Sunday, January 27, 2013

Natural Sunscreen

Research shows some herbs may boost your skin's ability to protect against UV rays from the inside out.

Green Tea
The tea leaves contain an antioxidant, EGCG, that can decrease sun damage when applied topically. Drinking 3 cups of green tea a day increases the ability of blood cells to protect themselves from damage caused by UV exposure, and skin cells may also benefit from green tea.

Pycnogenol
This supplement is extracted from the French maritime pine bark. It inhibits inflammation caused by UV exposure and protects against sunburns.

Polypodium Leucotomos
This fern is rich in antioxidants that can increase the length of sun exposure without burning.

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