A modicum of sun helps the body make vitamin D. Too much sun, though, can damage skin. If you need protection, researchers have found that you can take herbal supplements that help the body defend itself against being burned by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Studies published in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies shows that several herbal products can cause the body to react to UV rays in a manner that reduces negative effects. Because these herbs can be taken orally and regularly, the research suggests they could act as more effective preventives against skin cancer than conventional sunscreens.
Natural skin protectors include:
Golden Serpent Fern
An extract of the fronds of this plant has been widely studied as an oral supplement for combating the effects of excessive UV exposure. During studies where people were given doses of 480 mg to 750 mg of the extract per day orally, researchers noticed a significant decrease in sun-related skin damage.
Green tea is known to have antioxidant properties that benefit health in many ways. Researchers note that drinking green tea, taking green tea extract and using topical creams made of green tea can all provide moderate protection against UV rays.
This root has a very well-established history of battling immune system weakness. The research indicates that the botanical may effectively boost the immune system, specifically in its role as skin protector, to offset UV damage.
The researchers say that there is still much more scientific evidence needed to fully harness the potential of these and other herbal skin protectants. But keep an eye out for new developments. Experts believe that natural products show promise more impressive than anything conventional medicine has offered for skin defense.