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It’s summertime, and that means your days are full of backyard BBQ’s, hours hanging by the pool and vacations at the beach! While soaking up the sun may feel amazing, we all know the health hazards that too much tanning time can bring. While your first instinct may be to grab that bottle of sun block, you may be surprised to find that there are a few amazing and natural ways to protect your skin from those harmful rays. Sun Warrior lists the lowdown on the best forms of natural SPF!

Astaxanthin: This antioxidant is found in both salmon and lobster, and actually helps to protect our skin from UV rays. By eating these foods on a regular basis, you are automatically protecting your skin from the sun. Try adding a few of these lobster or salmon recipes to your weekly menu to up your astaxanthin intake.

salmon

Red Raspberry Seed Oil: Applying a thin layer of red raspberry oil gives skin a natural 28-50 SPF, while blocking the harmful UVB rays. This oil also leaves you smelling delicious and fresh, ditching that typical sunscreen odor.

raspberry oil

Sesame Seed Oil: Sesame seed oil, when applied about every 1-2 hours, provides a natural 30 SPF. While this oil may seem a bit thick, pouring it into a spray bottle and then spritzing onto the skin as needed, provides a light layer of protection, as well as a gorgeous sheen to the skin.

sesame seed oil

Aloe Vera Gel: While most people reserve aloe vera for a post-burn treatment, it actually provides a natural 20 SPF as well. This is perhaps the favorite of all the natural sunscreen selections, as the gel is cool, light, blends quickly into the skin and has a crisp, summery fragrance.

aloe vera plant

So if you’ve been searching for a greener alternative to sun protection, give on of these remedies a try!

Already suffering from a sunburn? We’ve got a natural cure for that as well! Bust out a ripe avocado, mash thoroughly into a bowl, mix with a Tbsp of olive oil and apply to the burned area for a soothing effect, and some seriously smooth skin! (via In Sonnet’s Kitchen). For amazing recipes containing avocado, click here!