The sun has taken a lot of blame for our increased rates of skin cancer, but research shows that sun might not be the original culprit, and hiding from the sun by using chemical sun screens can not only increase your chances of skin cancer, but it can increase your chances of all sorts of health problems by interfering with vitamin D synthesis.
There is not adequate scientific data to support the belief that sunscreens prevent skin cancers. The rate of skin cancers has actually increased in recent years when the use of sun screens has increased as well.
Melanin was thought to be only the pigment responsible for tanning, however, it has other important roles: it absorbs UVA, UVB, and UVC rays in ultraviolet light and neutralized oxygen free radicals during the invasion of bacteria, fungi and viruses and from exposure to light. When you use a sunscreen the melanocytes (melanin producing cells) are not stimulated to produce melanin, which actually interferes with the skin’s natural ability to protect against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Additionally, without melanin, the UVA’s are allowed to penetrate deeper and bombard blood vessels, and other tissues.
When you use a chemical sun screen you stop the body’s primary source of vitamin d. In addition to the risk of rickets in America vitamin D deficiencies affect hearing loss at high frequencies, increased dental cavities, increased hip fractures, increase in colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and over 3,000 immune functions.
What are you to do about over exposure to sun? Limit sun exposure to before 10: am and after 5:pm. Use a sun block like clothing, hats and titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Over exposure to sun causes oxidation so be sure to keep you skin saturated with a good antioxidant before and after sun exposure.
Your body’s melanin production will help but you can support this with a good vitamin E serum and a melanin containing antioxidant product. Aloe is a strong antioxidant and good for the skin as well. If the skin is getting pink, get out of the sun or reapply a natural sun block as mentioned above.
Green tea is a good antioxidant and has natural sun block properties. Brew a batch of green tea and carry it in a spray bottle. Green tea is not very stable so you need to make it fresh daily. Natural vitamin E is also a natural sun block so applying it serves to block rays and apply antioxidants.
Eating a nutrient dense diet keeps the body supplied with antioxidants to support healthy skin function and taking antioxidant supplements also helps. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant derived for sea kelp and it has been reported as the most beneficial antioxidant supplement for protecting against skin damage from sun. In the summer months I take astraxanthin daily and extra if I know I will be in the sun.
Avoiding process junk foods and eating fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts and seeds for snacks is a great plant for protection you over all health.
Researchers in the natural health movement have reported the most damaging thing you can do for your sink is consume hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils are the trans fatty oils in margarine and are used in frozen foods, chocolates, breads pastries, canned processed foods and the list go on. Learning to read labels is not longer an option if you want to maintain your health. These fats stiffen you body’s cells not allowing nutrition to pass in or toxins to pass out.
Keeping yourself over all healthy is your best defense against skin cancer, then limit the amount of sun exposure, use natural sun blocks and be sure to apply them frequently if you are going to be exposed. Use a aloe, and vitamin E serum regularly and a melanin providing antioxidant cream as well.