Protecting your skin from the sun and bugs is important year-round, but especially during the summer. The sun's rays can damage skin and cause early aging and cancer, and insect bites are not only uncomfortable, but they're also associated with disease. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), one out of five people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. So they suggest using a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
Though proper sunscreen is considered the front line in skin protection, there are many natural products — both oral and topical — that have been shown to assist with protecting the skin from the sun as well as repelling insects. Read on for more information about how to protect your skin!