Sunburn is often difficult to avoid, especially if your skin is fair like mine.  No matter how long the winter has been, spring is coming, and with it, the sun will be shining more!  Since your skin has not seen much sun, it’s important to take measures now to avoid sunburn.

While the sun has Vitamin D that is important for your immune system, it also has harmful rays that can damage your skin.

Here are a few tips to take care of your body’s largest organ with the sun appearing more often:

1. Avoid processed food.

Processed food has very little nutritional value and can actually harm your skin from the inside.  Remember, if something is bad for one part of your body, it’s bad for all your body.  (Processed food is harmful to your immune system; therefore, it’s harmful for your skin as well.)

The best food for you and your skin is fruits and vegetables.  They have vitamins antioxidants which nourish your skin from the inside out.

2.  Avoid processed sugar.

Most of your sugar should come from honey, maple syrup, and fruit.  Processed sugar dehydrates your skin and causes many other skin issues.  If your skin is already dehydrated before it is exposed to the sun, the sun damage can be more extensive.

3.  Stay hydrated with pure water.

Our bodies are mostly water.  When you are out in the sun, you are losing much water through perspiration.  It’s important to drink plenty of water daily.  Even though the sun may not be out yet, form a good habit of drinking at least two quarts of water every day.  If you are thirsty, you are dehydrated.  Drink water before you are thirsty!

4.  Eat fish with Omega 3s, such as salmon and anchovies. 

If you can’t stand the smell of fish, at least take a high quality supplement with olive oil, calamari oil, and fish oil.  You’ve heard that fat is bad for you.  Well, there are good and bad fats.  You don’t want the fats from French fries, onion rings, and hamburgers.  On the other hand, the fats from fish are very healthy for you and

5.  Cleanse your body of harmful toxins.

When you eat foods that your body does not want, your skin helps in the detoxification process.  That means that your skin will have acne-like red bumps here and there.  The key to healthy-looking skin is a healthy gut.  Spring is the perfect time to do a cleanse because it’s warmer and therefore more pleasant to exercise outside!  Read more benefits of a cleanse here.

6.  Apply sunscreen before sun exposure.

Yes, you know that aloe is excellent for sunburns; why not apply the aloe proactively before you are sunburned?  Use a sunscreen with aloe in it.  Even if you are going for a short walk, it’s important to apply sunscreen (SPF should be at least 15).

Make sure that you apply the sunscreen every two hours while you are out in the sun.  In addition, your sunscreen should moisturize your skin.  Remember, dry skin is already damaged and can be damaged further by the sun.

7.  Soothe your skin with aloe after sun exposure. 

Whether or not you have fair skin, it’s important to soothe your skin after your sun exposure.  Make sure that the tube of aloe you purchase has aloe–not water–as the first ingredient.  In addition, make sure the aloe is certified by the International Aloe Science Council.

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