Protecting Summer Skin: Sunburn and Poison Ivy

Protecting Summer Skin: Sunburn and Poison Ivy

Summer can take a major toll on skin health. Sun damage, sunburns, dehydration, increased environmental pollution, bug bites, and other skin issues all come with the summer season and can turn your dream vacation into a blistering nightmare. But with the right strategies and support, you can keep your skin healthy and nourished, even as the heat rises.  

Two major threats to skin health during the summer are sunburns and poison ivy rashes. Both of these skin and health damaging issues are preventable and treatable with healthy, holistic natural ingredients. With these tips, you can defend your skin and improve recovery time if you find yourself dealing with these common summer skin issues.  

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Sun Exposure and Skin Risks

Poison ivy, sunburns and too much sun are obvious threats to our overall health during the summer, and can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and other skin issues. It’s important to protect and prevent health risks from sun exposure and skin irritants as the effects are long-term and can lead to more serious health concerns and diseases from skin cancer to heart-related conditions. 

How To Protect Your Skin

To prevent skin-damaging sunburns, you need to support and defend your skin externally and internally. Avoiding extended sun exposure, using a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and a sunhat, and staying cool in the shade can significantly reduce your risk of sunburns and also help prevent other skin irritants, like poison ivy. 

Identifying Poison Ivy

Even if you don’t live in a rural area, poison ivy can still be a threat to your skin. What makes poison ivy so dangerous? The oily resin in the plant, uroshiol, causes an allergic reaction and rash to occur when your skin brushes or comes in contact with the poison ivy. The skin-irritating oil from poison ivy is present in the leaves, stems, and roots of plants that belong to the all plants in the poison ivy family, including poison oak and poison sumac.  

Symptoms of Poison Ivy Include:

  • Itching  
  • Swelling  
  • Skin rashes 
  • Difficulty breathing  
  • Redness 
  • Blisters 

How To Treat Poison Ivy

If you’ve ever had poison ivy, you know how irritating and itchy it can be. It’s important to wash off any oils you may have come into contact with as soon as possible. Washing with cool water can keep skin pores from opening, which will help prevent the oil from further spreading into skin.

For people who are very allergic to poison ivy, reactions can be severe and life-threatening—especially experience trouble breathing. Talk with a health care provider immediately if you have any of the following persistent severe poison ivy symptoms: difficulty breathing, inhaled smoke from burning poison ivy, if your reaction is widespread or getting worse, if it gets in or near your eyes, mouth, or genitals; if your blisters ooze puss, if you develop a fever higher than 100F, or if the rash lasts longer than a few weeks.

Tips to Prevent and Treat a Poison Ivy Rash:

  • Wear protective clothing including gloves when you’re near poison ivy, and always wash after. 
  • If affected, wash the area immediately after exposure. 
  • Apply a cool compress to the rash. Adding a few drops of lavender oil to the compress can help calm skin. 
  • Apply a soothing cream or anti-histamine to the irritated skin or infected area.
  • Take a cool or tepid bath with baking soda, bentonite clay, and Himalayan salt.
  • Make a baking soda paste with 1 part water with 3 parts baking soda, and gently dab the affected area. 
  • Try applying cooling aloe vera gel to your skin to calm irritation. 
  • Avoid scratching!  

Natural Treatments for Skin Protection, Poison Ivy and Sunburn Relief

Internal sun and skin protection using powerful antioxidants and skin-supporting nutrients is a proven strategy that can help keep your skin nourished and healthy, improving your skin’s defenses and recovery against radiation from the sun and other skin irritants.  

Beside sunscreen, and sun safety, research shows that antioxidants and natural ingredients like green tea extract, lipoic acid, and functional mushrooms deliver powerful benefits to keep skin healthy and safe in the sun. Cellular Shield is a physician-formulated antioxidant supplement designed to defend your skin, cells and DNA against free radical damage caused by radiation—including UV radiation from the sun.


Cellular Shield

Cellular Shield

Activating your defenses, this advanced antioxidant supplement restores cell health, enhancing the body's self-healing abilities, and shields you from long-term damage.

Powerful botanical extracts like boswellia and green tea leaf, functional mushrooms like cordyceps and reishi, and nutrients like Alpha Lipoic Acid and L-Carnitine work to neutralize free radicals and oxidative stress that can impact skin health and speed up the aging process. If you’ve been exposed to too much sun or plan to be outside all summer long, try adding Cellular Shield to your wellness routine to help regenerate healthy cells and optimize skin health and long-term wellness.

Since poison ivy is an allergic reaction that involves inflammation of the skin and other areas, natural ingredients that help balance the immune system and support healthy inflammation responses can help support and recover skin damage from the inside out. In addition to topical treatments for poison ivy, you can help nourish and recover the damaged skin with immune-balancing, and healthy aging support with supplements to protect and prevent skin damage.  

PectaSol modified citrus pectin is a super-nutrient supplement that supports healthy inflammation responses, and balanced immune activity to promote healthy skin and skin damage recovery for poison ivy and other skin-related symptoms, including sunburns.* Try eating a tasty chewable or drinking it with a simple scroop for your daily skin support. 



Formulated by award-winning Integrative Medicine expert and best-selling author, Isaac Eliaz, MD, PectaSol is clinically-proven and backed by over 80 studies and 6 patents. It has been recommended by thousands of doctors for 30 years to support inflammation responses, immune health and detoxification.*

These everyday holistic strategies can help you enjoy the summer without fear, feeling your healthiest self. With healthy doses of vitamin D and natural skin protectants, you set yourself up for aging gracefully, with nourished and healthy skin.