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Sunny Days: The Extra-Sensitive Skin Version

We all want summer skin that glows. But we all know the risks of sunbathing, too. 

What to do when sunscreen protects you from harmful rays but causes angry, irritated, and blemished skin? It's a common problem for sensitive and allergenic skin. Sound familiar?

It’s a fine line I cross every time I use a sunscreen. I have sensitivities to chemicals used in skincare. Sunscreen (touted as a safe and healthy choice for all of us) is not immune to irritating my extra-sensitive skin.

Most of the sunscreens found in drugstores are comprised of chemicals. And they often contain synthetic fragrance, which is a big no-no for me. Although it's a common problem for many of us who suffer with sensitive and allergenic skin, there are a few alternatives.

My personal solution is to use an all-natural sunscreen when I absolutely must — for times when I can’t hide from the sun. I usually buy a brand made for children. It's the safest I can find and contains no irritants or allergens. It is a mineral-based natural sunscreen (zinc dioxide) with no toxins or fragrances. I try to avoid using it on my face to prevent a possible bout of atopic dermatitis. Instead, I protect my face by wearing a hat and trying to find some shade.

On most sunny days, however, I try to avoid the sun all together. The sun has proven time and again not to be my friend. The upside is younger, brighter-looking skin, fewer wrinkles, and no stressful episodes of dermatitis. That's quite the bonus, especially as you get older.

Here is my skincare to-do list when the sun’s rays are operating at high voltage. All of these are meant to pamper skin and ensure it gets the nutrients needed (both topically and internally) to minimize sun damage, particularly if you cannot tolerate sunscreens: 

HYDRATE. Inside and out. Drink plenty of water and moisturize your skin. A rich restorative body oil works wonders. Our Radiance Body Oil is half the price of some familiar brands and does a better job at locking in moisture without making your skin feel oily or greasy. Our Revive Anti-Aging Face Serum pampers your skin with multiple organic and super-restorative oils. It also safeguards your skin's barrier, making it less susceptible to irritations.

NOURISH. Eat water-dense foods (strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, etc.) that are high in antioxidants and help protect your skin from sunburn and other damage. Zucchini is an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that fights sun damage and aids in collagen production. A fatty fish such as salmon will also work wonders in supporting irritated skin.



TAKE COVER. Wear a hat. Wear long sleeves. All clothing must assure coverage from the sun. Stay in the shade. Wear an all-natural sunscreen and reapply every 30 minutes.

TIME IS YOUR FRIEND. Always limit your direct sun exposure to 30 minutes or fewer. Or only go outside before 10 am, or after 4 pm, when the sun's rays are less strong.

EXFOLIATE. When you get home, brush full body to remove any dead skin cells. Hop in the shower and bathe. Now is a good time to gently exfoliate your face. Our hydrating Nurture cleanser provides gentle facial exfoliation for sensitive skin. It contains Dead Sea clay (known for its high-mineral content), which aids in repairing skin. Squeeze a nickle-sized squirt into hands, gently rub into face, and let sit while you steam. Rinse and breathe.

HYDRATE (AGAIN). Post-shower, drink lots of water. Moisturize both face and body, generously. 

SUNBURN? OOPS.

If you get too much sun (or your skin is irritated) our nourishing Quench Multitasking Balm is your hero product. It will take care of sun-damaged skin.

Loaded with rose hip seed, sea buckthorn and frankincense oils, this sunny balm delivers soothing moisture to thirsty skin, helping it repair more quickly.