How To Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage And Wrinkles Without Over-Using Sunscreen
Most people enjoy spending some time out in the sun!
And it’s fun to go the beach, have a picnic in a park, go swimming or why not play some beach volley ball!
The sun gives energy and it makes us feel good – unless it gets too hot perhaps. 😉
However, there’s a lot of scary reports on the news all the time about how dangerous the sun is. How it damages the skin, causing sunspots and wrinkles – and the worrying increase in skin cancer.
All this make you perhaps avoid being in the sun altogether – and use lots of sunscreen every day.
It’s true that it’s not healthy to spend many hours in the sun several days a week – whether with or without sunscreen. And it’s definitely dangerous to get sun burn and blisters.
But to be fair, it seems like the dangers of the sun have been overemphasized while the benefits of the sun have been minimized.
The dangers of the sun have been overemphasized, while the benefits have been minimized
Truth is, that it’s healthy to get a daily dose of sun, because our bodies need the sun to produce vitamin D3.
This is a very important vitamin for our health.
According to Dr Mercola, a good level of vitamin D3 may reduce your risk of as many as 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast, prostate and skin cancers.
And a study conducted by PhD William Grant revealed that 30 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented each year if vitamin D levels were higher…
Vitamin D is also important for the immune system, for our bone and muscle strength, cardiovascular health and strong teeth.
If you apply sunscreen every day, your body can’t produce enough vitamin D3…
Another reason why you shouldn’t over-use sunscreens and put it on every day is that many sunscreens contain potentially health damaging ingredients. These ingredients can easily penetrate the skin and get absorbed into the blood.
Moreover, some sunscreens release skin-damaging free radicals in sunlight. Some ingredients may also mimic estrogen and thereby disrupt the hormonal balance. Other ingredients may cause allergic reactions and skin irritation.
So depending on where you live, how strong the sun is there and your skin type: To be outdoors in the sun 10-60 minutes a day – without sunscreen – is healthy for most people. Just make sure you don’t get burned.
However, if you’re going to spend a day on the beach, if you plan a trip to an outdoor theme park, if you work outdoors all day or if you have super sensitive skin or need to protect sensitive areas of your face – like the nose and the area around your eyes – then using a safe sunscreen is recommended.
For tips about how to choose a safe sunscreen visit => Safe Sunscreen
But don’t apply sunscreen every day and time you’re out in the sun! Then you’ll block your body’s ability to produce the important vitamin D3.
And you don’t want that!
So here below are 6 tips how to spend time in the sun, but still protect your skin from sun damage and wrinkles without overusing sunscreen.
6 Tips How To Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage And Wrinkles WITHOUT Overusing Sunscreen
1) Build up your skin’s NATURAL internal readiness for sun exposure
When you get sunlight on your skin regularly, it builds up melanin. That’s the pigment that darkens your skin and it’s nature’s built-in sunscreen.
If your skin is light, it takes 10-20 minutes a day without sunblock to stimulate melanin production. It may take 20-60 minutes if your skin is darker. This gentle tanning allows you to increase your time in the sun without burning.
2) Shield your face and eyes from the sun by using a hat or a cap (or a safe sunscreen)
Your facial skin is thin and more prone to sun damage like premature wrinkling and photoaging effects of UVA rays.
Shielding your face from the sun is a habit I recommend, as this will help keep it looking youthful longer. UVA’s do tend to cause wrinkling, sun spots and other skin damage.
Your face is a relatively small surface area, so shielding it – while exposing large portions of your body instead – is not going to make a big difference in terms of vitamin D production.
3) Don’t spend the whole day on the beach and take a break from the sun during the hottest hours
When you know you’ll be in the sun for several hours, cover up with clothing, a hat or try to stay in the shade.
You should avoid being directly in the sun between approx. 11 am – 3 pm when the sun’s rays are the hottest.
4) Wear Sunglasses
Don’t forget to protect your eyes.
Make sure you and your kids wear sunglasses with UVA/ UVB protection. To look directly into the sun can cause sight damage.
5) Get internal sunscreen from food and supplements
You can avoid sun damage to your skin by eating foods that deliver nutrients your body needs to maintain a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 oils in your skin, e.g. wild caught salmon.
And load up on fresh, raw vegetables, preferably organic. They provide your body with an abundance of powerful antioxidants that will help you fight the free radicals caused by sun damage, that can lead to burns and cancer (e.g. berries, spinach and tomatoes).
Astaxanthin (found in e.g. salmon, shrimps and some fish and krill oil) is an antioxidant that you can buy as a nutritional supplement. You can also find it in some lotions and sunscreen products.
6) Check UV Index where you are
The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure.
Avoid the beach and other outdoor activities when the UV exposure is high. Or make sure to use sunscreen, wear clothes that cover your body and a cap or hat to protect your face.
Just Google “UV index smart phone app” and you can see what the UV index is where you live.
For days when you’re going to stay out in the sun for a long period of time, here is my recommendations of a safe and natural sunscreen:
This unique sunscreen contains pure, natural ingredients that protect your skin WITHOUT depleting essential vitamin D.
It blocks 97% of the sun’s harmful UVB and UVA rays and protects against free radical damage that can rapidly age you, cause wrinkles and sun spots: => Natural Sunscreen
Enjoy the sun, avoid sunburns – and too much sunscreens!
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