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Sunburn

Everyone should enjoysome sunshine but too much sun can spoil the fun--and cause permanent damage to your skin. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Vitamin C and Vitamin E Oral

(short term )
2,000 to 3,000 mg vitamin C and 1,000 to 2,000 IU vitamin E3 stars[3 stars]
Antioxidants may protect the skin from sunburn due to free radical-producing ultraviolet rays. Combinations of vitamin E and C offer protection against ultraviolet rays.
Beta-Carotene
6 mg daily of natural beta-carotene during periods of high sun exposure2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with beta-carotene may help protect the skin from ultraviolet rays and sunburn.
Calaguala
Take 7.5 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight or 1,080 mg of a 50:1 extract during periods of high sun exposure 2 stars[2 stars]
Extracts of PL have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity and have been shown to reduce the burning effect of ultraviolet rays.
Green Tea
Apply a formula containing 10% green tea polyphenols before sun exposure2 stars[2 stars]
Green tea contains polyphenols that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, and studies have suggested that these polyphenols can protect skin against ultraviolet rays.
Lycopene
Take 6 mg daily from a tomato extract during periods of high sun exposure2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have shown lycopene to be helpful in protecting the skin from sunburn.
Proanthocyanidins
1.1 to 1.66 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight per day during periods of high sun exposure2 stars[2 stars]
Proanthocyanidins are a group of flavonoids found in pine bark, grape seed, and other plant sources that may increase the amount of ultraviolet rays necessary to cause sunburn.
Pycnogenol
1.1 to 1.66 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight per day during periods of high sun exposure 2 stars[2 stars]
Proanthocyanidins (flavonoids found in pine bark, grape seed, and other plant sources) may increase the amount of ultraviolet rays necessary to cause sunburn.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E Topical
Apply a formula containing 2% vitamin E and 5% vitamin C before sun exposure2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have found sunscreen-like effects from topical application of the vitamin C and vitamin E combination.
Aloe
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Topically applied Aloe vera is often recommended for soothing sunburn.

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