Sunburn Swelling: Learn How To Save Your Skin From
Getting outside in the sun is a great thing. It feels good and it’s good for you, like with how sunlight stimulates the production of vitamin D. But sun exposure does carry the risk of sunburn, especially for people with lighter skin, or those who are using certain skincare products or pharmaceutical drugs. To get rid of sunburn Swelling, Sunscreen works for sunburn, but wouldn’t you rather not have to slather on some white lotion every time you go outside for a while? As it turns out, you can eat your way to less sunburn swelling.
Eat Astaxanthin to Defend Against Sunburn
What is Astaxanthin? Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant created primarily in a particular species of algae, Haematococcus Pluvialis. The compound is a type of carotenoid, the same chemical family that includes beta-carotene, and has an intense red hue. Carotenoids like astaxanthin are what gives salmon and flamingos their pinkish colour. Like other antioxidants, astaxanthin has a range of benefits – like reducing inflammation and pain – and because it’s fat-soluble and accumulates in the skin from oral consumption, it seems to be especially useful for protection against sun damage. (And some people report that it reduces their wrinkles and other markers of ageing skin.) I have used astaxanthin in pill form and can personally attest to its sunburn-defending property. I like to take it regularly during the summer when the sun is more intense, and I spend more time outdoors, so I don’t have to worry about sunscreen as much.
To get it in your diet, you can make a point to eat foods that are rich in it or supplement with pills. Astaxanthin-rich foods include wild salmon, rainbow trout, shrimp, and lobster. (And probably flamingo, too, but I doubt you’ll find that at the grocery store). I generally advocate getting as much of your nutrition from food as possible, since that’s what the body is adapted to. Still, you may be inclined to get a supplement for this to get higher doses and make sure that you have it more often. Usually, you’ll find products in the range of 4 mg – 12 mg per pill, and you can pick the potency of your choosing depending on how strong you want the effects to be and what your budget is. There is a range of excellent brands, and I would suggest that you look for products that use natural astaxanthin, as there is some debate about the efficacy of the synthetic variety.
Other Ways to Boost Your Sun Protection
A lot of my recommendations about what fats to eat and avoid to improve acne will also protect against sunburn. This includes eating more saturated fats from plants or well-raised animals, cutting down on your overall consumption of polyunsaturated fats while increasing omega-3’s, and getting plenty of fat-soluble vitamins A and D (like with cod liver oil). Reducing inflammatory foods like refined grains and sugars will also help. And don’t neglect the leafy greens.
Learn more about Astaxanthin and its uses.