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How To Stop Sunburns and Skin Cancers With This Proven All Natural Sunscreen

Updated on March 12, 2016
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Robert Morgan "Bobby" is a Holistic Practioner, Master Herbalist, Iridologist, Colonic Therapist, Author and International Lecturer.

Check your sunscreen ingredients. It could be doing more damage than the sun.
Check your sunscreen ingredients. It could be doing more damage than the sun. | Source

No More Dangerous Sunscreens

I know you're going to find it hard to believe, but I am going to show you how you can protect yourself from sunburns and skin cancers, by making a few changes in your diet and taking a couple of inexpensive supplements, during the summer months. If you really want to leave sunscreens and all the downsides associated with them behind, then you have come to the right place.

Sunburns Stress Your Immune System And Damages Your DNA
Sunburns Stress Your Immune System And Damages Your DNA

I Needed Something Better Than Commercial Sunscreens

You've heard the old saying "three strikes, and you're out"? Well, that should describe me when it comes to being the perfect example of a person, who will be getting lots of sunburns and likely ending up with skin cancer.

Strike 1, first of all, my Scottish-Norse ancestry means I'm very fair skinned. Strike 2, I live on an island, where the sun shines more than 325 days of the year. Strike 3, I'm on on the beach every day, that's three strikes, and I'm blistered, right? If you're a betting person, you will put your money on me getting a sunburn on a regular basis unless I slather myself with sunscreens, right? Wrong!

As a cancer survivor, (not skin cancer) I can not use commercial sunscreens, the many adverse side effects associated with them, could further stress my immune system and damage my DNA. So, I have had to find a better, more natural, method to protect myself from sunburn and the cancers associated with it. Today, I can eat a plant-based meal or drink my plant-based sunscreen every morning and not worry about getting a sunburn, or skin cancer.

Many Commercial Sunscreens Contribute To Skin Cancer
Many Commercial Sunscreens Contribute To Skin Cancer

Do Something To Protect Yourself From The Sun

If you feel you don't have time to eat the right foods, or take the supplements that will protect you from sunburns and skin cancer; then I would say it might be better to slather on your favorite sunscreen. Even if the sunscreen blocks your body’s ability to produce Vitamin D and contains chemicals that can damage your DNA, it still recommended by the majority of the medical doctors.

If you decide you don't want to eat or wear your sunscreen; then at a minimum don't forget your shirt, pants, and hat. Remember, it's wise to avoid having the sun burning on any part of your body.

It's Always Best To Eat Your Sunscreen
It's Always Best To Eat Your Sunscreen

The Role Of Diet in Protecting Yourself From Sunburns and Skin Cancers

Yes, you can eat your sunscreen! Especially when it's made up of healthy plant-based foods filled with the nutrients your body needs so that it can withstand the UV rays of the sun. Loading up on foods high in antioxidants, protects your body from the cellular and DNA damages brought on by the free radicals, which are loosed by the ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) coming from the sun. Yes, diet plays the most important part in protecting us from sunburn and skin cancer.

The Chemicals In Sunscreens Can Be Dangerous To People Of All Ages
The Chemicals In Sunscreens Can Be Dangerous To People Of All Ages | Source

The Most Powerful Sunscreen Diet In The World

Ok, first of all, this sunscreen blend beverage is based on research, with real people, who were exposed to the sun for 3-6 hours every day. One group drank an antioxidant-rich drink every day for two weeks while the other group of people did not get the antioxidant beverage. At the end of the testing period, the group who drank the antioxidant-rich drink had 50% fewer free radicals showing up in their blood stream, compared to the group who did not get the beverage. The cool part is that the group that drank the antioxidant-rich beverage did not experience any sunburns!

Antioxidant Rich Sunscreen Beverages Are The Safest Sunscreens
Antioxidant Rich Sunscreen Beverages Are The Safest Sunscreens | Source

Drink This Antioxidant Rich Sunscreen Beverage Every Morning Before Going Into The Sun

  • 2 cup of ripe watermelon ~ Loaded with lycopene, vitamins A, B6 and C, antioxidants and amino acids.
  • Leafy Greens - 1 cup of baby kale, 1 cup of baby spinach, 1 cup swiss chard ~ These leafy greens have been shown to cut the risk of getting squamous cell cancer by as much as 50%.
  • 1 cup of black raspberries or your favorite berry ~ Loaded with antioxidants including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Berries ar inflammation fighters and sunburn starts with inflammation.
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds ~ Full of Omega 3 fatty acids that inhibited the cancerous changes caused by ultraviolet radiation.
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil ~ The saturated fat reduces the inflammatory response (sunburn) after too much sun exposure also increases the time it takes to become sunburned.

Blend at high speed and add pure water and ice as desired. Drink this every morning before going out into the sun. There is no better sunscreen. (Remember start slow with your time in the sun. 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the late afternoon, working your way up to several hours a day if you like.)

Now You Can Enjoy Drinking Your Sunscreen
Now You Can Enjoy Drinking Your Sunscreen | Source

Mid Morning Pick Me Up & Sunburn Annihilator

Nothing brings a smile to our faces like a glass of deep dark raw (cacao) chocolate almond milk. So why not indulge yourself a little, while adding some extra protection from the sun, during the heat of the day.

  • 1 tablespoon dark raw (cacao) chocolate ~ It has 4 times more of the antioxidants phenols and catechins as what is found in green tea. These antioxidants protect your skin from sunburn and skin cancer.
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk - Cow's milk will stop the antioxidant effects of the cacao.
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries or your favorite berries. Just think antioxidants.
  • 1 tablespoon of Erythritol ~ 70% as sweet as sugar without the downsides of sugar.
  • Optional Banana if desired ~ Peel is good to rub on someone else's sunburn.

Keeping Hydrated Helps Ward Off Sunburns
Keeping Hydrated Helps Ward Off Sunburns | Source

Additional Sunburn Fighting Foods and Drinks to Add To Your Daily Diet During The Summer

  • Water: Drink water throughout the day. Keeping your skin hydrated helps to protect your it from the adverse effects of the sun, wind and weather. Be sure to drink plenty of water after coming in out of the sun, to assist in the antioxidant distribution and to prevent dehydration.

  • Tea: Enjoy a cup or two of your favorite black or green tea every day, both are rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are very potent antioxidants. They protect our skin from the onslaught of free radicals that are responsible for 80% of skin aging. A recent study showed Green teas inhibited the growth of skin cancer. "It was found that oral administration of GTPs reduced UVB-induced skin cancer incidence by 35%, tumor multiplicity by 63%, and tumor growth by 55%."

Sunscreen Salads Are Loaded With Anti-cancer And Sunburn Deterrent Nutrients
Sunscreen Salads Are Loaded With Anti-cancer And Sunburn Deterrent Nutrients | Source

Sunburn Protection Salads & Cooked Foods

Vegetable Salad: Make a large veggie-fruit salad for lunch or dinner every day. Base your salad on leafy greens, topped with a combination of carrots, beets, red bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, purple cabbage and throw in a handful of shelled hemp seeds. ~ This salad mix is a powerful sunburn deterrent and skin cancer fighter. Filled with:

  • Powerful combinations of antioxidant based xanthophylls from the greens.
  • Sulforaphane's from the broccoli and cabbage.
  • Carotenes from the carrots and beets.
  • Lycopene from the tomatoes.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids from the hemp.

When all these combine they reduce inflammation, protect your skin from sunburn and melanoma, the deadliest of the skin cancers.

  • Fruit Salad: apricots, pink grapefruit orange, kiwi, papaya, mango, pink guava, watermelon, a potent mixture of fruits combining vitamin C, lycopene and carotene antioxidants. ~ The combination of these antioxidants have been shown actually to reduce the size of skin cancer tumors and to stop sunburns from ever starting.

  • Cooked Foods: Sweet potato with real grass fed butter or coconut oil, cooked beets, Great for carotenoids that activate melanin to protect your skin from UV rays and the oils that will nourish your skin. Try to add in baked sweet potatoes into your meal plans at least twice a week during the summer months.

Supplementing Your Sunscreen Diet With Astaxanthin Along With Vitamins C And D3, Will Give You That Extra Layer Of Sunscreen Protection During Hot Summer Days
Supplementing Your Sunscreen Diet With Astaxanthin Along With Vitamins C And D3, Will Give You That Extra Layer Of Sunscreen Protection During Hot Summer Days | Source

Supercharging Your Summer Sun Program With Vitamins & Suppliments

The following vitamins and supplements are proven to reduce inflammation, support the immune system and protect the skin from UV damage. You may want to add them to your sunburn protection diet.

  • Astaxanthin: Is an antioxidant powerhouse. Recent studies show it's stronger than vitamin C, stronger than CoQ10, stronger than green tea and more potent than alpha lipoic acid. Astaxanthin is the most powerful of the internal sunscreen supplements.

  • Vitamin C: Help supports the immune system, works as an anti-inflammatory, and does an excellent job as a free radical scavenger. Large doses of 2000 mg a day provide a good boost to the sunburn protection.

  • Vitamin D3: Most Americans have a low level of vitamin D. Supplementing vitamin D has been shown to have a protective effect against sunburn and skin cancer.

Some Good Advice To Follow, Even If You Are Not Planning On Being In The Sun This Year

The heat of the summer sun is upon us; it's a good time to inspect our bodies for signs of skin cancers. Most people do not realize it, but skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancers in the America. In fact, skin cancer diagnoses exceed all other cancer diagnoses combined, with about one person per hour dying from skin cancer. Besides these deaths, there are hundreds of thousands of people who permanently disfigured by skin cancer. Most death and disfigurements could be avoided by just doing simple self-examinations on a regular basis.

Check out this easy step-by-step skin cancer self-exam process at http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/early-detection/step-by-step-self-examination

Learning To Recognize Different Skin Cancers Can Save Lives!

Take The Time To Check Your Body For Skin Signs Of Skin Cancer. Do It Yourself Using A Mirror, Or Enlist A Friend
Take The Time To Check Your Body For Skin Signs Of Skin Cancer. Do It Yourself Using A Mirror, Or Enlist A Friend | Source

For All Of You Who Failed To Eat Your Sunscreen

There are many remedies to help alleviate sunburn pain, so feel free to add your favorite remedy in the comment section. I have listed a few of my favorites, but again they are in no way meant to be conclusive.

The following remedies will not stop the damage that the sun has already done to your skin. When you do not screen your body from the UV rays, they will penetrate deep into the skin. Up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes attributed to skin cancer are caused by UV ray exposure. With every burn, you increase your chance of skin cancer.

Try Placing Teabags All Over Your Face When It's Sunburned
Try Placing Teabags All Over Your Face When It's Sunburned
Don't Spend A Lot Of Money On Expensive Teabags
Don't Spend A Lot Of Money On Expensive Teabags

For Sunburned Faces & Bodies Try Tea

Green Tea: The tannic acid that give the tea a bitter taste helps soothe sunburn pain. Green tea bags soaked in cool water make soothing compresses. They can easily be placed on a sun-scorched face and the eyelids. Remove and re-dip the tea bags in cool water every 10-15 minutes.

Black Tea: This remedy, though a little messy provides super fast relief from sunburn pain and n take the redness out within 10 to 12 hours. You will need the following:

  • Six bags of black tea
  • One kettle of hot water
  • One pitcher to hold the cooled tea
  • One soft at least 12X12 cotton cloth
  • Bathtub or shower
  1. Once you have heated, the water pour it into the picture and place the six teabags in and let them steep. Let the pitcher of tea cool. The water should look black before you use it.
  2. Place your pitcher of tea along with your cotton cloth into the tub, or shower.
  3. Get undressed, step into the shower or tub and immerse your cloth in the tea.
  4. Gently rub the cloth over your body and making sure that it's thoroughly soaked in tea.
  5. Once you have thoroughly covered your body with the tea, let it air dry. Do not wipe it off.

You should experience almost complete relief between 6 and 8 hours after using this remedy with the nice side effect of losing the redness associated with the sunburn.

Oatmeal And Aloe Baths Are Wonderful For Soothing Away Sunburn Pain
Oatmeal And Aloe Baths Are Wonderful For Soothing Away Sunburn Pain

Oatmeal Aloe Vera Bath For Full Body Burns

Oatmeal Aloe Bath: This is one of the most comforting treatments you can give to someone who has a high percentage of their body sunburned. You can combine this with the green tea compresses on the face to quicken the overall relief of the sunburn.

Instead of buying expensive oatmeal concoctions, try this:

  • Grind 2 cups of oatmeal in your food processor or blender
  • Add 2 cups of Aloe Vera juice or 1 cup of Aloe Vera Gel and blend into the oatmeal.
  • Pour the concoction into the cool bathwater and then soak for as long as you need. You can always add more cold water.
  • Do not empty the soak water as you can wrap dry oatmeal in a piece of cloth and then soak the tub water, using it to calm and take away the burning sensation for several hours.

Did you find this Article Helpful?

Did you find the information about naturally protecting yourself from sunburn and skin cancer helpful? Do you have any other sunburn remedies, or skin cancer defense protocols you would like to share? Please feel free to comment and share.

Robert C. Morgan

Bobby is the past Health Education Director at CHI. He is a certified Naturopathic Doctor, Master Herbalist, Iridologist, Energy Practitioner, Colonic Therapist, Master Live Food Chef, Author, International Lecturer, Teacher and Cancer "Surthrivor".

Bobby is dedicated to continuing to carry out the work and vision of Dr. Ann Wigmore and all of the souls who have dedicated their lives to love, peace and natural health.

Medical Disclaimer

Any medicinal references mentioned here are strictly for educational purposes based on my research through study, empirical evidence, personal use and herbal lore but not intended as medical advice of any kind. Herbs can be helpful allies in creating and maintaining good health but they can also be powerful medications that should be treated with respect. Used improperly, they can cause adverse reactions or interfere with pharmaceuticals.

This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. It is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

The medical information on this website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Robert Morgan nor Sue Meisheri makes no representations or warranties in relation to the medical information on this website.

Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing paragraph, Robert Morgan or Sue Meisheri does not warrant that the medical information on this website will be constantly available, or available at all; or the medical information on this website is complete, true, accurate, up-to-date, or non-misleading.

You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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Medical Disclaimer

Any medicinal references mentioned here are strictly for educational purposes based on my research through study, empirical evidence, personal use and herbal lore but not intended as medical advice of any kind. Herbs can be helpful allies in creating and maintaining good health, but they can also be powerful medications that should be treated with respect. Used improperly, they can cause adverse reactions or interfere with pharmaceuticals.

This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. It is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

The medical information on this website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Robert Morgan nor Sue Meisheri makes no representations or warranties in relation to the medical information on this website.

Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing paragraph, Robert Morgan or Sue Meisheri does not warrant that the medical information on this website will be constantly available, or available at all; or the medical information on this website is complete, true, accurate, up-to-date, or non-misleading.

You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

      I think I'll just keep my sunscreen on my skin:-)

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Larry, If that works for you then keep on doing it. Something is better than nothing. Thanks for commenting. Blessings.

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      LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

      I was already aware of many of the things you wrote here, Robert. However I know most people aren't.

      Because you've presented the information in such a helpful package, I am sharing this hub. :)

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thank you for sharing. I have worked with so many people who have some idea of what to do, but they need a little reminder, one that might even save their lives. Thanks for commenting and sharing. Blessings.

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      Robin Grosswirth 23 months ago from New York

      Excellent hub! I actually lived a full plant life, but found that my body was lacking some nutrients, only found in protein even though I supplemented, so I added back some animal protein (small amount--chicken, turkey, and fish). I do a green smoothie daily, religiously ). I will follow your hubs.

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thank you for your comment. I was a raw living food vegan, for over 9 years, until I became vegetarian last year. I have just finished a 30 day detox, which included alternate fasting days, Like you, I have also been experiencing some physical downsides to the vegan, vegetarian lifestyle and will be incorporating three ounces of wild salmon 3 times a week, along with 4 ounces of grass fed lamb,beef, or chicken. Blessings.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have been lucky so far. I used to worship the sun, and how I've avoided skin cancer so far is a mystery....but at least now I take care of myself and use protection when working in the yard. Hopefully I wised up soon enough.

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      I know that when I was younger I spent untold hours in the California sun. I surfed almost everyday and I was always getting sunburned. No skin cancer so far at 65. Now I eat my sunscreen and I never get burned. Spend plenty of time in the sun and never need external sunscreen. Thanks for stopping in. By the way love your hubs. Blessings

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      Heidi Thorne 23 months ago from Chicago Area

      Since I'm also one of the Nordic types, I'm in the higher risk category, too. Also have a family history of actinic keratosis and have had some of it myself. So I'm always looking for ways to protect my skin other than icky sunscreens. Thanks for the great ideas! Voted up and sharing!

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      RTalloni 23 months ago from the short journey

      Balanced information in an easy to read format that could benefit everyone. My husband does not know it yet, but he will be reading this soon. :) We grew up on Florida's beaches without protection and have already seen consequences. Thanks for an important post. Pinning, sharing, and planning to look at more of your work. --Oh, what about replacing flax and hemp seeds with chia?

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Ms.Heidi, so good to hear from you. As you already know I am a huge fan of yours. I cannot adequately express my appreciation for how much you have helped me in writing better hubs. I'm glad you were able to use some of the ideas from the article and thanks for voting it up. Blessings, Bobby

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi, Roberta, Thank you for your insightful comments. I hope your husband enjoyed the reading of the hub as much as you did. By the way, you are an exceptional writer and I like to read your comments, on other Hubbers pages as well. As for replacing the flax with hemp and chia, I have a better idea, use all three, like I do in my morning smoothie. By the way, I liked the article you wrote on Flax and how it lowers cholesterol. Blessings, Bobby

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      ologsinquito 22 months ago from USA

      This is truly the very best article I've ever read on this issue, which clears up the confusion about sunshine, which we need. I'd like to show this to my college-age son, who is now mystified as to why his olive-toned skin now burns. It didn't when he lived and home and ate Mom's organic meals. :) I'm pinning this to my natural health board.

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      Sarah Galli 22 months ago from Sicily

      Superb article! Thanks

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Sarah, thanks for your kind d comment.

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      Jean DAndrea 18 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Interesting article - I can see I'll have to improve my use of fruits and vegetables! Like the tip about green tea - it's very refreshing in the heat. Australia, where I live, has just about the highest skin cancer ratio in the world, and I've had two bouts with it. No more if I can help it!

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      Robert Morgan 17 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Blessings Snakesmum. I pray you will remain cancer free. Please remember to increase you the number of green foods you eat and eliminate sugars from your diet. Best to you my friend. Bobby

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