Longer, much sunnier days are ahead and experts agree that sunscreen is essential for outside play and beach time along with large brimmed hats and long sleeve shirts. Here are 3 natural ways ways to help reduce sun's deadly rays effects on the body.
1. Swallow your sunscreen: Vitamin B3 supplements may prove to help reduce the amount of skin cancers according to a recent Australian study. Of the group that took daily supplements, 23% less skin cancers were reported than the group on the placebo.
2. Eat your sunscreen: Dark leafy greens, olive oil and nuts could provide a natural boost of antioxidants to protect your skin. The Mediterranean Diet is rich in these types of foods.
3. From sea to supplement: Red algae is a rich source of calcium and magnesium so it contributes to bone health and since it is loaded with antioxidants it helps boost your immune system and nourishes your skin. Astaxanthin is a red-algae supplement that Iron distance athletes swear by that protects their skin from long hours in the sun.
Although all these "natural" methods will help support your own skin's protection mechanisms, the best way to reduce the harmful effects of the sun are to avoid it or wear and re-apply sunscreen throughout the day.