I have Irish blood coursing through my veins. I have a family ravaged with skin cancer; my mom, my grandparents etc. So naturally I am fearful of the burning star of hydrogen and helium that we humans call the sun.

Not a big problem for most; but for me I also have “bad skin”. I’m allergic to a lot of products out there and have to be careful; if I use the wrong lotion I will have a rash and sunburn. Also I hate lotion; suntan, moisturizer, all of it.  I always forget to put in on and I hate the way it makes my skin feel afterwards. But I’m super white and I get burnt very easily. Hiking? I get burnt. Snorkeling? I get burnt. So if you are like me here are a few natural ways to help you in your struggle to get sexy brown and not lobster red.  Now, the list of food below is backed by scientific data. If you need more convincing a simple google search should bring you to the scientific studies that back up this info. Eating these foods will help prevent sunburn and keep you overall healthy…

  • Omega 3 acids
  • Salmon/shrimp.
  • Tomatoes
  • Green tea
  • Omega 6
  • Wine/grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Broccoli, kale, mustard seeds, spinach

Now if you do overdo it, or get caught without protection, here is a list of unusual sunburn treatments that the pharmaceutical companies would never tell you about.

  • Aloe (of course)
  • Shaving cream (although it’s not natural)
  • Vitamin E (not eating it; actually applying vitamin E oil on your skin)
  • Vinegar (absolutely gross)
  • Cold shower (also helps prevent boners)
  • Baking soda (zero scientific evidence just an old wives tale)
  • Cold milk (helps with the pain they say..yogurt too)
  • Honey (apparently can help heal wounds as well)
  • Oatmeal (anti-inflammatory properties)

The funniest of all protectors from the sun must be the sun itself. Vitamin D can reduce chances of tumor development and reduces sunburn. So I guess you have to fight fire with fire. Last point; to all of our Asian readers, your usage of long sleeves, umbrellas, SPF 60 and of course never going out to the pool or beach until after dinner also works wonders at stopping sunburn.