Did you know that the sun causes 90% of all visible skin aging? Yes, it’s shocking!
The majority isn’t caused by UVB rays, but by UVA rays. The damage caused by UVA rays doesn’t appear right away, in fact, it takes years to appear because these rays go deeper into your skin and mutate your skin’s DNA.
I personally encourage my kids and my family to go outside and get sunlight everyday. It is great for your mood and your Vitamin D levels, but that doesn’t mean we should go without protecting our face.
Most people notice sun damage on their faces and this is why using a facial sunscreen all year long is so important! It’s even more important not to forget about it during the winter months. The cooler temperature may fool us into thinking we don’t have to worry about the sun rays but in the Northern hemisphere we’re closer to the sun in the winter and the protective ozone layer is also thinner during this time of year. In other words, our skin gets lots of UVB and UVA rays during the winter months too!
We’ve all seen our mother’s friends age, but not everyone ages the same way. Sure, genetics plays a role but so does sun exposure. Those who protected their faces on a regular basis tend to age better. However, it is not only about protecting your face but about using products that are non-toxic.
A lot of sunscreens contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to health issues such as skin cancer. So, why use the toxic stuff when there are safer alternatives? My favorite one is our sponsor for this post, Goddess Garden Organics.
As you probably know, I become an ambassador for them because I am passionate about safer, non-toxic and better options for everyone in the family. Goddess Garden is all about that, in fact, their company started with a mom, like you and me, whose daughter was allergic to most of the ingredients found in mainstream bath and body products.
How to reverse sun damage?
Ok, so you know we should use a non-toxic sunscreen but what if we forgot or didn’t use it enough? Are we doomed? Of course not!
There are products that help heal your skin and reverse sun damage.
We’ve all heard of the famous retinol that’s in most beauty products and promises to help with aging but unfortunately it comes with side effects. Plus most of the time this ingredient is combined with other ingredients that contain endocrine disruptors, causing even more damage.
However, there are natural products that can help reverse sun damage without the use of harsh ingredients. Look for products with soothing, plant-powdered ingredients like:
- Chicory root (mimics collagen-boosting retinol)
- Natural alpha hydroxy acids from mango
- Mango Butter
- Licorice root
You can also consume foods that are great for your skin, like pomegranates, berries, salmon, nuts, avocados and honey.
Skin Repair with Goddess Garden Organics:
You also need to include in your daily regimen the use of non-toxic, nourishing products that will reverse sun damage and keep your skin looking healthy. For that, I like using the Goddess Garden skin care line, especially during the fall and winter months since it’s a great time to treat your skin from the roughness of summer.
What I love about Goddess Garden Organics is that they are non-toxic, plant-based and organic. They started with a sunscreen line so the skin care line is heavily focused on repairing your skin and maintaining it healthy.
Their products are able to reduce 23% of wrinkles in just 90 days! Since I don’t have too many wrinkles yet I am using their products as a way to keep my skin healthy. I focus mostly on my nighttime routine since that’s when I have more time. Also, because most healing and repair happens during our sleep. I make it a priority to go to bed with clean skin and nourishing creams.
My favorite products for skin repair are:
- Face the Day: I apply this every morning, right after washing my face and before any make-up. This way if I forget to put sunscreen during the day, at least I started with a good base.
- Erase the Day: Is an amazing face cleaner that removes all the nasty minerals we’ve accumulated throughout the day.
- Day Undone and Dream Repair: I alternate between these two. I put one or the other before going to bed every night and let its ingredients work in my sleep.
Have you tried any of these Goddess Garden Organics skin care products? If you haven’t you should check them out! They’re affordable and safe (they even have a great rating on the Skin Deep Database).