Our skin is the largest organ in our body and its so important for us to take good care of it. Beside safe sun practices that we will dive into soon, things like stress and diet hugely affect your skin’s appearance. Of course with my background as a Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant I have to pass on some general health tips to keep your skin healthy from the inside out.
*Let’s dive into Nutrition & Wellness first!
Learning how to decrease stress and adopt a healthy sustainable diet are two key factors to beautiful skin.
– STRESS can elevate hormone levels making you more prone to acne; it can trigger psoriasis; and it can cause premature aging.
Use your favorite de-stressing techniques like deep breathing, prayer, meditation, and exercise to lower stress. I also love using Stress Away oil on my temples, the back of my neck, or in the diffuser to decrease occasional stress. Any high frequency oil can help support your emotional wellbeing.
– DIET is equally important. Collagen makes up 70 percent of your skin, and vitamin C plays a vital role in its synthesis. Antioxidant vitamins protect collagen, and vitamin A prevents dryness and roughness on the surface.
Essential fats are also needed for healthy skin.
Avoid sugar and processed food.
Avoid wheat and dairy. (I know this is SO HARD. Trust me I am right there with you! BUT we can totally do it!)
Eat healthy organic food like fruits, veggies, and protein.
Increase daily water intake.
Take your daily Young Living supplements.
YL supplements that support healthy skin:
NINGXIA RED is extremely high in antioxidants. One to two oz a day will do your body good.
SULFURZYME combines wolfberry with essential daily nutrients to support intestinal function and eliminate free radicals.
OMEGAGIZE is an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement.
LIFE 9 is a proprietary, high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial bacteria strains that promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function.
*Now let’s dive into safe sun practices.
The excitement of longer, brighter, and warmer days can make some a little reckless when it comes to caring for their body.
Did you know that too much skin exposure to the sun can not only put you at higher risk of skin cancer but also can prematurely age the skin?
The sun can have a profound effect on our skin, causing premature skin aging, skin cancer, and many other skin changes. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun accounts for most premature skin aging.
The Golden rule has always been to avoid the sun durning the 10-2pm hour. But let’s be real, that can be challenging when your out all day. So you need to understand what makes a good sunscreen so you can make sure you are protected properly.
You want to filter out UVA and UVB light waves in order to protect your skin. If you can’t avoid the sun, then you can use sunscreen to block those waves.
But what about all those chemicals found in sunscreens?! For example, do yourselves a favor and look up Oxybenzone. YUCK!
Thankfully Young Living provides us with before and after sun care we need, with out the harmful and questionable ingredients.
Ones that Protect, Nourish, & Moisturize the trifecta of skin care.
Before Young Living came out with their sunscreen I learned how to my own. I started doing that because my middle son Kai was allergic to sunscreens and would break out in horrible rashes. Thankfully with his darker complexion, avoiding the 10-2pm hours, sun shirts and hats we did ok when he was younger, but as he got older he didn’t want all that stuff on & we spent a lot of time at the pool or beach with our friends.
Now making your own sunscreen seams like a huge task but it truly is so easy! At the bottom of the page you will find my recipe, supply list and a copy of a Live Video I did for my facebook group a few months ago.
If you are not a DIY type of person, that’s ok! I was so excited that Young Living came out with their first sunscreen in 2017 and they just released a higher SPF this month! I actually keep a few tubes of the YL Sunscreen in my car and my bag when we are out exploring. I love the small packaging and it rubs in a bit easier then my homemade one. I also love to use this on my face!
What exactly is sunscreen and how does it work?
Sunscreen is NOT all about the SPF%. Shocker right!? SPF measures protection from sunburn, but not other types of skin damage. Good sunscreen needs to protect both UVA and UVB rays. Most Sunscreen on the market only cover UVB. If they cover both UVA & UVB it will be labeled as Broad Spectrum. But they will not be equal coverage based on the SPF value.
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling and suppression of the immune system. (Remember UVA=Skin Aging & Damage)
UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. (Remember UVB=Sun Burn )
SPF 10-90% Blockage of UVB rays
SPF 15- 93% Blockage of UVB rays
SPF 30- 97% Blockage of UVB rays
SPF 50- 98% Blockage of UVB rays
SPF 100- 99% Blockage of UVB rays
ZINC covers both UVA (1 &2) & UVB. SPF is directly tied to the % of zinc found in the product.
Nanoparticles Most zinc oxide (and titanium dioxide) based sunscreens contain nanoparticles one-twentieth the width of a human hair. What are nanoparticles for? They are super tiny particles that are used to reduce or eliminate the chalky white tint that larger particles leave on the skin. Why are nanoparticles bad for us? Nanoparticles are bad because they can get into our blood stream and when activated by the sun can actually cause sun damage.
Young Living Mineral Sunscreen
Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils, including Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense, Myrrh, Cistus, & Ylang Ylang. this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly, so you can effortlessly apply it when you’re outdoors.
Mineral Sunscreen Lotion available in SPF 10 or 50
Contains non-nano zinc oxide that is coated in Jojoba Esters which creates a lightweight and invisible barrier that provides protection for UVA & UVB protection.
Formulated for all skin types
Water & sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.
It is REEF safe, it’s good for ocean life!!
We also need to talk about how to love your skin after being kissed by the sun. When you stay out in the sun too long, you need to refresh and help it recover. Thankfully Young Living has a few options.
LavaDerm After-Sun Spray.
This naturally derived after-sun spray offers temporary relief from the pain and itching of minor burns, minor cuts, sunburns, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations, so your family can keep playing all day.
Using menthol from mint, this spray soothes and cools the skin, providing immediate relief from the effects of outdoor activity. Plus, its moisturizing qualities—from ingredients such as aloe, Lavender essential oil, and Helichrysum essential oil—also help prevent peeling and leave skin feeling soft and smooth instead of tacky or sticky. With a vegan-friendly formula made without alcohol, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants, LavaDerm After-Sun Spray is ready for the whole family to use at the beach, on a hike, or during any outdoor playtime.
Benefits and Features
- Temporarily relieves the pain and itching associated with minor burns, sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations
- Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic
- Soothes and cools skin
- Provides immediate relief
- Moisturizes to help prevent peeling
- Promotes healthy-looking skin
- Made with plant-based and naturally derived ingredients
- Formulated without alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants
LavaDerm Cooling Mist
Promote healthy skin with LavaDerm™, Young Living’s refreshing Lavender spray. It’s made with skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. Its mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk.
After that, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Young Living has a few options for Hand and Body Lotion. Lavender and the KidScents Lotion are the most popular! Made with plant-based ingredients, Hand & Body Lotion moisturizes and protects skin from overexposure for long-lasting hydration.
Young Living’s Coconut Lime Replenishing Body Butter features Lime essential oil and uses plant-based ingredients to deeply moisturize your skin with a non-greasy formula.
Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
Plastic Squeeze Bottle, 8oz
Plastic Pump Bottle, 6oz
Push up containers
From your kitchen:
A kitchen scale
Glass bowl that will fit on top of pot (we make a double boiler)
Rubber spatula & Whisk ( You will need one that can be just for sunscreen and not used in food prep agin)
Hot mitts/pot holder
Dive in deeper and do your own research!
Check out the Environmental Working Groups (EWG) Guide to Sunscreen. Its a wealth of knowledge!