There’s nothing like a summer caravanning getaway. Whether you’re going solo or with the family, there’s a world of fun to be had in the sun this time of the year. We’ve got a handy list of organic products that’ll keep you protected from the harsh sun, and in an all-natural fashion to boot!
Aloe Vera: The primary ingredient in a number of commercially available sunscreens, aloe vera acts swiftly on sunburns, not just healing them but also keeping scars at bay. Aloe vera gel is available in most organic or health food stores, and can make for a great addition to your sun safety gear this camping season.
Sesame Oil: Sesame oil can be used both as a sunburn remedy and as an organic substitute to regular sunscreen. You would need to reapply every couple of hours, though, as long as you’re out in the sun.
Coconut Oil: Another natural sunscreen, coconut oil also comes with additional benefits that make it a great product to have at your disposal during a camping trip. Besides being a natural skin moisturiser, it can also boost Vitamin D production when consumed with food.
Wheat Germ Oil: This organic product is the equivalent of an SPF-20 sunscreen. Also doubles up as a skin moisturiser.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil: You might not have heard of red raspberry seed oil before, but it happens to be one of the most effective organic sunscreens out there. Not only does it get you sun protection to the tune of 28-50SPF, it also blocks out harmful UV rays.
Sandalwood and Turmeric: These two ingredients are core components of a number of Ayurvedic skin care concoctions. Available as powders and pastes, sandalwood and turmeric can be mixed in equal measures and applied on sunburnt skin for both instant relief and long-term healing.
White Vinegar: Dip a piece of clean cloth in a dilute mixture of white vinegar and cold water, and apply the same as a cold compress to any sunburnt area.
Milk: You might not be able to walk around doused in milk, but keeping some handy could be a great idea in the summer months. Milk has a natural tendency to cool the skin, thus acting as an effective sunburn remedy, especially if any of the above organic products are not available.
And some general dietary considerations
Taking the organic approach to sun safety differs from the usual forms of treatment that we’re used to. It doesn’t rely as much on spot action, as it does on a slow, gradual process of eating well and practising a healthy lifestyle. If you’re planning to spend a lot of your time in the outdoors, it only makes sense to drink lots of water. This will support your body in combating sunburns, and also eliminate the chances of dehydration-induced headaches.
In addition to an increased water intake, healthy eating habits will also go a long way in enhancing your sun protection. Primarily, incorporate healthy fats and antioxidants in your diet. Look for dark coloured fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids. Complement them with nuts, sunflower seeds, avocados and sea vegetables. If you’re into spicy foods, try incorporating turmeric into your recipes for an additional dose of antioxidants.
Keep yourself sun-safe with these organic remedies, and be all set to welcome the summer in all its glory. While you’re at it, don’t forget to carry sufficient protective clothing, and do make the most of the breezy, moonlit outdoors at night; it’s a great environment within which to cool off your sunburns. Here’s to naturally sun-safe and happy camping holidays!