While I don’t recommend prolonged sunbathing, getting 15 to 30 minutes of rays (without sunscreen) can be very beneficial. The skin needs to be bare and sunblock-free in order to optimize production of all-important vitamin D, which is crucial for immune system function and cancer prevention. After 15-30 minutes, though, it’s important to protect yourself from burns. Make sure to wear a hat, don protective clothing, and choose a healthier, safer sunscreen — here's how.
This chemical is frequently used in sunscreen and has been shown to be an endocrine disrupter (it acts like estrogen in the body). It can also cause allergic reactions in some people.
Studies have shown this chemical can contribute to skin tumors and lesions, yet it is frequently used in skin-care products.
These chemicals can be found in many beauty products and are linked to increased cancer risk and hormone disruption. Parabens may be listed under names such as butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, polyparaben, isopropylparaben, or isobutylparaben.
● Butterbean Sunscreen, SPF 20
● Just Skin Food Natural and Organic Sunscreen, SPF 30
● Releve Organic Skincare Sun-Lite Sunscreen, SPF 20
● Loving Naturals Clear Body Sunscreen, SPF 30+
● Badger Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 30
● Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Sunscreen, Unscented, SPF 45
● MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme Sunscreen, SPF 50
Aside from using sunscreen, make sure to consume plenty of antioxidants in your diet. Blueberries, goji berries, leafy vegetables, and fish oils are particularly helpful for skin protection. Taking krill-oil supplements is a fantastic idea if you’re going out into the sun; the oil contains astaxanthin, which is great for the skin and reduces UVA damage.