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Summer is around the corner, and we all know what that means; time to layer up on sunscreen to block the sun’s UV rays. When it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage, there are many healthy SPF alternatives to consider. With harsh chemicals that we would rather avoid, it’s important to find a sunscreen that doesn’t have a ton of additives and uses non-nano zinc!
On top of wearing sunscreen this summer, here are five foods that can help support your skin against those beaming rays while nourishing your body from previous sun damage.
Rich with the antioxidant lycopene (which is known to protect cells from damage), watermelon can help to protect your skin from light and any environmental pollutants. You can cut it open and bring it as a healthy snack at the beach, or try juicing it with a bit of mint – it’s delicious.
Pomegranates are known as the oldest UV protectors out there. Those little seeds are *extremely* high in a natural antioxidant called ellagic acid, which works as a skin protectant. Pomegranate seeds are amazing in salads, added to your morning breakfast or just to snack on by themselves!
Ever wonder why carrots are orange? It’s because of beta carotene, another amazing antioxidant that has natural skin protectant properties. It has been shown to help prevent sunburn! During the summer, my favorite snack is cutting carrots into strips and dipping them in my favorite hummus! I always stock up for trips to the beach.
This spicy anti-inflammatory powerhouse that can be made into teas, added to stir-fries, or soups and helps prevent wrinkles from UV radiation, as well as protecting collagen and keeping your skin radiant.
A high source of vitamin E, almonds help to fight off free radicals which are a major contributor to aging and protect your skin from UV rays. My favorite way to eat almonds is in freshly made almond milk, homemade granola, or just on their own!
While these foods are an added level of natural protection from the sun, don't forget that wearing sunscreen is critical to blocking the sun's rays. Whether you're meditating on the beach or practicing yoga at the park, always remember to bring your sunblock!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!