Most people assume that if they use sunscreen while out in the sun they have done all they need to do. Sunscreen is just part of the formula. While attending a seminar earlier this year, one of the guest speakers made the statement “The sun doesn’t cause skin cancer. The lack of antioxidant is what allows the cancerous cells to grow!” This led me to do some research on sun exposure, the good and the bad.
So let’s start with the basics. If you are going to be out on the lake, at the beach, at the pool, or on the golf course for an extended period of time; sunscreen is imperative. If you are in and out of the water a waterproof product is recommended. If you are a person who sweats easy, use a “sport” sunscreen (they typically are designed to hold up under extreme conditions). There are several new sunscreens that are mineral based, providing a more natural sunscreen with less exposure to strong chemicals.
Recent research suggests that a good antioxidant formula can help prevent skin damage and the “sunburn reaction”. Something as simple as a Vitamin C and Vitamin E supplement can help prevent sunburn. The two work best together because Vitamin C helps recycle Vitamin E, which is critical to skin health. Vitamin E also works well in conjunction with Carotenoids. Carotenoids have many uses in the body. They are converted into Vitamin A. They are also used by the body for the production of melanin, your body’s natural way of protecting against the sun by tanning your skin.
Vitamin D has become a hot topic in the medical, as well as in the natural supplement industry. With sun protection becoming such a focus over the past couple of decades, a large number of people have become Vitamin D deficient. Kind of ironic, Vitamin D is being heavily studied for its anti-cancer properties!
Protecting you skin can be pretty simple. Use a sunscreen during prolonged exposure to the sun. Take an extra Antioxidant Formula Vitamin (containing C, E, Selenium, Beta Carotene, etc.) on a daily basis. I would also consider a Vitamin D3 supplement daily. And most importantly, get outside and enjoy life!