The dangers of the sun and UV radiation on your skin & what YOU can do

Posted by Debbie van Grieken on

Sun is a fact of life for any of us who spend time outdoors in the sun, whether it’s playing with our kids, taking relaxing strolls or with jobs in outdoor conditions. UV radiation poses challenges for the skin, but thankfully there are some ways to minimize the negative effects - one of which is shea butter. Derived from nuts found in Africa, this all-natural cream can be used both before and after exposure - effectively reducing sunburns and improving skin elasticity. This blog article explores some of these benefits, as well as how best to apply shea butter to achieve results.


The sun's rays have several harmful effects on your skin, both through their intense levels of UV radiation and their equally strong absorption of infrared radiation. When these rays strike the body, they can cause a lot of damage to the living cells and DNA strands within - damaging collagen, which causes wrinkles and lines. In addition to causing damage, this radiation also is absorbed into the body, potentially resulting in illness from skin cancer. 


Don’t fret! Fortunately for any healthy adults who already are exposed regularly to sunlight - including women who tend to produce more melanin than men - there are ways to minimize this harmful UV radiation. One available solution is shea butter. 


This natural ingredient allows for a healthy, skin-toning effect that can help keep the skin's appearance looking its best and feeling soft and smooth. It boasts a rich texture that feels cool and creamy on the skin, as well as an aroma similar to cocoa butter. Shea butter can be used to prevent sunburns not only because it contains ingredients that provide UV protection, but because it acts as a moisturizer by hydrating the skin, reducing wrinkles and keeping it looking good. 


Shea butter is primarily consumed in cosmetics - and its use in skin treatments is still quite common today. Whether applied before sun exposure to prevent a burn or applied following a burn once the damage has occurred, shea butter can be extremely effective.


To use shea butter to reduce sunburns, simply apply a dab of the product to exposed parts of the skin. If using it on your face, rub it in gently and avoid getting any in the eye. Although many hard creams may not feel cool or refreshing when applied to an area that already is hot or warm from the sun's rays, shea butter is known for its cooling effects. Apply it regularly every few hours for continued cooling - and protection - throughout the day. Shop our summer shea collections here: Premium Shea Butter - By Moyaa Shea – Moyaa Shea Products Ltd (moyaasheabutter.com)


Our floral water collection is a wonderful way to keep your skin hydrated and feeling refreshed this summer. Use it as a facial toner or an aromatic body spray! Drop by and see our floral water for yourself: https://www.moyaasheabutter.com/collections/floral-waters