How to tan without sunsceeen?

How to tan without sunsceeen?

There's no reason to be afraid of sun exposure and sludge our skin with toxic sunscreen head to toe.

Getting regular sun exposure AKA "tanning" has numerous benefits like hormone regulation, increased Vit D, improved immune function...

But most people don’t get these benefits due to the overuse of carcinogenic sunscreens.

Here is your guide on how to tan without sunscreen.

Our ancestors never used sunscreen & they were not afraid of the sun. Sun was always a source of life & joy for them.

They did something else though - and we should follow their wisdom.

Here are 8 tips on what our ancestors did naturally (and what we should do) to never burn on the sun & soak up all the benefits.

1. Stop eating seed oils

Seed oils from the food you ingest are metabolising in the skin membrane and are oxidising in the sun, causing sunburn.

They also block melanin synthesis which helps to tan.

2. Eat healthy fats

Healthy saturated fats are beneficial for the skin because they help the skin to absorb nutrients and prevent sunburn.

Food rich in cholesterol is especially important for sunburn prevention.

Good, quality eggs, beef, lamb, beef liver, tallow & ghee should be your main priority.

3. Build up your sun tolerance slowly

Sun is beneficial, sunburn is not.

Start to build up your sun tolerance slowly and increase the time on the sun as you progress. Start with shorter periods in the sun (5-10 min per day) and increase as you build up a tolerance.

4. Morning and evening sun

Sunlight in the morning & evening has unique health benefits and can help our skin to build up sun tolerance over time.

Start by tanning in the morning before 11 am and evening after 5 pm. Start with 20-30 min and increase over time.

The morning sun contains different UV rays than the mid-day sun like UV-A and IR-A. Exposure to these UV rays triggers melatonin production, regulates circadian rhythm and prepares our skin for midday sun exposure.

5. Don't use sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses blocks the production of MSH (Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormones) which stimulates melanin production.

Wearing sunglasses will increase the chance of sunburn. Especially important, start your day in the morning sun without sunglasses to regulate your melanin production.

Once your eyes get the signal to produce melanin it’s much harder to burn on the sun as we have a natural protection our body created based on this signal.

6. Avoid mid-day sun

Rarely anywhere in the world are people spending time in the midday sun without some kind of covering.

But because of our busy lifestyles, we decided to disrespect the sun and expect no sunburn in return.

Doesn’t work like that!

7. Vitamins A & E are your friends

Vitamin A and beta carotene help to absorb UV rays and protect against damage. Beta carotene and topical carotenoids can also help to boost melanin production in the upper layer of the skin. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant that protects against damage.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can stop or reverse the damage that free radicals cause to cells in our skin. The body stores vitamin E in the skin in both the outer epidermis and the deeper dermis layers and applying it on the skin means higher protection and reduced inflammation.

Include food rich in vitamins A & E in your diet. Beef tallow, beef liver, red meat, carrots, olive oil, olives and avocados.

8. Supplements

Supplements can also help, consider supplements like astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin is carotenoid with the ability to help skin manage photodamage and it's also a superior antioxidant in protecting against UV damage.

9. Topical route

Use topical olive oil & carrot juice.

Olive oil has been used for thousands of years in sun care. It attracts and concentrates UV rays onto the skin, triggering melanocytes to produce more melanin.

The more melanin, the deeper the tan.

It contains antioxidants, including Vitamin E and polyphenols, which help keep the skin moisturized and protected.

Carrots are a beta-carotene powerhouse, packed with vitamins A and E.

They can help the skin produce more melanin and keep it longer in the outer layers of the skin. This helps to get tan faster and keeps the tan for longer. 

This realization inspired the creation of my Ancestral Tanning Oil.

It is the one product to soak up all the benefits the sun offers, speed the tanning process and gradually increase your ability to stay in the Sun longer.

Inspired by Ancient Greeks and Romans who knew how important the sun is for life and health, I formulated the oil that will make tanning even more effective.

Made from a blend of cold-pressed ancient oils and powered by beta carotene powerhouse - carrot extract, my tanning oil will help you tan faster, and help the skin adjust to sun exposure easier giving you that golden tan of a Greek god.

Sunscreen as a last resort

Sunscreen is not essential and should be reserved for situations where you cannot avoid mid-day sun exposure.

If possible, use other types of protection first.

White clothing and hats, natural shade.

And if needed add natural, non-nano zinc oxide based sunscreen only to areas of the body exposed. Used every sun blocker as a last reserve.

Due to our busy lifestyle sometimes we need this extra protection.

And the last thing we should use is a toxic chemical sunscreen.

That's why I created Tallow Sun Balm.

Made with grass-fed beef tallow and 20% non-nano Zinc Oxide it acts as a physical barrier on the skin by reflecting and refracting UV rays from the skin. It’s powered by antioxidants and beta carotenes from my blend of cold-pressed oils to even further protect your skin from oxidation.

Zero toxic sludge guaranteed!

What to do if I get sunburned?

What if despite all this you still get sun burn?

I got you covered.

Feed and protect your skin after sun exposure with tallow & honey.

Honey is what you need to look for in after-sun care.

It has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties that will calm the skin and reduce inflammation.

Tallow will deeply moisturise and feed the skin. 

Check out my Original Tallow and Honey Balm.

Made from 100% Irish grass-fed tallow and local unheated raw honey it's a must-have in every home!

Works as a daily lotion or face cream too!

In summary, tanning without sunscreen is easy if you:

  1. Avoid seed oils in your food
  2. Eat healthy fats (tallow, ghee, eggs, liver, meat)
  3. Build up sun tolerance slowly
  4. Eat foods rich in Vitamins A & E
  5. Don’t use sunglasses
  6. Respect the sun
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