So, as you may know, a couple weeks ago, we were talking about sunscreen.
And how it’s, like, pretty damn nearly impossible to find a really clean, super acne-friendly sunscreen.
Unless you want to spend $85 US on the loveliness that is Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream.
So anyway, there is another alternative to explore. And that’s internal sunscreen.
Namely, it’s the supplement called astaxanthin… I can NEVER remember which order the s or the x or the th go in. Ast-ax-an-thin. Say that five times fast. I dare you.
Basically, astaxanthin is a super duper powerful carotenoid based antioxidant. Apparently the strongest natural antioxidant known to MAN!
It’s actually the pink pigment in salmon, and in shrimp, and also why flamingos are pink because they eat the shrimp… and then, well, somehow this magical pinkness protects from the blazing desert sun. The magical shrimp sunscreen.
Antioxidants. Free Radicals. Synergy.
So anyway – here’s the deal. When the sun hits you, the rays create free radicals in your skin.
As I’m learning, even if you aren’t in direct sunlight, the rays from daylight still create free radicals – just at a slower rate than if you sat in direct sunlight all day.
Free radicals are the actual things that damage your cells and create skin cancer and visible aging. [Read more…]