When it comes to sun protection, most people think the only way to do it is by slathering themselves with toxic chemical sunscreens. What many people don't realize, is that you can affect your skin's resilience in the sun both internally and externally. In this post, we're going to talk about the best ways to do both!
Mainstream sunscreens are an absolute abomination on every level! Oxybenzone, the most common active ingredient is a xenoestrogen (chemical estrogen mimic) and rated an 8/10 on the EWG's toxicity scale for cosmetic toxicity. (1=clean, 10=super toxic) Oxybenzone is able to penetrate past the skin and interfere with the hormone receptors in the body.
The good news is, there are alternatives! The approach we take personally is to regularly supplement with astaxanthin, a red algae pigment that is extremely protective of the skin. It's important to note that you really have to take this supplement regularly to experience the effects- you can't just take it on the day you're going to be in the sun because it has to build up in your system. Then if we're going to be in the sun for longer periods of time for which astaxanthin alone would not provide enough protection, we'll use very cleanly formulated sunscreens with non-nano zinc oxide as the only active ingredient.
And the final key is not to use harsh soaps immediately after being in the sun. Vitamin D has such a wide variety of health benefits and it builds up on your skin while in the sun and then is soaked into your body over the following hours. But if you immediately use harsh soaps, you'll simply be stripping away this priceless Vitamin D.
Have a beautiful summer and stay safe and healthy in the sun!