Fun in the Sun with a Tan

Summer time is approaching, and for many people this means breaking out the sun block.

I was just speaking to a friend who told me that their 18 year old son just got back from the beach bright red like a lobster, despite having used sunscreen. I find it odd that humans have been in the sun for thousands of years, yet it is only now that we are having trouble.

Part of this may have to do with the ozone layer thinning, though I still remain skeptical that the UV rays coming through our atmosphere are that much more potent than they were 400 years ago. All you have to do is climb up into the mountains, and get the effect.

I believe that sunscreen lotions cause more problems than they prevent. Complicated skin problems can arise and in many cases people wind up with cancer because of it rather than in spite of it.

The issue here is this: in the presence of sunlight we create vitamin D, the best protector against cancer, in the skin. Blocking sunlight is stopping the vitamin D production, yet it is adding all kinds of unpronounceable ingredients, some of which are petroleum based.

So what can we do to help ourselves stay in the sun throughout the summer?

Author: Martin Pytela