What do you know about sunscreen and skin nutrients that can protect us from the sun? If you’re like me, you basked in the sun whenever you could when you were younger and using sunscreen was entirely optional. I moved to Florida in my mid twenties and my skin hasn’t been the same since. It was too alluring to go to the beach, experience the sun and sand and of course work on my tan. If I had only known better!
Nowadays I protect my face from over exposure and always using a light application of sun tan lotion, especially in the summer. After experimenting with lots of different brands, I find my favorite is by Alba Botanica. I love their body lotions and their commitment to natural vegetarian ingredients and no animal testing. I’m currently using their facial sunscreen as well as their Hawaiian sunscreen for the body.
We all know we should stay out of the sun, especially if you or a loved one has had a brush with skin cancer. But what other options are there besides covering up or lathering lotion all over?
I found this article on Natural Grocers about skin nutrients that naturally help protect our skin from the harmful effects of the overexposure. 74% of a 100 surveyed professionals agreed these specific nutrients act similarly to sunscreen in our skin.
Carotenoids are Phytonutrients found in colorful Fruits, Vegetables and even Salmon!:
You can find these carotenoids in natural form like salmon, tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefuit.
Additional Healthful Nutrients that destroy Free Radicals causing Skin Damage:
- Omega 3 fatty acids (also modulates inflammation)
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
You can find omega 3 fatty acids in wild salmon and a variety of fish and fish oils.
Sometimes the best way to supplement our diet is with natural supplementation in either pill, powder or capsule form. I remember being given a dose of cod liver oil by the tablespoon when I was a child and I much prefer knocking back a softel instead! Costco has a good selection of affordable bulk supplements and Natural Grocers is another good resource if you live in the US. Try iHerb.com if you live in the US or Europe.
Choosing to balance using a non chemical sunscreen and supplementing your diet with some of these key nutrients should keep your skin happy and healthy.