How to prevent sunburn

How to prevent sunburn

Author -  Good Health

The aftermath of a day spent outdoors can be quite painful when you realise that you have really overdone it while soaking in the sun.

To help protect yourself in the sun, here are some top ingredients and supplements that can help reduce the severity and help you become less susceptible to sunburn. It’s probably no surprise that in New Zealand, a sunblock with a high SPF, obviously, is the first step.

1. Make sure you’ve loaded up on Vitamin B

Skin that is more prone to sunburn is often due to a deficiency of Vitamin B2, B3 or B6. Adding a Vitamin B supplement such as B-Stress Free will give you the relevant nutrients to help prevent sun damage plus support your body’s natural resistance to stress.

2. And another important one, Vitamin E.

Try applying vitamin E on your skin to prevent the damage of UV-B rays that cause sunburn. It may also enhance the ability of sunblock in protecting us from the sun!  You can either pierce a capsule and apply or rub on wheatgerm oil which is a rich source of Vitamin E.  Supplementing both vitamin C and E together is effective in strengthening your skin’s tolerance to sun exposure. When vitamin E is consumed orally in a dose of 1,000 IU in conjunction with 2,000mg of vitamin C for eight days, your skin will be able to tolerate extended sun exposure.

3. Eat your way to stronger skin

• Cocoa – has been found help prevent sunburn due to the polyphenols content of cocoa. We love any excuse to have a few squares of dark chocolate in the summer.

• Pomegranate – may help prevent sunburn due to its ellagic acid content.

• Ginkgo biloba – can be taken orally before sun exposure and can help as a preventative. 

• Green tea – it’s high in antioxidants to help prevent UV damage to delicate skin cells.

Fish or Krill oils – may help to prevent sunburn due to the DHA and EPA content of fish oils. Krill oil also has the benefit of an antioxidant, ‘astaxathin’ which can also protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. 

Flaxseed oil – when consumed orally, flaxseed can increase the period of exposure to UV-B rays that can be tolerated before sunburn begins to occur.

4. Eat foods that are yellow and red in pigment (high in carotenoids)

Beta-Carotene is the pigment often found in orange and red coloured foods, as well as some greens. It may help increase the amount of exposure to sunlight and ultra-violet radiation that can be tolerated by your body. Foods rich in beta-carotene include carrots, pumpkin, broccoli, spinach, parsley, watercress, kale, cantaloupe (melon), apricots, and sweet potatoes.

Lutein is a yellow carotenoid that may increase the amount of sunlight and ultra-violet radiation that your skin can tolerate. The richest source of lutein is found in egg yolks, hence their yellow colour.

Lycopene is a carotene carotenoid pigment that is red and may also increase the amount of exposure to sunlight and ultra-violet radiation that can be tolerated. The richest dietary source of Lycopene is tomato (especially Tomato paste).

5. Look to sharks for help

Squalene is an oil that is found in high concentrations within shark liver. It also occurs naturally within the human body where it is a component of healthy skin and helps protect the skin from UV damage. This is due to the antioxidant properties which protect cells from free radical damage. Squalene can be taken in supplement form or if applied to the skin may help to delay sunburn. 

6. And finally, some ways to heal a bit of burn

• The peel of boiled potato (applied on the skin) may accelerate the healing of sunburn and also reduce the pain caused by over-exposure.

• Aloe Vera juice straight from the plant is a great remedy for sunburn. Slice the leaf and rub it’s juice all over the skin for powerful anti-inflammatory action to reduce pain and accelerate the healing process.

Good Health’s Imaglow™ is a blend of unique ingredients to promote healthy skin. It contains Marine Collagen, Grapeseed extract, Vitamin C, Colloidal silica, Evening Primrose Oil and Zinc to support the skin’s natural repair of fine lines, wrinkles, broken capillaries, pigmentation and spots from sun damage.

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