The month of May is Skin Cancer Awareness month so its worth to ask ourselves what we can do to prevent the sickness. In fact, many sunscreens are filled with toxic chemicals that have been linked to skin cancer. Even the best sunscreens pose certain risks. So if sunscreen does not protect against cancer, then what does? It is proven by scientists that certain compounds in plants protect them against the sun. Phenolic compounds in plants contain anti-carcinogenic potential. Flavonols, lignins, stilbenes, and phenolic acids are synthesized by the plant to protect against the sun’s rays, chemicals, pathogens, pests, and are used to repair injury.
Adding these antioxidant rich compounds to your diet can improve your skin’s natural defenses:
- Caffeic Acid: Found in spinach leaves, olive oil, apples, coffee, wine, and cabbage
- Tannins: Contained in a variety of fruits and vegetables, nuts, coffee, and tea
- Resveratrol: Found in grapes, berries, and peanuts
- Anthocyanins: Eat blackberries, bilberries, and honeyberries
- EGCG: Green tea is a rich source
- Quercetin: Eating whole apples, including their skin, helps protect against harmful UV damage
- Ursolic Acid: Holy basil tea
- Luteolin: Found in medicinal herbs like chrysanthemum flowers, as well as in fruits and vegetables including celery, parsley, broccoli, carrots, and cabbage
- Vitamin D is essential for healthy skin by promoting DNA repair, hormone responses with anti-carcinogenic abilities, and stimulating enzymes required for melanin production.
- When the region where you live or weather conditions prevent the sun’s rays from breaking through the clouds, vitamin D3 supplementation is beneficial.
- Milk thistle contains a detoxifying agent known as silymarin which promotes liver and kidney function. Consider sipping on milk thistle tea or taking a supplement containing 200mg of milk thistle daily to cleanse your organs of environmental hazards.
- Raspberry seed oil has been found to have a natural ‘SPF’ (sun protection factor) of between 28 and 50 making it a valuable addition to your sun protection regime.There is a great deal of people confusion regarding the ‘SPF’ of ‘sunscreens. It is important to know that ‘SPF’ which means Sun Protection Factor relates only to protection from UV-B and NOT UV-A.The SPF number on ‘sunscreens’ is also misleading because the number given to the protection factor is not as important as the quality of the product along with other precautions taken such as the number of times a product is applied and the thickness the product is applied. For very fair skin 2 thick layers of a quality mineral sunscreen is needed to give protection and in general, a mineral sunscreen needs to contain between 20-30% Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or a combination of the two.A recent study showed that SPF 15 product when used properly, screens about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product screens 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product screens about 98% of rays. UVA will still be getting through so SPF numbers don’t mean we’re ‘protected’, although SPF 30 is the rating most sun care professionals agree on is the best one to use. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/high-spf-sunscreens-are-they-better)
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