The weather is beautiful outside. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you are thinking about going to the beach. Using a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is a must. But, did you know that you can boost your sunscreen by taking two simple vitamins. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Two vitamins have been scientifically shown to protect agains sun damage. They work when either applied directly on the skin, or taken internally in combination with a sunscreen. They are Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Internal Vitamin Protection
Both vitamins have been shown to have additive sun protection when combined with sunscreen according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Vitamin E increased protection against UVB rays, while Vitamin C gave the most protection against UVA rays. How much should you take? According to one study, 2,000mg of Vitamin C and 1,000 IU of Vitamin E each day for eight days was enough to reduce the sunburn reaction.
External Vitamin Protection
In another study, both Vitamin C and Vitamin E applied topically to the skin gave a 4-fold protection factor against both UVA and UVB rays. When the vitamins were combined they had a greater effect on sun protection than either vitamin alone.
So, before you head to the beach, grab some vitamins along with your sunscreen to give it an added boost. Your skin will thank you.
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