As a fair-skinned woman, protecting my skin is crucial to me in the summer. There are two things that lead me to use the following tip, 1) I have a particular interest in getting as much vitamin D from the sun as I can and 2) there is no way I will use sunscreen on my skin. Sunscreen blocks vitamin D absorption from sunlight, and is a dreadful chemical shield that is easily absorbed and a toxic pollutant in the body. Here is a much better option.
If you know you’re going to be in the sun and stand the risk of getting a sunburn start taking plenty of fish oil about 7-10 days in advance. I used this once while planning a Caribbean cruise in December. Without protection the exposure would have undoubtedly induced painful burns. Instead, by planning ahead, I enjoyed many hours near the equator and never burned a bit during the entire cruise. I took 8-10 gel caps of fish oil per day at least 1 week prior to the cruise and during on the trip. It worked great, and I got a decent tan.
In addition, the first few exposures of the hot sun during the spring and summer can be a bit concerning for those of us with minimal melanin in our skin. Make sure to cover any exposed skin with olive oil before your day in the sun and watch with amazement how your skin turns slightly pink, but doesn’t burn. For longer exposures, you may need a second coat of oil and an increase your fish oil the week prior. If you’re a mom concerned about using toxic sunscreens, but want to protect your children from an all-day sun exposure, try these options and let your kids enjoy soaking up that vitamin D, while supporting their health!