Protect Your Skin Like Mother Nature Intended
studies have suggested that the key to successful sunburn protection
during the summer is by working from the inside of your body, out. Now,
before you go and chug a bottle of SPF 30, there is a more practical
way to get the right protection under your skin.
that's already popular in Europe involves taking carotenoid and vitamin
E supplements for sun-protection. In addition, these same vitamins now
may be used alongside sunscreens to reduce the intensity of sunburn.
Carotenoids are classified as free radical-fighting antioxidants that
resemble those found in fruits, vegetables and plants.
of carotenoid and vitamin E were published by the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) and the Proceedings of the Society for
Experimental Biology and Medicine. Both studies enhance earlier German
research performed on the vitamins.
journal, AJCN, reported that natural mixed carotenoids and vitamin E
reduce skin-reddening. The report tested subjects over a 12-week period
and found that beta-carotene, and to an extent vitamin E, reduce
sunburn. The Journal found that the two test vitamins work together to
speed up the time it takes for benefits to be seen. During its study
the effects were seen after four weeks.
20 fair-skinned men and women over a 12-week period, and found those
who took 25 mg of Betatene naturally mixed carotenoid supplements saw
skin redness diminish after eight weeks, while those who took 25 mg of
Betatene and 500 IU of vitamin E saw redness diminish after merely four
experiment by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine tested
11 men and 11 women over a 24-week period. They were given 30 mg of
Betatene a day for eight weeks, and the dosage was increased by 30 mg
every eight weeks. The skin became more resistant to sunburn and UV
light, and lipid peroxidation levels in the blood declined, which
demonstrates antioxidant properties of the supplement.
that the natural carotenoid supplements reduced skin reddening after
the subjects were exposed to UV rays," Dr. Robert Watson, professor of
public health research at the University of Arizona Health Sciences
Center, said. "These supplements must be taken along with use of
sunscreens. When we say inside-outside protection, we mean take natural
mixed carotenoid supplements and also apply your sunscreen on the
outside all over your skin for optimum protection."
that it takes at least three weeks of vitamin intake to see results of
any kind. The body must accumulate the carotenoids before they are able
to provide UV protection, he said.
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