As summer nears and temperatures rise, taking care of our skin’s health becomes more obvious as the risk for sunburns becomes more prevalent. While sunscreen is often, and for good reason, the go-to, studies are finding that sunscreen is a tricky subject.
Overexposure to the sun can cause aging skin and even cancer, and prevention is therefore key. Sunscreens however not only can block vitamin D, which is essential to our health and only found from being in the sun, but many mainstream brands of sunscreen actually contain chemicals that are no good to our well-being. Many consumers also assume that if SPF 30 is good, SPF 100 must be three times better at protecting our skin from harmful rays, but according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “SPF 15 blocks approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays, with SPF 30 blocking 97 percent and SPF 50 only protecting slightly higher at 98%.” As consumers use higher SPF’s though, studies are finding they’re less likely to reapply every few hours, and can actually end up with worse skin damage and a higher intake of UVB rays, than those who use lower SPF amounts.
The trick to take care of your skin this summer is using and reapplying an organic sunscreen between SPF 4 and SPF 6 in protection, to allow vitamin D absorption along with consuming healthy foods that fight off harmful rays on their own.
Studies show that lycopene is extremely beneficial in protecting us from the negative effects of the sun. Lycopene is a plant nutrient that is found primarily in tomatoes and tomato-based products as well as in pink grapefruit, papaya, red bell pepper and broccoli sprouts. Inviting these fruits and vegetables into your diet is beneficial for warding off harmful sunrays without introducing harmful chemicals to your skin by using non-organic sunscreens.
By staying hydrated, eating healthy with lycopene and using organic sunscreen, you are more likely to stay healthy, get the needed vitamin D, and help take care of your skin this summer.