Should Sun Pills be Part of Natural Skin Care?
and controversy is building. Somewhere in there is the truth. Do
they protect against sun damage, or not? Are they a replacement for
sunscreen, or not? Here are the facts you need to determine whether sun
pills are a good addition to your summer natural skin care routine.
If you've read some of the current articles, you may notice from
their responses that most of the doctors appear to be answering the
question "Can sun pills replace sunscreen?" In fact, none of the brands
on the market claim to be sunscreen or sun block, nor do they claim to
replace them. They simply claim to protect from sun damage. Some of the
advertising is confusing because it contains statements about the
product not having to be reapplied and not washing off - obviously
comparing it to sunscreen, and therefore giving the impression that you
would use the pills as an alternative - but, the packaging and
advertising also says that the pills should be used with sunscreen.
So, first of all, recognize that sun pills do not replace sunscreen
nor do they lessen the amount of sunscreen one would need. However,
they do act internally to protect against sun damage, and therefore
should be part of your natural skin care routine - especially those
formulas high in vitamins and herbs. The ingredients generally include
Vitamins A, C, D and E, selenium, paba, green tea extracts, aloe,
pomegranate, ashwagandha (used in Ayurvedic medicine for a wide variety
of problems - including treating tumors and inflammation) and beet
root. Many of these are potent antioxidants that fight the free
radicals which affect the DNA at the cellular level when UV radiation
penetrates the skin. Bear in mind that some UV rays will penetrate the
skin, regardless of sunscreen. Clinical studies have also shown some of
these ingredients to be beneficial to collagen and elastin production.
However, a good basic supplementation program will no doubt have
almost all of these nutrients included. So, if you have such a basic
program, you probably already have the protection that sun pills offer
for natural skin care - although you may want to up the dosages a bit
in the summer to counteract the increased exposure.
The nutrients in sun pills will help your skin any time of year.
Free radicals abound all year 'round, and antioxidants help combat them
- leaving you with fresher, younger, healthier skin. If you have any
questions about it, consult a dermatologist, but, according to many of
the interviews in the current articles, most will agree that these
nutrients will help your general health, and your skin, and should be
part of your natural skin care routine.