By Amanda @ The Organic Bunny
To ensure we are all ready for summer, the safest way possible, I thought I would share some super clean sunscreen options for these warmer temps, as well as share my favorite Project Juice blends that I use to keep my skin in tip-top shape.
Proper sun protection + delicious organic juices = happy, healthy skin year round!
Exposure to toxins and pollutants through our environment
First and foremost, if you are heading out into the sun anytime soon, there are some important tips to remember!
It’s always best to get outdoors earlier or later in the day to avoid the most harmful, midday rays. I never leave home without a hat, lightweight long sleeves to cover my skin, and a clean SPF to give me that extra protection if my skin will be in direct sunlight.
And we all know that what we eat directly affects our health, but did you know that the beauty products we apply play an important role in optimal health as well? That’s right ladies and gents, up to 60 percent of the products we apply to our skin each day can quickly absorb and enter the bloodstream! Therefore it’s essential to apply only the best, organic skin and beauty products at all times.
My rule always is this: if I wouldn’t eat it, I wouldn’t apply it, especially because you can actually absorb more toxins from skin care products than from food – craziness!
How to Pick the Cleanest Sunscreen
When choosing a sunscreen, you always want to opt for an organic, non-nano, mineral-based product.
Many brands will often make mineral-based sunscreen, however, the particle sizes in these sunscreens are often too tiny (nano-sized particles), meaning they can potentially enter your pores. It’s very important to look for a non-nano mineral-based sunscreen, that way the sunscreen sits topically and not inside of you, crucial!
Next, I would suggest avoiding conventional sunscreens as most contain hormone-disrupting synthetic fragrances, Oxybenzone (a possible carcinogen and penetration enhancer), Polyethylene (a carcinogenic plastic), synthetic preservatives like Parabens and Phenoxyethanol, and Disodium EDTA.
ORGANIC BUNNY’S TAKE ON Best Sunscreen Brands to Try this year
Looking for a super clean, non-nano sunscreen that won’t put you at risk for all of the above?! Here are a few brands I love:
- Raw Elements USA: Super clean for the entire family! I love the tinted version for my body, it really holds up amazingly on my face, neck, arms and more. (Raw Elements)
- Coola Rose Tinted SPF: I love using this tinted SPF 20 when I am active outdoors. It gives a splash of tinted color while protecting my skin. Because this is only SPF 20, I suggest this for light outdoor activities like a quick hike or jog. (Coola)
- Josh Rosebrook Tinted SPF: This is amazing for moisturizing with added SPF! I love using this for under-makeup protection as it’s not too greasy and makes for the perfect primer while protecting my face! (Josh Rosebrook)
- Kypris Pot of Shade Primer SPF: This is also amazing for wearing under makeup or alone as it’s totally transparent and made to prime makeup as well. There’s no added color to it, so it’s a great option for all skin tones. (Safe & Chic)
BEAUTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Now that you know how to protect your skin on the outside, here are some of my favorite ways to nourish my skin on the inside – thanks to none other than Project Juice. As you know, I am totally addicted to these organic juices!
My favorite skin-saving blends are the following:
I love anything watermelon, and this blend also includes young coconut water, apple, strawberries and lime!
Did you know that consuming fresh strawberries actually helps prevent wrinkles, too? The powerful vitamin C found in strawberries helps us to produce collagen, which then helps keep the skin firm and build resiliency.
Consuming coconut water also comes with its own benefits. It moisturizes the skin from within while eliminating large amounts of oil – just another reason why this blend is one of my seasonal faves!
This is my absolute favorite green juice blend as it’s the perfect mix of sweet and healthy, all in one! Packed full of pineapple, pear, cucumber, kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, ginger, turmeric and lime, this organic juice is so essential to healthy skin!
Did you know that studies have shown that spinach can reduce skin cancer? Kale is high in beta-carotene, the carotenoid that creates vitamin A keeping hair and skin moisturized. Kale is also loaded with vitamin C, which, again, builds and maintains collagen, the key protein that provides structure to your hair, skin and bones!
My second favorite fruit blend is the D-Tox juice featuring more pineapple, coconut water, mint, green apple and the mighty chlorophyll water! Chlorophyll water stimulates anti-aging enzymes and encourages healthy and youthful skin. The juice is also packed with magnesium which helps combat the effects of aging while supporting healthy tissues. D-Tox is tasty, refreshing, and powerful – and will have your taste buds and skin saying thank you!
So, there you have it! My tips and tricks for keeping your skin in the best possible shape year round, and, more importantly, throughout the warmer summer months.
Feel free to share your skin-saving tips and tricks in the comments below, I would love to hear what others love as well!