There’s No Such Thing as a Second Skin

You need to look after your skin. Here are a few natural remedies and approaches that help to protect and soothe it.

Just about every Australian who has experienced the harsh and yet brutal delights of summer sun in their early years, wishes they could have a full second skin!

Yes. It would be nice. It would solve the problem of sun damage, sun spots, and those wrinkles. And let’s not forget about the loss of collagen and elasticity or those frown lines and sun lines around the eyes!

There is no doubt the Australian climate can really hurt your skin’s elasticity, rejuvenating capacities and ability to heal. The sun in the Antipodes is fierce – far fiercer than the sun that visits the European continent and the United Kingdom where I am from – in the summer months.  As a naturopath and a sun lover, I’ve noticed the dramatic effects the Australian sun can have on individuals and my advice is always to approach the sun with respect and with a degree of common and natural sense.

We cannot simply go out in the Australian sun untreated or with uncovered skin. In summer comes the need for added safeguards and checks and balances that can protect you from permanent damage and also from the dangers of squamous cell carcinomas and even the dreaded melanoma.[1]

But you, like me, may want to follow a sun protection plan that is natural and devoid of harsh chemicals and additives. If that is the case, then this is what you can do:

  • Visit your local naturopath and ask about natural vitamin and mineral regimes that can help to keep your skin smooth and conditioned and supple.
  • Ask about natural sunscreens that are free from more harmful and toxic substances
  • Wear suitable clothing in the sun and cover up. Yes – it can appear a little outmoded and unfashionable to wear sun protection clothing, but it will protect your skin from burning
  • If you do burn, apply aloe vera or calamine lotion or other soothing ointments such as pawpaw ointment that can aid in the healing process.
  • Use a reputable hair, skin and nail treatment kit that contains substances such as silica ferrous fumarate and zinc.  Your nutritionist or alternative practitioner can guide you with a good product that works.
  • Always apply your sunscreen at regular intervals
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses and take a beach umbrella or find a shaded spot under trees if you are planning a long stint in the sun.

It is not hard to look after your skin. But it does require a change in thinking and a change in practical habits. Your skin is one of your body’s vital organs and performs a host of fascinating and important functions that serve you every second of everyday.

So respect it.

Because your skin and you are worth it!