From backyard cookouts to beachside happy hours, Fourth of July weekend is a popular time to spend outside with friends and family, soaking up that glorious sunshine. But chances are, many people will wake up the next morning with painful sunburns all over their bodies from too much UV exposure and not enough—or the wrong type of—sun protection.
The fact is we often forget to take the right precautions for our skin whenever we’re outside, or we just don’t bother because we’d rather “get tan” instead of cover ourselves properly. When taking these risks though, we’re putting our skin in direct contact with harmful UV radiation which doesn’t just cause sunburns, blisters and temporary discomfort, but long-term damage that some of us might not even be aware of.
There are two kinds of ultraviolet light—UVA and UVB. Both are invisible to the naked eye because their wavelengths, measured from the sun’s surface to the earth’s atmosphere, are shorter than light on the visible electromagnetic spectrum. Because we don’t notice them, the effects of UV rays are often ignored, but unhealthy exposure can lead to premature aging, cataracts and other eye issues, altered skin DNA, weakened immune function and various forms of skin cancer—including the most dangerous, melanoma which causes about 8,000 fatalities in the United States each year.
Due to these risk factors, sun protection is absolutely crucial for all outdoor activities. But don’t just settle for any mass-market SPF on the cosmetic aisle. These products are manufactured with toxic chemicals and other artificial ingredients that are too harsh for the skin and don’t offer an effective amount of coverage. When it comes to shielding your skin from UV radiation, organic sun-care is the most beneficial option. Choose a product with therapeutic-grade essential oils and nontoxic ingredients that come straight from nature.
At PHbotanical, we handcraft our After-Sun care products in small batches from certified organic ingredients that are gentle, restorative, nourishing and safe for all skin types—even the most sensitive. The After-Sun care line contains organic aloe vera hydroflorial, shea butter, bees wax, babassu, kuki nut oil, vegetable glycerin, organic avocado oil, organic pomegranate oil, organic carrot oil and organic extracts of chamomile, green tea and arnica. The following is a breakdown of the skincare benefits found in each of these ingredients.
We want you to indulge in the outdoor festivities this Fourth of July without stressing about whether or not your skin is in danger of UV exposure. Let us take care of the guesswork for you, and lather up with our deep healing organic After-Sun care products. After all, when it comes to maximum sun protection, your skin deserves the best—and safest—option available!