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Sunscreen Recommendations

☀️Summer is just around the corner and I’m being asked about sunscreen all the time so I have teamed up with the amazing Dr. Vivian Chen from @plateful.health to co-write this post on sunscreen.
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The best way to get vitamin D is through the sun. Sunscreen, whilst protective against sun damage, may diminish your body’s ability to make vitamin D. So it’s important to speak to your doctor and individualise safe limits on ‘sunscreen-free’ exposure to boost vitamin D, this will depend on your skin type and family history.
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One way to minimise the damage caused by the sun is to increase antioxidant intake through food. Lycopene, rich in tomatoes, has been found to protect against the sun. Other foods which may help include: watermelon, green leafy and cruciferous vegetables and green tea.
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Sun screen can be full of toxic chemicals. It may reduce our chances of skin cancer but can cause other health problems. So 4️⃣ ingredients to AVOID are: oxybenzone, retinal palmitate, parabens, and fragrance with phthalates.
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1. Oxybenzone, parabens, and phthalates - are all known endocrine disruptors.
2. Retinal palmitate - this is a form of vit. A, but as it reacts with UV rays, it increases the risk of skin tumors.
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If you’re still not sure about your sunscreen after checking for those 4 ingredients, go to EWG.org for more info.