Sun damage vs vitamin D deficiency, and UVA vs UVB sun protection.
Many articles have been written over the past few years on whether to use sunscreen and what kind.
It has been known that many of us have become deeply deficient in Vitamin D. Naturally the body can make sufficient amount of this vitamin while exposed to the sun. Vitamin D is essential for many functions in our bodies, including the absorption of calcium. It is also a powerful antioxidant, and some experts believe that it helps to prevent many internal cancers. We need about 20 minutes (depending on your skin type) in the sun, ideally before 10 am or after 4pm fully exposed to make sufficient amount of vitamin D.
“In all my many years of practice of medicine, I’ve never seen one vitamin, even vitamin C, have such profound effects on human health.”
- Soram Khalsa MD.
It makes sense to supplement the right dose of Vitamin D (D3 in particular).
A disturbing fact came out in a recent study that examined several brands of sunscreen and sunblock. Most of these brands are rated for UVB protection only, as they are required. UVB are the rays that cause sunburn. So, for years we’ve been relying on these brands and thinking that when not burning we are safely enjoying the sun. However, it is the UVA rays that are damaging. They penetrate the skin deeper, cause damage to the elastin and collagen fiber, which results in wrinkles, loss of elasticity, sagging and pigmentation. These are the same rays that are also believed to cause skin cancer.
So, next time you pick up a new bottle of sunscreen make sure it is a full spectrum UVA and UVB sunblock.
I believe that mineral sunscreens are the best, because they:
- are natural full spectrum sunblock
- don’t get absorbed into the skin
- don’t block your pores
- cool the skin’s surface (ideal for Rosacea, broken capillaries and sensitive skin)
- are waterproof and very stable
- have calming benefits for sensitive and Rosacea skin types
At Revive you can get a variety of mineral sunscreens for the body and face, great for women, men and children. These are pure clinical and therapeutic grade minerals that not only protect but also perfect your skin, free of harsh chemicals, dyes and fragrance.
Sunforgettable mineral brush SPF 30 & 50
is a lightweight mineral powder with a barely-there feel that provides the safest, non-irritating, instant UVA and UVB sun protection.
This breakthrough, very water resistant, sheer formula is easy to apply and reapply throughout the day.
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Treat your sun-drenched skin to the best organic facials and sun care products at Revive by Sarka this summer.