For years, doctors and health advisors have been adamantly spreading the warning that sun bathing, or
“sun worshiping” as it is often referred to, is dangerous and could lead to skin damage, wrinkles,
dryness, sun spots, and of course, melanoma (a skin cancer).
Well, guess what- the sun is back!
Our bodies were designed to be “solar collectors” that manufacture or synthesize vitamin
D metabolically. This very vital nutrient is commonly known to help reverse osteoporosis, strengthen
brittle bones, and assist in the formation of strong teeth. The sun also contains many other therapeutic
and cleansing benefits, including far infrared light.
What many people do not know is that a lack of adequate sunlight lowers the immune system and
allows cancers to proliferate in the body. Clinical studies show that our body needs up to 1000mg of
vitamin D per day to cut ovarian, colon, and breast cancer risk in half!
So, how much sunlight is enough? How much is too much?
According to cancer researcher Dr. Kate Arney, we actually need relatively little sunlight to absorb
adequate amounts of vitamin D.
I recommend 40 minutes per day of direct sunlight in the winter and 30 minutes per day in the
Okay, I know you are all wondering, “How do I get sunlight in the winter? Am I supposed to wear my
bathing suit in the snow?”
Well, no need to worry, in order to collect sunlight all you need is your two hands palms up, with your face
exposed, for 15-20 minutes in the morning and 15-20 minutes in the afternoon- or in ten minute intervals
throughout the day…without sunscreen!
In one study published by Harvard University, lung cancer patients were 40% more likely to die when the
surgeries took place in the winter!
But remember the sun still holds dangers for those who get overexposed to sunlight.
This brings us to sun protection. Sunscreen can be dangerous. Why?
Well, for two reasons. First, many (most) sunblocks used in the U.S. do not adequately protect us from all
of the effects from harmful sun rays and actually contain ingredients shown to be carcinogenic!
Secondly, sunscreen gives people a false sense of security. Users believe they become immune to the
sun, due to the fact that they are “protected.”
[Much like people eating “low fat” cookies, people mistakenly eat 10 or 12 thinking that since they are
better for you that you can eat a lot, actually in the end you consume more calories, sugars, and fat!]
There are actually two types of ultraviolet light, UVA and UVB. UVA, or ultraviolet light type A, includes
solar rays from 320- 400 nanometers- this causes skin to tan. They are the longer UV waves and
penetrate more deeply, causing drying and poor skin texture.
The shorter UVB at 290-320 nanometers is what we are told we need to worry about; this is what most
sunscreen works well for, which is good since this is what leads to “sunburn” and skin cancer.
However, there is a hidden danger; UVA rays actually cause wrinkles and skin damage and are just as
intense in winter as summer.
Note: These UVA rays penetrate water, clothes, and clouds so even when you do not know it, you are
affected! Unfortunately, most sunscreens only protect you against UVB.
So, remember to look for a non-toxic, natural version and always go for the appropriate sunscreen for
your skin type. Special note: never trust an SPF number over 15 because they are not that much more
Also, always choose a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection since you absolutely need both to
avoid sun damage that leads to wrinkles, skin damage, and contributes to signs of aging!
If you worry about overexposure to the sun, you must realize that you need to do more than just use
sunscreen. You need to take additional steps to repair your sun-damaged skin, plus avoid sunspots and
potentially deadly cancer.
Below you will find a list of foods (ingredients) and treatments that you should look for in order to
maximize the quality, tone, color, texture, and youthful appearance of your skin.
The top 5 super foods that restore and protect your skin; add these miracles of nature to your daily
diet and watch as the look of your skin is transformed into something radiantly beautiful, youthful.
1.) Aloe Vera (Hippocrates dubbed aloe the “potted physician”) – PHP’s Aloe Vera Concentrate 40X is
clinically proven to increase basal activity by 2-300%! This means younger, fresher, firmer skin within only
a few days. Aloe also contains polysaccharides that actually hold anti-oxidants like vitamin C (vital to
collagen formation), vitamin A (vital to skin repair), and vitamin E (vital to elasticity) in the blood serum up
to 3 times longer, meaning they have more time to affect your skin.
2.) Amino Acids– Certain amino acids and peptides actually tighten and firm the skin creating the
appearance of a mini lift. They can also help regulate the osmotic pressure of skin cells, creating equal
distribution of moisture which can dramatically smooth out lines and creases and lift sagging chins, lids,
and cheeks. We recommend Super Amino 23; this patented complex is clinically proven and listed in the
Physicians’ Desk Reference as the “Master Amino Acid Pattern.” Over 36 published studies document its
effectiveness in weight loss, reversing muscle wasting, and body toning.
3.) Green foods– Green plants oxygenate, alkalize, increase circulation, and detoxify your skin with the
power of chlorophyll, enzymes, peptides, and trace minerals.
They include: Chlorella- an algae that detoxifies heavy metals and purifies skin; Spirulina- which boasts
abundant carotenoids, tocopherols, and essential fatty acids; Wheatgrass, Barley grass, and Alfalfa which
use the “grass juice factor” first discovered by Dr. Schnabel in the early 1900s to rejuvenate and re-youth
even the most challenging skin.
4.) Dark fruits like cherries, pomegranates, blueberries, raspberries, and other red, blue, and purple
pigmented fruits. These contain amazing compounds like ellagic acid to fight skin cancer, anthocyanidins
that reduce swelling increase circulation and stop heart disease, and dozens of other compounds that
give the complexion a “glow” that made these fruits the prized and exclusive treat of royalty. We
recommend Purium’s Apothe-Cherry.
5.) Powerful antioxidants like Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a highly powerful antioxidant that, by
quenching singlet and triplet oxygen, protects the eyes and skin from UV A and B damage and the cells
from oxidative damage. Studies show that Astaxanthin may also help the body avoid the onset of
cancerous cells, assist with neurodegenerative diseases, and help support the alleviation of stress. Try
Purium’s Super Xanthin – our internal sunscreen in a capsule!
My favorite “natural” sun damage reversing treatment:
Try Purium’s Bio Skin Care – your skin will thank you! Effectively accelerate the regeneration,
rejuvenation, and rehydration of emerging skin cells for younger, fresher, less damaged skin as it
emerges on the surface.
So remember, like anything good for us, too much could be bad. But do not avoid the sun completely or
you may be over-correcting and therefore depriving yourself of an important aspect of your health,
causing your skin to suffer visibly.