It may not last long, and it may be interspersed with rainstorms, but at long last, there are signs that days of sunshine are around the corner. And with the appearance of sun in the sky, comes the need to protect ourselves from any resultant sun damage.
As coconuts are naturally plentiful in sun-kissed countries such as Thailand, India, Brazil as well as the Caribbean Islands, it is common sense that inhabitants have found many ways of using nature’s natural bounty to assist in coping with strong heat and direct sunlight.
So how can we use the coconut here to keep us sun safe this summer season?
Go back to the 1970s, and coconut oil suntan lotion was in abundance, guaranteeing you a deep tan that would prove as evidence of a holiday abroad. Of course, fast forward to the here and now and concerns over skin cancer and anti-ageing mean that the advice is to protect the skin against damage with a high SPF. However, the skin still benefits from sun exposure as it naturally creates vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones as well as enhanced mood. Coconut oil naturally contains a low level of SPF but also as a wholly natural product, contains no additives or toxins that off-the-shelf suntan lotions need. Known to produce an enviable depth of tan, coconut oil also protects against skin damage as well as soothes the skin after sun exposure. As such, used wisely, you have a natural product that can help keep skin healthy in many ways.
And as much as coconut oil hydrates the skin on the body, it is also a very tasty and refreshing lip balm. Offering superior softening and moisturising properties, lips are protected and enhanced in equal measure.
Our hair dries out when exposed to sun, resulting in lacklustre and frizzy hair that lacks vibrancy and shine. Far from being over greasy, using coconut oil as an intense conditioning treatment restores the hair’s natural moisture levels, meaning hair is smoother, shinier and full of health.
Unfortunately for many, having fun in the sun inevitably means exposure to annoying insects. Coconut oil not only helps repel insects, but if you do get stung, acts to soothe with natural antiseptic properties.
And one major factor that should never be ignored when the weather is warmer is hydration. When we are hot we naturally sweat to cool the body down, so we need to top up our natural liquid levels in order to not get dehydrated. The effects of dehydration should never be taken lightly and can result in quick deterioration in health. This is especially important when drinking alcohol which is a natural diuretic.
Drinking coconut water is known to be a superior rehydration fluid that ensures optimum electrolyte levels. Even for those with an aversion to the stronger foodie coconut taste, coconut water is milder and sweeter as well as being ultra-refreshing.