Summer is fast approaching and it is that time of year when we need to take extra caution to protect our skin from harmful UV rays and toxic overload from chemically filled sunscreens. The sun can sometimes hide behind loose clouds or disguise in a cool breeze, but do not be fooled, it's still there. Here are some healthy tips and tricks for safe sun protection this summer.
Some sunscreens contain so many chemicals you would never think to ingest them, so why would you smother your largest organ in them, its pretty much the same thing.
Almost everything you apply to your skin seeps into the bloodstream and depending on its toxic make-up, it can harm us with free radicals and wreak havoc on our bodies.
Important things to know about sunscreen:
1. Most traditional sunscreen products contain cancer-causing chemicals
2. Majority of the population is vitamin D deficient, sunscreen actually blocks vitamin D production
3. Be aware most "chemical free" sunscreens are loaded with chemicals
You can boost your internal sun resistance by what you eat. Foods that are high in anti-oxidants and carotenoids will naturally protect your skin from sun exposure.
Here's a list of some super foods to live by:
Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps protect the skin against the free radical damage and reduce sunburn intensity. Drink fresh carrot juice daily to get maximum benefits.
Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. Research has found that a long-term diet of vitamin C, together with vitamin E, can reduce the potential for sunburn. Citrus fruits contain limonene, which has been known to lower risk of skin cancer. Citrus fruits also contain antioxidants, which work to protect your cells from free-radical damage that could potentially lead to skin cancer
Green tea is full of catechins, which prevent disease and protect against sunburn inflammation and long-term UV radiation damage.The most abundant type of catechin in green tea is called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and this is the one that provides sun protection
Watermelon is a great source of water packed with vitamins A and C and electrolyte potassium. The powerful antioxidant lycopene is found in watermelon and reddish-colored fruits,which tends to act as a natural sunscreen. Lycopene allows your skin to act as a natural filter, admitting enough sunlight through for your body to produce vitamin D
These are just some of the super foods that play a role in sun resistance, here are some more foods to protect against the sun. If you haven't had enough edible sunscreen in your diet, make sure to protect your skin with UV protectant clothing. Olive + Splash is a Canadian made, eco-friendly clothing company that has made a whole selection of children's bamboo clothing, which are a stylish and easy fix to protect your little ones skin from harmful UV rays.
Think twice about the products you lather yourself and little ones in, it might not be as safe as you are lead to believe. Sunscreen comes in all forms and we are loving the natural ones.
Next time you're at the grocery store or out for a bite, ask yourself have you eaten your sunscreen?