Packs and food remedies to protect the skin from the sun

Many ingredients that we have in the pantry, such as oil or rice starch, can help us prepare completely natural 'do it yourself' cosmetics

Extra virgin olive oil, shea butter, oat or rice starch, licorice root, chamomile and mallow: these are just some of the ingredients that can help us create completely natural 'do it yourself' cosmetics to prepare skin for holidays or soothe it after exposure to sunlight. A cure-all for health – the tintarella – of which in recent years we have learned scientifically all the beneficial actions.

The benefits of the sun

Stimulates cellular metabolism; helps the production of vitamin D, precious for fixing calcium in the bones; strengthens the immune system; performs a skin-purifying and sebum-regulating action on the skin; helps blood circulation; positively influences mood: the sun is really a friend of our health. Gudrun Dalla Via, a journalist and expert in natural health and well-being, knows this well and dedicated a book entitled “Health in the sun to this topic. Turning the sun's rays into a natural medicine for skin, bones and mood "(Red!).

Foods to 'spread'

The expert takes into consideration the pros and cons of light, natural and artificial radiation. It helps us to derive maximum benefit from the sun, avoiding the damage caused by incorrect exposure. It recommends the best times and ways, and also the most suitable diet, for sunbathing according to the type of skin, the time, the climate, the age, the lifestyle. But not only: this article also suggests the most effective natural products and remedies both to prepare the body for the first rays of the sun and to repair the inconveniences caused by any 'indigestion' of radiation and heat.

The best substances

"Yes to oils obtained by cold pressing, rich in unsaturated fatty acids and other substances useful for the skin," explains the expert. "Even extra virgin olive oil is precious, if its smell doesn't bother you." Ok also to other lipids, first of all shea butter, alone or in some preparation. Herbs such as chamomile and mallow can also help soothe the skin after exposure. Those who love to prepare some cosmetics for themselves can therefore keep in mind that some recipes from our grandmothers are still very valid. But as long as you take certain precautions – suggests the journalist – how to keep the products in a cool place and consume them within a few days. Furthermore, the liquids must be shaken well before each application since they do not contain emulsifiers and therefore they can be not homogeneous and not very stable over time.

Here are some recipes revealed by the expert for sun products that can be easily prepared at home.

Solar oil

• 10 g of jojoba oil

• 30 g of avocado oil

• 30 g of sesame oil or rice bran

• 20 g of extra virgin olive oil

Mix all four oils thoroughly. “These lipids – explains Gudrun Dalla Via – contain a good dose of unsaponifiables, each of a different type, as is normal in nature. These unsaponifiables and natural filtering capacities complement and complement each other, resulting in a pleasant and eudermic oil ". A recommendation, however: avoid adding perfume, which could be photosensitizing.


• 50 g of shea butter

• 50 g of rice bran oil (or soybean oil)

Soften the shea butter in a bain marie and mix it with the rice bran oil (excellent natural sunscreen, generally from Japan, where the extraction technique was developed).

Chamomile or mallow decoctions for a soothing bath

"Chamomile or mallow decoctions, dissolved in the warm water of the bath, are excellent for soothing the skin after prolonged exposure to the sun," advises our expert. Here is his recipe suitable for both plants: pour in a liter of boiling water a handful of dry grass or 2 punches of fresh grass. Boil over low heat for ten minutes. Filter and pour the decoction into the bath water (be careful that it is not too hot!).

Shea butter after sun

• 50 g of shea butter

• 50 g of acacia honey

• 1 capsule (or ampoule) of vitamin E

Soften the shea butter in a water bath as soon as necessary to mix the honey and vitamin E.

After sun gel

• 100 g of licorice root

• 350 g of ethyl alcohol (at 90 degrees)

• 150 g of glycerin

• 10 g of rice starch or oatmeal

Prepare an alcoholic macerate of licorice by finely chopping the root, crushing it and pouring it into a glass jar in which you will have put the ethyl alcohol. Leave to soak for two weeks, filter and add half a liter of water. Shake vigorously. The so obtained macerate can be stored in a cool place or in the refrigerator for up to a month.

To prepare the gel, dilute it gradually in glycerin, avoiding the formation of lumps, rice starch or oat flour. Heat the mixture very slowly and let it boil on low heat for about a quarter of an hour, stirring constantly. A rather dense jelly will be formed which will be made more fluid with the addition of the alcoholic liquorice macerate (about 50 g), to be mixed thoroughly in the mass left to cool. This gel can be kept for several days, kept in an airtight container and in a cool place.

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