As wonderful as summer is, the beating rays can cause damage to exposed skin. Luckily, there are some natural ingredients that are most likely already in your kitchen which can help to prevent and to heal sunned skin.
Coconut oil is as beneficial to your skin as it is to your cells. Unlike most store sold moisturizer, coconut oil is fat based and petroleum free. Most moisturizers are water based, leaving your skin dry after the water dries, and have many artificial ingredients (and in some cases perfumes) for commercial benefit.
The natural oil content found in coconut oil makes it a wonder-drug for naturally preventing dry skin and for nourishing hair follicles. Just buy organic, extra-virgin coconut oil–that way you know it’s free of GMOs, bleach and perfumes.
Apply coconut oil to your hands, feet or any other dry areas and use it as a deep conditioning hair mask, allowing the oil to penetrate for 10-20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly (from personal experience I don’t recommend using it as a leave-in conditioner as it can leave your hair looking oily).
The natural fat content of coconut oil leaves skin moist and smooth and hair shiny and hydrated; what’s more, it has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Avocados and Avocado Oil
Like the coconut, avocados are an excellent source of natural fat. They also contain various essential oils and vitamins, such as vitamin E, that your skin can benefit from.
The vitamin E content makes avocado perfect as a dry skin solution, while the humectants found in the peel provide additional moisture.
The oily contents also make for a hydrating scalp treatment and a natural oil-bath.
Last but not least, olive oil is not only great on summer salads, it’s rich in fatty acids, making it great for the skin as well.
A completely natural exfoliant can be made by mixing equal parts salt and olive oil.
Olive oil has also been popularized as a natural shaving cream alternative that helps prevent summer skin rashes, and as an excellent way to clean BBQ grease off your hands!
That’s more than you bargained for out of your Paleo kitchen oils, I’m sure. Now that’s making the most of summer!