Here are the best protocols for wisely imbibing solar wavelengths:
1. Eat Sun-Harmonizing Foods
Upon the altar of sunshine, what we ingest determines how our skin responds to sunlight. Skin cells must be strengthened and nourished internally with real food and water to receive the full blessing of interacting with the sun. Sun-ripened food is also far more nutritious. We can create an internal SPF with an antioxidant-rich rainbow diet of sun-grown superpower foods, herbs, and luscious fats brimming with nutrients—all contributing to our internal sunscreen. The key seems to be 16 mg of lycopene, the red antioxidant found in tomatoes. Other SPF foods and beverages include pigment-rich, beta-carotene-bursting foods such as watermelon, green tea, turmeric, leafy greens, liquid chlorophyll, and berries.
2. Recover Your Skin’s Integrity
The skin’s outer layer, the epidermis, contains a thin coating of soothing sebaceous oils that provide natural antibacterial, antiwrinkle, and sunscreen protection. The integrity of this layer is damaged by surfactants, scrubs, chemical peels, and synthetic moisturizers. (These things also disrupt vitamin D production.) Washing and moisturizing the skin with botanical serums, as well as gently dry brushing, regenerates the skin’s top layer, supports the collagen, and feeds the skin’s immunity. Try drenching skin throughout the year with our solar balancing blend, Everybody Loves the Sunshine.
3. Sun Yourself Wisely
Start slowly but surely, and start in the spring so that you may create a protective tan with phased-in exposure. Melanin, the tanned-skin pigment, produced in the spring prevents sunburn in the summer. Melanin is our ancient biological mechanism of photoprotection designed exclusively to support our relationship with the sun. Melanin in the skin transforms 99.9 percent of absorbed UV radiation into heat that is easily dissipated, allowing us to sidestep radiation damage that contributes to cell damage. Far more effective than sunscreen is rebuilding your body’s melanin base that further enhances the health of many body systems.
4. Recap the SPF
Sunscreens made from synthetic ingredients create a false sense of security by disabling our skin’s early-warning system—the sunburn—which keeps us from indulging in too much sun too fast. Most sunscreens block only UVB rays, the rays that cause sunburn, but not UVA rays. Over the long run, people wearing synthetic sunscreens unknowingly overexpose their skin to UV radiation. Unfortunately, sunscreen prevents skin from receiving any of the benefits of engaging with the sun’s rays. Sunscreens are hazardous to our health and the vitality of the oceans. Scientific studies confirm that the synthetic sunscreen chemicals of oxybenzone, octinoxate, benzophenone, and butylparaben wash off swimmers’ and surfers’ skin into the water, killing and bleaching coral reefs.
5. Bet on Botanical Oils
Botanical oils preserve the juiciness of your sun exposure. Plants, too, require wise interaction with the sun. Plants alchemize sunlight to create a verdant growth. This is the same star that stirs our skin cells and invites our bones to grow. What is on and in our bodies while engaging with sunshine is vital! Officially, the term “SPF” can only be used to reference synthetic sunscreen ingredients, yet plant oils do offer a range of skin-shade that can gracefully extend our time in the sun. Plant oils of Virgin Coconut, Jojoba, Olive, and Seabuckthorn applied to the skin provide a measure of plant-shade. Raspberry Seed oil also has potential use as a broad-range sun protectant. Under a spectrometer, Raspberry Seed oil absorbed both UVB and UVC rays while scattering UVA; it may provide a botanical equivalent of SPF-25.
6. Non nano Zinc for prolonged sun exposure
We want to avoid sunburned skin, so for extended hours in the sun that exceed your natural melanin protection and plant oil oversight, wear a hat and cover skin with clothing. Or, use a natural sunblock with zinc oxide. Uncoated zinc oxide effectively blocks the sun’s rays – and unlike the white stuff on lifeguards' noses, it won't paint the skin white.
*Article from Nadine Artemis' Renegade Beauty book