Extending the Radiance: A holistic approach to sun-kissed beauty.

Extending the Radiance: A holistic approach to sun-kissed beauty.

Let's be honest, we all love sunshine, including myself of course.

There's an undeniable allure to the warmth of the sun, and it's perfectly okay to enjoy it responsibly. Rather than avoiding the sun altogether, embrace it in moderation. Take breaks in the shade, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and protect your eyes with sunglasses to make your sun-soaked moments both enjoyable and safe. But there is also a downside of the sunlight – it can be enemy number one to your skin. While basking in the warmth of sunlight can be enjoyable, prolonged exposure without adequate protection can lead to significant damage to the skin. First thing to do: understanding the sun’s rays. The sun emits different types of radiation, including visible light, infrared radiation, and UV rays. Of these, UV rays are the ones responsible for causing damage to the skin. There are three main types of UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. While UVC is mostly absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere, UVA and UVB rays can penetrate the skin, causing a range of issues. UVB rays primarily affect the outer layer of the skin and are responsible for sunburns. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing premature aging and contributing to the development of skin cancer. Both types of UV rays can damage the DNA of skin cells, leading to various skin concerns. It does not sound very promising right?

Here comes the experience and culture of the people who live with all year around sun exposure, with low rate of skin cancer and almost zero sunburn – the Mediterranean. Mediterranean cultures have long recognized the healing power of the sun and have incorporated sun-related practices into their daily lives. The key lies in moderation. Embracing the sun moderately, especially during the early morning and late afternoon, allows you to absorb the beneficial vitamin D without exposing your skin to the harshest rays. After having lived in the Mediterranean for years, I learnt how to get the most of the sunshine, with simple practices and lot’s of common sense. Mediterranean cultures have mastered the art of sun rituals. Mornings and evenings are favored times for sun exposure, avoiding the harsh midday rays. This practice not only ensures a more pleasant experience but also minimizes the impact of damaging UVB rays on your skin. Adopting a similar rhythm can be a simple yet effective way to harmonize with the sun's cycles.


When creating Bonésse, I tried to lean on the Mediterranean herbs and plants as much a s possible, as I saw them working. My favorite one:

    Olive leaf extract! An absolute star ingredient when it comes to sun damage prevention of the skin. Olive leaf extract, known for its antioxidant properties, helps combat free radicals generated by sun exposure. When applied to the skin, olive leaf extract serves as a shield against environmental stressors and pollutants, particularly beneficial for individuals residing in large cities or urban settings. Its use can impede the onset of aging signs, soothe irritations, and combat the effects of sun damage. It contains oleuropein, which gives the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of this plant.

    Rosehip fruit extract – another plant that amazes with its richness in vitamins A and C, promotes skin regeneration and protects against UV damage. Scientifically validated to enhance collagen production, it serves as a shield against sun damage and contributes to the reduction of hyperpigmentation. Revered since ancient times for its healing attributes, rosehip remains a potent botanical in the realms of nutrition, medicine, and skincare.

Both ingredients you will find in our Face Shield Serum - This innovative product combines the wisdom of Mediterranean skincare with advanced formulations designed to create a protective barrier. Packed with antioxidants, this serum shields your skin from UV rays while nourishing it from within.

           Another wonder ingredient – Grapeseed oil - abundant in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and proanthocyanidin, this substance plays a preventive role against skin damage caused by pollution and UV-induced free radicals. Additionally, it enhances moisturization. The presence of phytosterols in grape seeds, a plant-derived molecule, contributes to controlling the skin's inflammatory response, making it an effective oil for managing skin inflammations. Could have I missed it in my range? Of course not, Grapeseed oil is in our Anti-oxidant Lifting Day&Night Cream. 

           Bulgarian rose water and watermelon water – the soothing game changers – a must have in your skincare routine. Both waters a rich in vitamins and minerals, packed with vitamins and hydration, provides a burst of freshness to parched skin. These natural toners can help rejuvenate and calm your skin after exposure to the sun. Both miracle ingredients you can find in the Hydro-soothing Toner Mist.


As a conclusion I always like to offer some solution/suggestions about prevention or treatment post factum. I am huge fan of prevent better than cure, and the Bonésse philosophy turns around prevention and good habits, rather than solution of a problem. Here are few approaches to sunlight and skin and body health, simply proven by me over the years.

 The Mediterranean Diet: Nourishing Your Skin from Within

Beyond topical remedies, the Mediterranean lifestyle places a significant emphasis on nutrition. The Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, contributes to overall skin health. Foods like tomatoes and olive oil contain antioxidants that work synergistically with your skincare routine, promoting resilience against sun damage from the inside out.

 Sun Rituals: A Morning and Evening Affair

Mediterranean cultures have mastered the art of sun rituals. Mornings and evenings are favored times for sun exposure, avoiding the harsh midday rays. After dinner a 10 min walk is a must in the Mediterranean culture, when the sun is not so harsh.

 Mindful Sunbathing: A Mind-Body Connection

In the pursuit of a sun-kissed glow, it's easy to forget the mind-body connection. Practicing mindfulness while soaking in the sun can enhance the benefits and reduce stress. Stress itself can contribute to skin issues, so taking a moment to breathe, be present, and appreciate the warmth can elevate your overall well-being and skin health.

 DIY Skincare Delights: Watermelon Masks and Rose Water Mists

Integrating the simplicity of homemade skincare adds a personal touch to your routine. Create a hydrating watermelon mask by blending fresh watermelon with a hint of honey for a soothing, moisturizing treat. Additionally, a spritz of Bulgarian rose water mist can refresh and revitalize your skin, serving as a quick pick-me-up during sun-filled days.

 Sustainable Sun Practices: A Lasting Glow

As we cherish the sun, let's also consider its impact on the environment. Opt for eco-friendly sunscreen options and support brands that prioritize sustainability. By choosing products that align with environmental consciousness, we contribute to the preservation of our planet while nurturing our skin.

 Embrace the Shade: Fashionable Sun Protection

Accessorizing for sun protection can be both stylish and effective. A wide-brimmed hat not only adds flair to your ensemble but also provides shade for your face and neck. Combine this with chic sunglasses, and you've got a fashionable shield against the sun's rays.

Key word of the blog: MODERATION. Sizzling on the beach is not an option, for those who want a healthy and long lasting suntanned skin. But before suntanned healthy must come first - no matter how chic and sexy is having a bronzed skin, it is much more sexy to have a healthy one. Food for thought.

                                                                                       Love, Bo