Getting sunburnt can be quite dangerous, but wearing sunscreen is definitely not the only way to avoid a sunburn.
When it comes to sun exposure, I personally just use common sense:
I don’t spend lengthly amounts of time in the sun without proper clothing and I get out of the sun before I get burnt.
I also consume an antioxidant-rich diet daily that allows my skin cells to better handle UV sunlight changes.
For some reason, we have been conditioned to think that sun exposure is bad for us.
Sun exposure is not bad for us, over-exposure is when it can become harmful.
Getting burnt can increase your risks of developing skin cancer, but using toxic sunscreens containing endocrine disrupting chemicals can actually promote skin cancer growth as well, not to mention being vitamin D deficient can increase our chance of other types of cancers (breast and colon cancer being the most common), heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.
I know there are arguments that sunscreen isn’t about protecting burns, but about protecting DNA mutations (which if allowed to replicate, could lead to cancer) – although when you get sufficient amount of vitamin D, you can actually increase the self-destruction of mutated cells.
Many people do not get enough sun exposure daily, and when they do go out in the sun – they wear sunscreen that blocks the absorption of vitamin D.
This is just one reason why vitamin D is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies these days.
Just like plants that use the sun’s rays through photosynthesis – Getting sufficient amount of Vitamin D3 will naturally help boost the immune system, improve your mood, improve body composition, decrease inflammation and help decrease your risk of certain types of cancers.
Like all living things, we need sufficient amounts of sunlight for vitality.
Usually about 15 minutes of direct sunlight a day will allow your body to naturally generate enough Vitamin D3 your body needs to thrive. Being out in the sun feels good for a reason.
(Time in direct sunlight will also vary depending on your skin type and how close you are to the equator).
Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants can also help protect your skin.
Which nutrients should to be consuming to promote healthy skin?
Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Selenium, Zinc, Beta-carotene and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Of course, I always recommend getting them from whole food sources vs supplements.
What are some natural sunscreen options?
– Wearing appropriate clothing when in the sun for long periods of time
– Mineral sunscreens, like zinc. These are usually not absorbed and will not disrupt the endocrine system. Mineral sunscreens are more effective at blocking UVA rays than most conventional non-mineral sunscreens.
There are tons of great natural zinc based sunscreens on the market that are up to SPF 50+!
What natural products should you put on your skin if you do get sunburnt?
– Coconut oil/Vitamin E