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How to Get Natural Protection from UV Rays

 
By Sara . Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Get Natural Protection from UV Rays

Along with sunburn, sunlight also leads to ageing of skin and skin cancer. These are caused by the UV rays from the sun. People regularly use sunscreen lotions to protect their skin from these harmful rays. Those who want to avoid slathering chemicals on their body to protect themselves from the UV rays can opt for some natural alternatives. In this OneHowTo article we will tell you how to get natural protection from UV rays.

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Lavender

Often on your bottle of sunscreen you might have seen lavender extracts listed under ingredients. This is because lavender is a natural sunscreen and also has that wonderful aroma. You can apply lavender oil on your body parts before stepping out in the sun. It has been found that when a person steps out in the sun after applying lavender oil, the generation of free radicals in their body gets inhibited. This protects the body from the harmful effects of the UV rays and also protects skin from any cancerous changes.

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Green tea

When we step outside the shade unprotected, then UV rays from the sun can cause skin damage leading to skin cancer. Sipping a cup of green tea everyday can prevent this from happening. The catechins from green tea give long term protection from UV radiation and also protect us from sunburn inflammations.

You can put cold, used green tea bags over a sunburn region in your body to get relief from the pain.

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Cucumber

Cucumber juice is a wonderful ingredient that can protect you from the harmful UV rays. While on one hand UV rays cause premature skin ageing and wrinkles; silica in cucumber skin keeps the skin firm. Cucumber juice can neutralize free radical which accelerate aging and also causes cancer when exposed to sun.

You can include cucumber in your diet, apply cucumber juice over your body or just have a cucumber mask or facial.

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Red and Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Next time you think about skipping the tomatoes or carrots in your meal; think twice. Red and orange colored fruits and veggies contain a natural pigment called lycopene and carotenoid which protects us from harmful effects of the UV rays of the sun. Carotenoids also reduce the effects of sunburn. Orange and red citrus fruits contain flavanoids which improves skin’s ability to protect itself against the UV rays.

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Oil

Sesame oil, hempseed oil, coconut oil, peanut oil and olive oil are all natural sunscreens. Sesame oil moisturizes dry skin and can block up to 30 percent of the harmful UV rays. Hempseed oil is extremely beneficial as it deflects UV rays and also allows the absorption of Vitamin D in our body. Coconut oil, peanut oil and olive oil are also great sun screen and protect our skin from UV rays.

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Tips
  • Do not attempt to use these in substitution for sunscreen if you are planning on sunbathing during the times of day when the Sun is at its highest (from 11 AM to 5 PM).

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