(BPT) - Warm breezes and long, sunny days beckon people of all ages outdoors. Being in Mother Nature has numerous benefits, including a positive boost to mental wellness. After your time outside, you need to make sure you care for your skin, a regimen to look as good as you feel. Fortunately, natural ingredients can help you with your after-sun care needs so you can feel your best inside and out.
Whether you're relaxing on your patio, gardening in the backyard or having an outdoor adventure at a local park, any time outside is time well spent. According to the American Psychological Association, spending time in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health and emotional well-being.
Even on cloudy days or in open shade, UV rays can still cause damage to the skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control. SunBurnt product formulas are ideal for after-sun care, with soothing ingredients ideal for when you're done with summer activities like hiking, boating and swimming, which leaves the skin vulnerable. These ingredients include:
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Aloe vera: With natural healing and soothing properties, aloe vera has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for sunburn. Aloe contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants that help reduce infections, speed up healing time, and reduce redness and itch while providing a cooling effect.
Calendula: Commonly known as pot marigold, this ingredient is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritated skin and promote hydration to help remedy sunburn.
Coconut oil: The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil possess antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacteria, in addition to keeping it moist.
Cucumber: Cucumber provides a base for hydration, something needed after being in the sun. It also reduces swelling and puffiness while soothing irritation. It contains Vitamin C which is known to aid in new skin cell growth as well as folic acid, which helps to fight off toxins.
Echinacea: Echinacea extracts are used topically to soothe and reduce irritated skin, and even diminish wrinkles.
Algae extract: Algae and kelp (or seaweed) revitalize and tone the skin. Algae improves skin elasticity and helps restore moisture to dry skin.
Maintaining a sun-safe skin routine is essential year-round, especially when spending time outdoors in summer. Ciara Johnson, a solo traveler enthusiast @hey_ciara and lifestyle influencer collaborating with SunBurnt, knows the joy that comes with natural places but is also aware of how important it is to take care of your skin.
“I can attest to the fact that being outdoors is good for the soul but without the right regimen can be rough on the skin,” says Johnson. “My travels through my company Hey Ciara have transported me to every kind of climate imaginable and caring for my skin after hitting the trails, strolling the beach or exploring a local landmark is a must, which is why having a product like SunBurnt in my travel kit is essential.”
Because she's so passionate about spending time outdoors, Johnson is excited to announce that the SunBurnt #SummerNaturally sweepstakes is back for the second year! The social media photo and video sweepstakes Grand Prize includes an $800 gift card to HipCamp, which hosts various outdoor adventures across the U.S., and a $700 gift card for American Airlines to help with travel to the selected destination. People who enter the sweepstakes are also eligible for three monthly drawings to receive a cash prize of $100.
People can enter on Facebook by following @SunBurnt then including the hashtag #SummerNaturally in the post with their picture; and on Instagram by following @TheSunBurntBrand and then uploading a photo using the hashtag #SummerNaturally. Profiles must be set to public through the duration of the sweepstakes which ends September 6, 2022. Monthly winners for the three $100 gift cards will be revealed on SunBurnt social media channels. Visit https://woobox.com/2e6obo to learn more.
“'Self-care’ in the form of a unique outdoor experience best describes our intent with our #SummerNaturally social media photo and video sweepstakes,” said Anne Brolly, senior vice president of product development and marketing at Quest Products Inc. makers of SunBurnt. “We look forward to seeing entries of people enjoying the summer outdoors and of course will be reminding everyone to nurture their skin after being in nature.”