The start of summer is officially here, and it’s time to start thinking about how we will protect ourselves from the sun. A few years ago I wrote a post on sunscreen and the sunscreens I use. I still use the same brands today, and both are highly regarded in the wellness and medical communities.
There is no question that the sun is a big culprit for aging and discoloring the skin, and there are no substitutes for a quality sunscreen, a wide-brim hat and sunglasses. However, I have discovered the healing powers of Marshmallow Root, A. officinalis, which you might consider adding to your sun-protection routine. Studies show that Marshmallow Root extract significantly reduces UVA-induced DNA damage in the skin. UVA rays from the sun cause wrinkles and long-term skin effects, such as discolorations, and they can also lead to skin cancers ( although most skin cancers, as well as sunburns, are linked to UVB rays.) Marshmallow Root extracts also have been shown to regenerate damaged epithelial cells and they act as a demulcent and help protect mucosal linings.
When do I use it? I apply Marshmallow Root Oil extract after an afternoon bath; in the morning or before I go to bed at night. I’m diligent about sun-protection, but if I get too much sun, I apply this extract. If you tan at tanning salons ( Not a fan), you are mostly exposing yourself to UVA rays. If you don’t want to give up tanning, consider applying Marshmallow Root Oil extract after your tanning-bed session to minimize long-term deleterious effects.