What Nutrition Professionals Recommend for Summer Skin
Natural Grocers surveyed over 100 Nutritional Health Coaches to find out how they protect their skin from the inside out to keep sun damage at bay during the summer months
LAKEWOOD, Colo., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers recently conducted a survey of its Nutritional Health Coaches* to find out what they do to protect their skin from sun damage during the summer months. With over 100 responses from nutritionists across the country, the results revealed three of the most recommended nutrients as well as strategies for using mineral sunscreens without wearing the chalky "ghost-look" to the beach.
LAKEWOOD, Colo., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers recently conducted a survey of its Nutritional Health Coaches* to find out what they do to protect their skin from sun damage during the summer months. With over 100 responses from nutritionists across the country, the results revealed three of the most recommended nutrients as well as strategies for using mineral sunscreens without wearing the chalky "ghost-look" to the beach.Here are the top three nutrients recommended by nutrition professionals to protect your skin from the inside-out this summer.
74% recommended carotenoids such as astaxanthin, lutein, and beta-carotene
*Respondents were allowed to select more than one nutrient, so the results will not add up to 100%.
How do These Nutrients Support Skin Health?
Oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) are protective compounds that shield the skin from the oxidative damage caused by the sun's rays—by destroying free radicals that are created when skin is exposed to sunlight. Sun exposure can result in long term changes to the skin's collagen, known as photoaging, in which the skin develops wrinkles. This is due to changes in the structure and elasticity of the collagen found in a deep layer of skin called the dermis. OPCs protect and strengthen collagen, making it less susceptible to photoaging.
The omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, found in fish oil promote a healthy inflammatory response to sunlight. In fact, research has shown that EPA and DHA supplements can provide sunburn relief. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause the skin to lose moisture as well as essential oils, leaving it dry, flaky and prematurely wrinkled, even in younger people. In addition to their inflammation modulating functions, EPA and DHA help the skin retain moisture, promoting smooth healthy looking skin.
Together, these three families of nutrients work in synergy to provide internal sun defense and support healthy, smooth skin. Furthermore these compounds do not seem to block the skin's ability to make vitamin D upon exposure to sunlight, but still provide sun defense.i
The #1 Recommended Nutrient for Skin Health -- Astaxanthin
Mineral Sunscreens Without the "Ghost-Look"
The downside to these mineral based sunscreens? Some of them may leave you looking a little chalky because they tend to stay on top layers of the skin. The same nutrition experts who answered our survey also gave tips on how to minimize the chalky appearance left by these sunscreens. Top tips included: using a moisturizing lotion or even using olive oil or coconut oil to help the sunscreen rub in better and also patting the sunscreen spreading it around. Many people responded that they had personal favorite brands that don't leave an excessive chalky appearance and they are loyal to those products as well.
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and its special ability to take up and concentrate skin-protective nutrients is nothing short of amazing. This simple fact emphasizes how important consuming these compounds is for skin health. So with the longest day of the year approaching, don't be afraid to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, just make sure you've been consuming plenty of carotenoids, OPCs, and fish oil and you're equipped with a safe and environmentally friendly sunscreen.
*Natural Grocers' Nutritional Health Coaches are highly trained nutrition specialists who support customers by offering complimentary services such as science-based nutrition classes, cooking demonstrations and one-on-one health coaching sessions.
Written by Jonathan Clinthorne, Ph.D. Manager of Scientific Affairs & Nutrition Education
Jonathan F. Clinthorne, PhD., is an ultra-endurance athlete trained in immunology and expert in human nutrition. Clinthorne has served on numerous medical advisory boards and has authored a number of research papers covering topics such as probiotics, immune function, inflammation and human nutrition.
Jonathan's mission is to help make free science-backed nutrition education available to everyone and reduce our dependence on pharmaceutical drugs. Jonathan has been seen on Fox TV, Forbes, Ultra Running Magazine, Runner's World and Organic Authority.
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i Carracosa JM, Floriach N, Sala E, Aguilera J. Increase in Minimal Erythemal Dose Following Oral Administration of an Antioxidant Complex Based on Carotenoids: Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2017; epub
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