It’s summer, which means one thing: more time outside in the sun. Whether it’s at the pool, on the porch, on a walk, or on the beach, our exposure to the sun’s harmful rays skyrockets during the summer. That’s why skin health and protection during the summer is so important. One natural way to support and protect your skin may be with astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin and Skin Health
Astaxanthin, a member of the carotenoid family, is not considered an essential nutrient: but because of its properties and antioxidant activity, it may provide crucial support for skin health. One natural way to get astaxanthin is through seafood: People who do not eat seafood actually have below the average intake of astaxanthin. Whether it is through diet, through supplements, or through a combination of the two, most research recommends taking 4 to 12 mg per day. Among other things, astaxanthin supports the healthy structure of cellular membranes, meaning it may support skin elasticity and protect against wrinkles.
When it comes to skin health, studies in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (JPSR) indicate that astaxanthin is more effective than vitamin E at protecting mitochondria and cells from lipid peroxidation, which occurs naturally in small amounts in the human body, and eventually causes harm to cells and damage to tissues.
The dangers of sun damage to the skin are well-documented. Excessive exposure of unprotected skin to the sun can lead not only to sunburn, but also to photo-induced oxidation, inflammation, immunosuppression, aging, and even skin cancer. But studies suggest that, administered topically or orally, astaxanthin may serve as an excellent protectant against sun damage.
This is because astaxanthin is a photo-protectant, meaning that it protects tissues against UV-light photo-oxidation. Because UV light has been long-documented to cause oxidative damage to both the eyes and the skin, astaxanthin’s photo-protectant properties may have important applications in both skin and eye protection. Still more research suggests that astaxanthin may protect the skin against ultraviolet (UV-A) radiation.
It’s not just sun protection, though: astaxanthin may also have applications for those suffering from chronic skin ailments such as atopic dermatitis, which is related to seasonal health challenges and the immune system. Initial studies with mice suggest that because of its antioxidant activities, orally-administered astaxanthin (AST) may result in a decrease in symptoms like itching, erythema, edema, excoriation/erosion, and scaling/dryness.
There are many other natural ways o protect, treat, soothe, and support your skin during the summer (and throughout the year). Products from companies like Alba Botanica, Derma E, and Naked Bee can help.
Alba Botanica is a supplier of 100% vegetarian personal care products. Their formulations of plant-based nut oils, herbal extracts, and pure essential oils provide nourishment for your hair and your skin (and they’re always free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, oxybenzone, PABA, nano-particles, DEA, MEA, TEA, PEGs, artificial colors or other potentially harmful toxins).
Try one of their many natural, organic sunscreen options for sun protection this summer, like their popular Sport Sunscreen Fragrance Free SPF 45 sunscreen, or their Soothing Sunscreen Lavendar SPF 45.
For kids’ sun protection, check out their Kids Sunscreen Tropical Fruit SPF 45, with active ingredients of avobenzone, homosalate, octocrylene, and Octyl salicylate; or for a slightly different option, try their Kids Mineral Sunscreen Fragrance Free SPF 45, with active ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. (The latter just happens to be the official sunscreen of the New York Mets.)
Derma E offers eco-friendly natural skincare products that support your skin while helping to maintain its natural beauty.
Derma E harnesses the power of astaxanthin for many of its skincare products, like their Anti-Aging Regenerative Night Cream.
You can also pamper your skin with their many washes, scrubs, oils, serums, moisturizers, and cleansers.
And if you’re looking for ways to protect your littlest one’s sensitive skin this summer, try their gentle, effective Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.
Naked Bee provides natural skincare products with nourishing ingredients and addictive scents, with “all of the good stuff, none of the bad stuff.” That means that Naked Bee products are made from real, clean ingredients — and they never contain parabens, propylene glycol, dyes, pigments, lauryl, or laureth sulfate.
This summer (and year-round) keep the delicate skin on your face safe from the sun with the deliciously orange blossom honey scented Everyday Facial Moisturizer SPF 30. And don’t forget to protect your lips from the sun’s rays, too: Naked Bee can help you with their Organic Lip Balm or their Zinc Lip Balm SPF 15.
How do you protect and treat your skin during the summer?