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Summer is here and the holidays are just around the corner, which for many of us means sun, sea and sand. Long days sunbathing with the sound of the waves crashing peacefully nearby, sipping an icy drink and breathing in the humid salty air; this is often a time to recharge for the coming year. However, for many of us this time can also result in some unfortunate and dangerous side-effects, like dry, sun-damaged skin.

One of the biggest dangers we expose ourselves to is sunburn. Sunburn is the actual burning of the skin, with damage occurring before significant redness appears. As we experience little or no pain during the initial stages of sunburn, we often don’t realise that we’re putting our skin at risk until it’s too late.

Make sure your holiday is the relaxing break you deserve and your skin is beach-perfect with our top 5 organic products.

  1. Alteya Organics: Protect yourself from sunburn

Although we often treat it as just an itchy irritation, sunburn can increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Studies have even suggested that a single blistering sunburn in childhood can increase the chance of melanoma (skin cancer) later in life.

More people are opting for natural sunscreens as protection because they don’t contain harmful chemicals. Studies reveal that some of the chemicals commonly used in sunscreen may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body, as it is considered to be an endocrine disruptor and may contribute to endometriosis in women, among other issues.

Organic sunscreen protects your skin against damaging sun rays without transferring harmful chemicals. Our top pick for the beach this summer is Organic Whole Body Sunscreen by Alteya Organics. Alteya Organics advanced formula is enriched with emollient botanical butters and oils to hydrate and protect skin. Alteya Organics also offer an Organic Kids & Baby Sunscreen, created especially for little ones and sensitive skin.

  1. Organic Argan Oil by Nautica Oils: Take care of dry skin, nails and hair

Sunbathing, especially on the beach, can leave you feeling tired, drained and dry. This is largely due to the sand and sun, and they can also leave your skin and hair feeling lifeless. Nautica Oils’ Organic Argan Oil is our favourite way to combat dryness. The unique, rich and complex composition of Argan Oil makes it extremely versatile. This “Liquid Gold” carrier oil has been traditionally used for hair, skin and nail care and in fading stretch marks.

  1. Natraloe Regenerating Aloe Gel: Deeply nourish sunburnt skin 

Natraloe Regenerating Aloe Gel contains 83% pure organic Aloe Ferox Gel. We’ve covered the wonders of Aloe Ferox Gel in detail in a previous post, especially its ability to naturally and effectively treat multiple skin types for multiple problems. The gel has been proven to have remarkable natural healing abilities for problem skin with the unique ability to penetrate below the epidermis, carrying its properties to the dehydrated and damaged cells beneath. The organic gel is rich in natural glycoproteins, which contain antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, as well as high levels of antioxidants. These powerful properties can be used to effectively treat skin problems ranging from sunburn, dehydrated skin, eczema and blemishes, to signs of aging, scar tissue, external wounds and acne.

  1. African Potato Cream by Down to Earth: Soothe your skin

Down to Earth’s nourishing African Potato Cream helps to soothe a variety of skin conditions, and is especially effective for sunburns. This potent topical cream is also great for stiff joints, arthritis and muscular pain. The African potato is the crucial ingredient, with high sterol and sterolin levels which work to ease inflammation, accelerate healing and even to boost immunity. The Down to Earth cream also contains ultra-nourishing coconut oil and aloe which work wonders for dry skin.

  1. Pure Coconut Water from Natural Raw C: Stay hydrated

It’s important to stay hydrated when out in the sun, as dehydration can lead to some extremely unpleasant symptoms including heat stroke. When our skin doesn’t get enough water, the lack of hydration can cause it to become dry, tight and flaky. The most hydrating drink you can take to the beach with you is Natural C’s Raw Coconut Water. Coconut water is packed with healthy properties, including B vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium and trace minerals such as manganese, iodine and zinc.