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19 Jul

8 Natural Ways to Prevent a Sunburn (And Sunscreen’s Not One of Them)

beachAs summer descends upon the world, a young Primal eater’s fancy turns to playful frolicking in the sunshine. And when you’re frolicking, the last thing you want to do is slather a bunch of horrible-smelling, greasy, overpriced sunblock all over your body. It makes you slippery and imbues your countenance with a deathly pallor that is very unbecoming. If you could, you’d love to avoid the nasty practice altogether. You’d love to use more alternative methods. Methods that may not have the support of the medical community, but for which supportive research does exist. Seeing as how a common refrain throughout the newly Primal is that sunburns seem fewer and further between than ever before, I’m guessing that there’s something to it. Dietary? Supplementary?

I’ve noticed the same thing in myself and my family, so I got to wondering: what about going Primal, exactly, might be having this effect? And if something is protecting us from the sun, and it’s not just in everyone’s heads, what else can we do to bolster our natural sunblock? What can we recommend to friends and family who aren’t quite on board with the whole deal but still want protection from the sun? Let’s take a look at some potential supplements and dietary strategies. I’ll reference research as often as possible, but I’ll also draw on anecdotal experience, both personal and from the community at large.

Eat Some Lycopene

Lycopene, that famous carotenoid found in tomatoes, has been shown in a recent in vivo RCT to protect humans against sun damage. Healthy women, aged 21-47, who ate 55 g of tomato paste containing 16 mg of lycopene every day for 12 weeks experienced significant protection against acute – and potentially long term – sun damage. Remember that cooked tomatoes, and tomato products like paste and sauce, offer far more bioavailable lycopene than raw tomatoes. If you’re counting, 55 grams of tomato paste is a hair over 3 tablespoons worth.

Get Some Astaxanthin

The super-antioxidant astaxanthin is found in algae, the organisms that eat it, and the organisms that eat those organisms (like salmon, shrimp, and pink flamingo – the pink/red color gives it away). It has been getting some attention as an “internal sunscreen.” Does it stack up? Well, here’s a study on isolated human skin cells, in which astaxanthin definitely protects against UVA damage. And here’s another study on isolated skin cells showing its protective effects. But those are limited. Does the effect persist in real life settings? In other words, does ingesting astaxanthin supplements or food that contains astaxanthin offer protection from UVA? This hairless mouse study suggests that it might; astaxanthin was more effective than even retinol. I’d say it looks promising, and I’m always interested in an excuse to dine on pink flamingo thigh.

Get Some Vitamin D

A common anecdotal report is that supplementing vitamin D increases sun tolerance and protection against sun damage, and a recent study seems to confirm this. Various forms of the vitamin D prohormone offered various protections against UV damage in a mouse model: reduced sunburn, lowered incidence of tumor development. Huh, imagine that! Getting sun gives you vitamin D, which in turn protects you from too much sun. It’s funny how these things work out. Nature can be very elegant.

Get Your Long-Chain Omega-3s and Ditch the Omega-6s

A recent study out of Australia found that adults with the highest serum concentrations of DHA and EPA had the least “cutaneous p53 expression.” What’s the significance of cutaneous p53 expression? When your skin is in danger of damage from the sun, p53 expression is upregulated to protect it, and high p53 immunoreactivity can lead to melanoma. The fact that high DHA/EPA meant low p53 immunoreactivity suggests that the omega-3s were protecting the skin. And although the study’s authors noted that high serum omega-6 content didn’t seem to correlate with high p53 activity, I think a likelier explanation is this: omega-6 is so prevalent in the modern Australian diet, that even “low” levels are still above the threshold for increased susceptibility to sunburn. Going higher than that threshold won’t make things any worse, and it won’t show up in the statistics. Drop that omega-6 intake to 2% of calories, though, while getting an equal amount of omega-3s? I bet you’d see some incredible UV-resistance.

Eat Plenty of Saturated Fat

This is slightly redundant in light of the last suggestion – after all, if you’re limiting PUFAs, you gotta eat some saturated fat – but I think it’s worth mentioning. I hear about people bumping up their saturated fat intake and improving their UV-resistance all over the place, and I’ve experienced the same thing myself, but I’d never seen it mentioned in the literature. Well, here’s a cool rodent study in which mice were either given a saturated fat-enriched diet or a PUFA-enriched diet. No word on the exact composition of the two diets. When both groups of mice were injected with melanoma cells, “the initiation time required for visible tumor growth in mice receiving the polyunsaturated fat diet was significantly less than that in mice receiving the saturated fat diet.” A higher-saturated fat diet was protective, while a higher-PUFA diet was not. If you’re gonna be out in the sun, better eat your butter, palm oil, and coconut oil, eh?

Drink Tea

Tea, especially green tea, offers a complex arsenal of antioxidant compounds. How it works and what’s doing it isn’t fully understood, but it’s generally accepted that drinking green tea is a smart move and a mainstay of many healthy traditional cultures. Unsurprisingly, there’s also evidence that dietary green tea, specifically its polyphenols, inhibit the development of skin tumors by controlling inflammation and preventing DNA damage. Topical green tea extracts applied directly to the skin also offer photoprotection.

Get Some Proanthocyanidins

Proanthocyanidins, which can be found in wine and grape seeds, berries like blueberries and chokeberries, nuts like hazelnuts and pistachios, and certain niche grains like sorghum and barley, have been efficacious in preventing UV damage in hairless rodents. Whether it works for hairless apes remains to be seen, but drinking wine and eating berries sound like fine ideas regardless of their photoprotective efficacy. Actually, score one for the hairless apes who quaff wine: a recent study found that people who supplemented with grape seed extract (high in anthocyanidins) had a significantly lower risk of skin cancer. It sounds promising.

Consider Resveratrol

Resveratrol gets a lot of publicity for its possible anti-cancer, cardioprotective, and lifespan enhancing qualities, but it’s also gaining steam as a potential photoprotective agent. This study found that once incorporated into skin cells, resveratrol protected them from UV damage. Topical resveratrol seems viable, too, but I can imagine rubbing resveratrol into your sun-exposed skin would get expensive rather quickly.

Well, that’s what I came up with. I think the first four appear to be the most effective, but if you have a real problem with burning, it might be worth checking out all the strategies I mentioned. I’m also interested in what’s worked for you. Have you tried the above methods? Did they work? Fill us in and thanks for reading!

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  1. Great stuff! I just wanted to add a Russian home remady that had worked for me and others who were not afraid to try it: sour cream. Topical application of sour cream on sun burn helps sooth the burning and prevents pealing. You have to do it the same day that you get burnt but I have found it helps far more than aloe Vera.

    Pasha wrote on July 19th, 2011
  2. This year I decided to protect myself from sunburns by going out and getting one on a hot, sunny day. I lied down by a lakeside with a friend and chilled (or rather, baked .. :P) and stayed there just relaxing and going in the water on occasion for around 6 hours, turning from side to side and on my back and sleeping on and off. I got a pretty bad burn that left me in some discomfort for a few days but then it went away, leaving me with a fairly dark tan, which then protected me from being burnt when I was outside later at the beach and whatnot.
    I can’t remember using sunscreen in the last 7 years or so except for the odd time but I never use it anymore. I think it’s pointless and potentially toxic, which is the same reason I shun most cosmetic-type products. No facewash, no deoderant, only enough soap and shampoo to look clean and not be stinky. Often I don’t even use soap to wash my hands. When I do use it I prefer bar soap, which also seems to be just as good on hair as shampoo.

    Animanarchy wrote on July 19th, 2011
  3. I have a 1 year old, 2 year old, and 4 year old. We’ve been at the pool for a month straight for swimming lessons, and none of us has burned, but we eat a healthy diet. My husband on the other hand, hates healthy food and burned to a crisp while helping his friend install new windows.

    Even if I told him berries, tomatoes, beets, fish etc. would act as sunscreen, he’d still choose the chemical lotions. He’s so “mainstream”. Even with his health suffering (physically, emotionally, even spiritually) he just won’t convert to a healthy lifestyle. He thinks there’s a magic pill for everything!

    Randi wrote on July 19th, 2011
  4. I would also add: get some sun. This pasty white boy, since going primal, is tanning up nicely like I did when I was a kid. The tan is itself a protection.

    I’ve still got to be careful if I’m at the beach all day but even then a bit of redness is gone the next day, no blistering or peeling. Another side benefit.

    IvyBlue wrote on July 19th, 2011
  5. I do pretty much all of that and still burn easily. Scotch-Irish-German genetics, keyboard jockey desk job, and high altitude scorching sun make for a tough combo to go sans sunscreen.

    To your tips I’d add “sun yourself/exercise outdoors for 10-20 minutes each day during peak hours (10am-2pm) if possible to slowly build up a tan without sunburn.”

    Duff wrote on July 19th, 2011
  6. Living in AZ… this is great information! Thanks! :)

    Meg wrote on July 19th, 2011
  7. I am soooo going to try the coconut oil! Being a red-head with fair skin, I used to live in sunscreen until last year when I attended Primal Con. I now use it sparingly and mostly if I am going out on water. I hated the way that sunscreen would get into my eyes and leave me with weepy eyes all day…and then the chemical smell..ick. So, have fairly ditched the sunscreen. But, amazingly, I find it really difficult to find a regular moisturizer that does NOT have sunscreen in it for a day cream…it’s become a cult! One more picky thing…that opening line about summer coming to the world…that is true only in North America as it is now winter in many parts and many other parts have nothing but summer!! LOL… (or nothing but winter..but I digress)

    Janine wrote on July 19th, 2011
  8. Great timing with this one Mark! I’m actually at the beach with my fiancé and her family right now and I know this post will come in handy!

    Chase wrote on July 19th, 2011
  9. Hmm. I don’t think I’ll be giving up sunscreen any time soon, since I’m concerned with more than avoiding sunburn. I have the kind of skin that you really need to sleep in a coffin and avoid garlic to protect. But I’m all for the drinking of the tea. Oh yes.

    One other tip – stay in the shade and wear clothing and hats! Or is that too obvious? :P

    Anna Barlowea wrote on July 19th, 2011
  10. I live in New Zealand where thanks to all the lovely pollution from the rest of the world we have a hole in the ozone layer that sits above us during Spring/Summer. The sun in New Zealand will burn you in 15 minutes, it can burn you through light clothing, you can even get burned during Winter. Seriously.

    I work outside in Summer and cover myself as much as possible with clothing so I don’t have to wear as much sunscreen cause I hate the stuff. Will these things work even with these extreme conditions?

    Jess wrote on July 19th, 2011
  11. Fascinating. I’m another native Seattlite, but have lived most of my adult life in sunnier climates. My worst sunburns were in fact in Puget Sound (idyllic teenage summers falling asleep on the raft in the bay, the rare sun caressing, etc!). Since then I’ve spent most of my life in Southern Japan (hot & sunny), Micronesia (equatorial hotter and sunnier!) and now (shock) Great Britain (back to dark, cold and cloudy.

    In Japan when I was there, sun was The Enemy, up to the point where people used parasols to avoid it. Although the younger set would travel to various tropic climes, tanning was not the end goal.

    I was never badly sunburned in Micronesia, but the people who did suffer from sun there were the Capuchine Friars. Caucasian, many of fair, sandy-to-red-haired, freckled Irish descent. Covered up bodies (those cassocks, you know) and bare heads. Many cases of skin cancer, in fact, among that population. I did use sun block pretty religiously then. That, and staying in the shade as much as possible.

    Here in Britain there seem to be two extremes. People who are so sun-paranoid that they do not venture out without 50+spf factor sunblock, and those who are so sun-deprived that they load up at the tanning salon and/or over do it on holidays to Tenerife of similar and end up looking like “fine, Corinthian leather.”

    I’ve always pretty much bought into the “sun and tanning are evil” common wisdom. So my big post-primal step has been to skip my sun-block under-makeup moisturiser for the past couple of months. Here in England there’s not a lot to worry about but Mark has inspired me that what sun there is, if it reaches my skin for a short period each day during my daily walk, will probably not kill me. :-)

    And after all that build up, a question: there’s a tanning salon that I walk past on my daily commute that has a sign outside saying “Get your Vitamin D here!” Ummmmm….what’s the current thinking amongst all of you? I wouldn’t go in a tanning salon because the places scare me witless but would you actually get any Vitamin D off the sunlamps? Or does it (as I have always thought?) have to be the real, actual, astronomical sun providing the rays?

    Karen F wrote on July 19th, 2011
    • Vitamin D is synthesized by the skin using cholesterol and UVB (a particular wavelength of ultraviolet light). So the sunlamps will indeed produce Vitamin D, just as plants grow just fine under the right artificial lighting.

      However, there’s a lot to be said for being out in the actual full-spectrum sunshine, such as antifungal and mood-enhancing effects. Since humans have had their bare skin exposed to sunlight for many thousands of generations, who knows what other benefits remain undiscovered.

      Sunblock, on the other hand, has been around for less than 100 years and presents well-documented health risks. So you can take your chances with chemicals unfamiliar to your genome, or with a light source that’s been around for all of human existence. The choice seems easy to me.

      Timothy wrote on July 19th, 2011
  12. Doc said my vitamin D levels were very low so I began taking a D supplement with Resveratrol about 2 months ago. I’m a fair-skinned, very freckled, red-head and have always burned, plus I have other meds that make me sun-sensitive.

    however, on a trip to florida last week, me and some of my favorite brand of dry spray SPF45 made it a pain free week. Normally, sunscreen alone doesn’t cut it for me and I burn anyhow.

    I got color; I just had no pain even though I was out at noon. And dang it, color does look good on a ginger! :)

    Diane wrote on July 19th, 2011
  13. Eating primal does indeed help, but it’s not a panacea for sun exposure. Hiking at high altitude all day, or laying out on the beach all day, will burn you no matter how much coconut oil you eat.

    Also keep in mind that you usually don’t have to slather sunblock on your entire body unless you’re “laying out”…put some on the top of your ears, your nose, and your shoulders, because those are the first places to burn, and you’ll avoid the worst while still soaking up some Vitamin D from the rest of your body.

    J. Stanton wrote on July 19th, 2011
  14. for those who choose to use sunscreen: chemical sunscreens (any popular brand is most assuredly chemical) are highly toxic. the chemicals used that provide the sunscreen effect become carcinogenic when exposed to sunlight. seriously nasty stuff – i wouldn’t touch it with rubber gloves, and i would never get it near my children!

    coconut oil is wonderful, with an spf of 4 most people can hang out for a good healthy dose of vitamin d. longer than an hour in midday sun, go for physical sunscreens that use zinc and titanium oxides.

    as was pointed out earlier, just because you’re not burning does not mean the sun is not (potentially) damaging your skin. uva rays are the same strength all year long, regardless of cloud cover, and though they won’t make your skin pink they sure as day will damage it.

    cheri wrote on July 19th, 2011
  15. I’m in the UK too and have “caught the sun” even in February on my fair, mole-laden skin – I’ve burned in the past despite using factor 30 – this was before starting to transition into eating Primal. I’m afraid to risk further sunburn, what with my high risk of skin cancer. I always slather on factor 50 if I’m out hiking for the day or at the beach.

    Gail QB wrote on July 19th, 2011
  16. I was just thinking about this as I was laying outside today. I have been adhering to a primal lifestyle for over 10 months or so, and have not gotten a single burn of any kind, despite laying outside quite frequently “unprotected.”

    Chris wrote on July 19th, 2011
  17. I’ve found that eating blueberries everyday really helps. Of course if you live in Maine you also have to acclimate yourself gradually when summer finally gets here. The end of winter finds me looking a lot like the underbelly of a flounder. :-) I used to just burn and peel then repeat. Now I do get a little pink but it tans right up.

    bbuddha wrote on July 19th, 2011
  18. Wow. I was just thinking how odd that I haven’t burned yet thus summer despite all the hours spent in the sun! Which is a first for me! Now it all makes sense…I had thought it might have something to do with going primal! Very cool!

    Cheyenne wrote on July 19th, 2011
  19. Awesome post, I have pretty fair skin and my job has me working in the sun for 7 hours, and I usually have some sunburn, maybe these tips will cut it down.

    Matt wrote on July 19th, 2011
  20. I take both D3 and fish oil, have a great tan, spend 1 1/2 hours in the MS sun today and didn’t burn at all.

    George Mounce wrote on July 19th, 2011
  21. As a girl with Irish heritage and pale skin, I used to slather on the SPF to keep from burning. Since going primal about 6 months ago, I rarely apply sunscreen anymore, and I live in sunny L.A.! I’ve gotten so out of the habit of using it, that I spent an entire day at the pool last Sunday and didn’t even turn pink. I even have a nice golden hue this summer instead of my usual milky white – which is amazing!

    ThePrimalSophisticate wrote on July 19th, 2011
  22. Timely. I have been primal for three years, eat a lot of fat and vitamin D. I just got back from a hippy fest (it’s hard to eat primal among hippies) and went without a shirt for three days..the sun was brutal. However, I did not burn, I went gold. The last time I tanned was four years ago and I burned in about 30 minutes.

    Directm wrote on July 19th, 2011
    • TRUE, I burn, very, very easily, and use some sun block when long periods of exposure. SO, I looked for one without any toxic chemicals, only one I found is one from Dr. Mercola’s website. No toxic chemicals, all natural.

      John D. Pilla wrote on July 20th, 2011
  23. Being a redhead, belonging to redheaded parents, you’d think I’d be doomed LOL but I think I can vouch personally for the “plenty of Vitamin D from sun exposure helps protect against sun damage” idea. Both my parents have always spent a lot of time outdoors through their whole lives and NEVER burn. Me, I’ve had a few bad burns (in my teens when I didn’t see daylight very often LOL) but I never burned as a child, and I’ve not had any for years, and can easily be out in the sun for hours at a time. I still go a lovely shade of crimson, and worry that maybe this time was too long, but there’s no pain and by the next day I just have an abundance of new freckles :D (Incidentally, I do eat a lot of tomato sauce, beetroot and saturated fats…)

    Jo wrote on July 20th, 2011
  24. I did some research on green tea, and I found out that Kambucha Tea is higher in antioxidants and nutritional value vs regular green tea. It is also great for energy, I drink it before my workouts and I noticed a huge difference.

    Mulberries are a great source of resveratrol.

    Tatianna wrote on July 20th, 2011
  25. This is so informative – thank you!

    It’s tricky enough to find sunblock that is not loaded with nasty chemicals and ingredients and is not ridiculously expensive but I didn’t realize you could naturally help boost your own skin protection!

    I recently bought Astaxanthin because I heard it was super for the eyes – I’m excited to see if this also helps with added skin protection!

    Ali wrote on July 20th, 2011
  26. You know, now that you mention it, I have had a sunburn-free summer so far, though I’ve been lackadaisical with sunblock.

    The only changes I’ve made (compared to last summer) have been to my diet – eating primal / lower carb, and taking regular fish oil supplements.

    These days, I’ve taken to wearing a large sun hat when I’m out, so I won’t get too much sun on my face. It has less to do with a fear of burning, and more with my eyes being sensitive to the sun.

    Good post :)

    I will forward this to a friend of mine who is allergic to sunscreen. She’d love another excuse to drink a glass of wine!

    Kate M. wrote on July 20th, 2011
  27. The best sunscreen you can get is your own.
    Start working on your tan BEFORE JUNE 30th every year. The earth shifts at the end of June and the rays change.

    Primal Palate wrote on July 20th, 2011
  28. Thanks so much for this post! I’m going to an all-day outdoor party this Saturday and was trying to think of ways to avoid sunblock

    dani wrote on July 20th, 2011
  29. I wasn’t going to say what I am going to say… but I can’t help myself. What exactly is the problem with sunscreen? I don’t ever recall a time when I used a product which was overly greasy or which made me look pale. If you find one that does, get another and move on. My moisturiser doesn’t make me look pasty and neither does my factor 30 sunscreen, unless you are saying that sunscreen stops the skin from tanning, which is inaccurate. It’ll stop you burning so if you have the type of skin which has to burn before you tan, yeah, it’ll take longer, but anyone who thinks burning in the name of vanity is OK has to be truly ignorant. Basically, without trying to make a scientific argument in which I would probably not convery my point very well, what I am trying to say is yeah, improving your natural defences with nutrition is a great idea (which I will try), but in my opinion no-one should ever go without sunscreen, especially if they are caucasian and /or not used to sun exposure. Who wants skin cancer or accelerated skin aging? I certainly don’t. Skin cancer is a terrible disease, just google sun related melanoma and make the decision for yourself. I have known two people with skin cancer and my poor old Texan step-mum has had peels and no end of other cosmetic treatments to remedy her sun damaged skin, a problem which could have been avoided if she had known what we know now about sun protection in the 60’s. And by the way, I am white, fair and I live in England so I am pale, and I don’t have a problem with that – it’s how I was born and my skin is still healthy 27 years later, even though I love frolicking in the sunshine, because I take care of it. I love you Mark, I honestly think you are brilliant, and I love MDA, but I think this article is a little bit irresponsible. I’m sure it might smack too much of CW to you to stick a line or two about using nutrition in conjuction with external sun protection but I wish you would.

    Charlotte wrote on July 20th, 2011
    • Most sunscreens block out UVB rays, which tan your skin and promote vitamin D production. They DON’T block UVA rays, which don’t tan, don’t promote vit D production, but ARE associated with melanoma. So using sunblock protects you from tanning and making vit D, but doesn’t protect you from melanoma (hence the increasing rates). Because you’re not burning, you don’t have that natural warning that you’ve had enough, so you get far too much UVA, increasing the risk of melanoma. And the vit D which would confer some protection from the UVA rays hasn’t been produced, so they’re even more potentially dangerous (increased rates of melanoma again).
      Less vit D and more melanoma, and then cinnamates are absorbed by the skin, processed through the kidneys and excreted in the urine. No one knows what they do on the way through the body.
      I could go on.

      I favour big sunhats, and I’m going to try to get rid of all omega 6 from the family diet and see how it goes without sunblock when the fierce Australian summer returns.

      Barbara wrote on July 21st, 2011
    • It’s simple:
      increased sunscreen usage = increased rates of sun-related cancers.

      Rex wrote on July 22nd, 2011
  30. I think the reason why Primal people burn less is that they spend as much time as they can outdoors all year round.
    It is only when we spend all our time indoors and then suddenly expose ourselves to a day of full-on sun that we are likely to get burned.

    Annika wrote on July 20th, 2011
  31. Another Seattleite weighing in here … Before going Primal about a month and a half ago, I burned a little during a rare day of sun here, and I wasn’t even out all that long. Over the 4th of July weekend, I didn’t use any sunscreen, stayed out in the sun quite a bit, and just turned a little darker than usual. It didn’t occur to me that going Primal was related to that!

    When I’m going to be out all day, or on the water, I use a little DeVita sunscreen – nontoxic, nonchemical, and not at all greasy or chalky-looking. They make face and body versions; I use the face version.

    Primal Yogini wrote on July 20th, 2011
  32. I’m with you, Charlotte. I like pale skin. I also like MDA, too, but at times it does seem like a cult, an impression helped along by the fanaticism of the commenters. Discard everything you know! This is the One True Path!

    MitchellD wrote on July 20th, 2011
  33. Ever see photographs of 19th century American Indians who spent their entire lives in the sun and didn’t consume vegetable seed oils and a most of what modern Americans eat? Their skin weathered at an early age. Yeah, enjoy the sun, avoid sunscreen but dress appropriately and don’t be stupid.

    Dirk wrote on July 20th, 2011
    • “…and don’t be stupid.” You mean like Grok?

      Rex wrote on July 22nd, 2011
  34. This is a great article. I hate sunscreen and anything that smells that off shouldn’t be absorbed into your skin as far as I’m concerned.

    Id say most pale people should ease into there sun exposure too.

    Fitness Guy wrote on July 20th, 2011
  35. I grew up getting sunburns every summer, but eventually even my pale skin would turn a soft, golden shade of brown. In my teens, it was because I didn’t know any better. In my 20s, it was because I didn’t care. In my 30s, I figured the damage had already been done so I’ll just keep doing it. In my 40s, I was diagnosed with melanoma. I love my paleo lifestyle and hope that it helps prevent a recurrence of skin cancer. But I will keep using my mineral-based sunblock, do outdoor activities in the early morning, wear a hat, enjoy the shade, and hope for a long, happy (cancer-free)Paleo life.

    Carol wrote on July 20th, 2011
    • Did you know that the rise in sun-related cancers rose with the increased use of sunblock? Think about it.

      Rex wrote on July 22nd, 2011
  36. I have been getting a rash like raised bumps from sun exposure for the last several years but this year it has been better but not completely gone. I am going to try using more coconut oil and butter and less olive oil for cooking, I have been using it more in the past year which has probably made the improvement, but I still tend to reach for the olive oil for certain things. Here in Las Vegas we get sun just about every day. I will have to see where I can sneak in some tomato paste, too I have to be careful of carbs to lose weight since I am very carb sensitive and tomato paste is pretty high in carbs.

    AmyNVegas wrote on July 20th, 2011
  37. I take astaxanthin to help prevent macular degeneration, but it’s good to know that it may be helping with skin protection too.

    Mark – How about an article on eye health? Macular degeneration is on the increase and is one of the leading causes of blindness in old age.

    French Margaret wrote on July 20th, 2011
  38. I’ve been using only coconut oil on my skin for about 4 years now. I’m very light in the complexion department, but the only time I’ve burned in 4 years has been when I haven’t slathered on the oil

    In fact, my husband and friends like to make fun of me, but a couple summers ago we all went camping. We all had the same exposure and everyo fried except me. Coconut oil helped them recover from their bad Burns quickly though. Ha…

    Kari wrote on July 21st, 2011
  39. I would like to try coconut oil externally but I have read all over the net that it is comedogenic, so I’m nervous to use it on my face…

    Charlotte wrote on July 21st, 2011

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