I am not a huge fan of chemical sunscreens. Something just feels a bit unnatural about putting something on your skin that needs 15-20 minutes to “soak” in before it works. The soaking in seems a bit strange. I understand how it works, but then we need to stop seeing our skin as a barrier and more of an extension to the internal system, as it is all connected.
So when you think about something needed to “soak in” to work, my mind goes straight to the thought of, “well, when does this get into my blood stream, if it needs to soak in?”. It’s a little bit the same as makeup and moisturisers, if you don’t think it is safe to eat, then why would it be safe to put on your skin? I am more of a fan of physical zinc sunscreens that more “sit” on your skin to protect your skin. I have yet to find one that I think is perfect, as there is a lot of questions about nano particles being very dangerous too.
What if your diet could be an even more effective sunscreen?
My posts never cease to mention the word “antioxidants” as they are a critical part of a healthy body. Interestingly there was a study, done a long time ago, done in Australia, that showed a dramatic DECREASE in cancer cell production from an increase in eating omega 3 fatty acids. In this study,the omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA not only stopped cancer cells from continuing their production cycle, it also resulted in apoptosis, which means the cancer cells died. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10945621?dopt=Abstract%20and%20http://www.pnas.org/content/98/13/7510.full. Another study had a similar conclusion. http://www.pnas.org/content/98/13/7510.full
Sources of omega 3, fish are great source, but a lot of fish is full of mercury too, so eating fish every day may not be the best solution. Plant based sources include chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseeds. But an amazing plant based source is algae, which includes things such as spirulina and chlorella. These algae’s contain ALA which is the Omega 3 found in plants, while EPA and DHA are the Omega 3’s typically found in seafood. It’s super easy to add any or all of these ingredients into your morning smoothie!