A funny thing happened to us over the last 30 years or so. We became afraid of the sun. I think because there’s been a ton of marketing done by sunscreen companies. It’s a multi-billion dollar market (about $10 Billion per year right now).
And a funny thing happened to me when I stopped eating grains… I stopped getting sunburned.
It’s been grilled into us (pun sort of intended) that we need to slather on the sunscreen every time we go outside and the sun is shining. But most of sunscreen products are loaded with chemicals that are potentially toxic. They’re also hormone disruptors (you’re probably getting tired of hearing me say that.) But it’s true “... new research by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) reveals that the chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are endocrine disruptors, estrogenic and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.”
Sunshine is important… it’s how our bodies generate vitamin D, which builds stronger bones, helps fight off infections and improves our moods. If you want lots of good reasons, read this article: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-amazing-health-benefits-sun-exposure.html
I know that some people have super sensitive skin and can’t spend much time in the sun. If that’s the case use a zinc oxide sunscreen, not an “estrogenic” sunscreen. Or cover up, or sit in the shade.
Back to my comment on grains and sunburn… I used to burn really easily. I couldn’t spend more than an hour in the sun without burning. And when I did get burned, It would last at least a couple weeks before it cleared. But after I started eating Paleo, I didn’t burn so easily. And when I do overdo it, the burn is gone in a couple days. Now I rarely use sunscreen. When I do know that I’ll be out in the sun for a long time, I use a little bit of zinc oxide sunscreen and I’m good.
So go get some sun. Don’t be afraid of it. Don’t overdo it.