Sun Health


Beta-carotene & Vitamin A

Beta-carotene is found in all yellow, orange, red foods and has been shown to prevent DNA mutations triggered by sun exposure.  Carrots, sweet potatoes and red peppers are therefore essential for your sun protection diet.


Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is essential for protecting skin from damaging sun rays. However, not everyone can convert Beta Carotene into Vitamin A and it might be beneficial to add some foods naturally high in retinol such as cod liver oil and animal livers.


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is important for collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that occur after long term exposure to the sun.

Foods rich in vitamin C are citrus fruits, berries, broccoli and culinary herbs like parsley and basil.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a potent anti-oxidant that is clinically proven to protect us from the sun’s harmful rays.  Vitamin E also supports skin health by replacing lost moisture and alleviating dryness, especially after sun exposure.

Foods rich in vitamin E are cold pressed nut and seed oils, oily fish and avocados.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fats contain eicosapentaeneoic acid (EPA) that protects the skin at a cellular level and can help reduce skin inflammation caused by UV rays.

Foods rich in omega 3 fats are oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, and sardines; and nuts and seeds such as chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.


Lutein is a powerful phytonutrient found in dark green leafy vegetables that has been proven in clinical studies to protect the skin from UV ray damage. 




We are inundated with advice to avoid sun over-exposure in order to prevent skin cancer and aged skin.


While this is a true statement that needs to be respected, it’s important to take a balanced approach to our relationship with the sun. After all, sunlight is an important source of vitamin D, which is crucial for healthy skin and bones!


Here’s what you need to know

There are two major rays we hear about, UV-A and UV-B.


UV-A rays are ageing rays that penetrate deep into the skin and are mostly associated with wrinkling and skin ageing.


The UV-B rays are the ones that cause your skin to burn.




Plan of action

It’s important to find a balance that allows you access to the nourishing rays of the sun so that you can synthesise vitamin D, while at the same time being conscious of avoiding overexposure and burning.

  • Enjoy carefree access to sunlight before 10am and after 4pm, when the sun’s rays are less intense.
  • Wear light-weight garments, cotton tunics and a wide-brimmed hat for added coverage, especially during the middle part of the day.
  • Look for sun glasses that offer both UVA and UVB protection for your eyes.
  • Apply natural sun creams : Conventional sun creams are full of potentially harmful ingredients but there are alternatives; many organic oils naturally contain a sun protection factor. Come and learn which ones are best and most suited to your skin. Make a 100% natural sun factor cream for you and your family, it's easy, cost effective and you will know exactly what goes into what you are putting on your skin.

Come to our workshop on Wednesday to find out how to make your own natural suncream.


Date:  27 May 2015

Time:  7.00pm - 9.00pm

Cost:  £25 (includes materials and products to take home)

Booking: here