Does sunbathing/sunlight really cause wrinkles & damage the skin?

by Ulla, designer of Healing Cancer Naturally © 2006

Many articles featured on Healing Cancer Naturally extol the healing and health virtues and benefits of light and sunlight. In fact one of the alternative cancer therapies whose originator claims one of the highest success rates I have heard of, developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig and covered in great detail at Budwig Diet & Protocol actually includes sunlight and sunbathing among the factors essential to healing.

On the other hand, the official mainstream line, repeated wherever one may care to look, maintains that sun exposure will lead to irreversible skin damage, wrinkle formation (and even skin cancer in the worst-case scenario) and that only liberal use of sunscreen will prevent cosmetic as well as other skin damage induced by sunbathing.[1]

For all those concerned by the question of “pruning” ;-) or wrinkle formation, here are some points to consider which speak to a different causation of both wrinkles and other skin damage:

1. Our skin is built from the inside and will clearly (or typically: less than) reflect our nutritional, digestive and "toxicity" status, see the in-depth research results of natural health researcher Dr. F.X. Mayr, M.D. (1875–1965).

Topical application of cosmetic substances typically will be much less effective as a skin beautifier (and when using chemicals likely deleterious) than intestinal and general detoxification and optimising digestion and personal diet.

Various vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential fatty acids etc. seem to exert a strong influence on the beauty of one’s skin.

2. A simple lack of water or dehydration can lead to skin wrinkling. A number of people have reported smoother skin after taking up the “water cure”. There is also a likely link between lack of hydration (and thus proper cellular nourishment and detoxification) and skin impurities (unclear complexion etc.).[2]

3. Additionally see Light supports life-extending factors in “Sensational tests on one-celled organisms: ...results showed without a doubt the ability of certain types of light to not only support cells in repairing their DNA, but also to support life-extending factors present within the DNA. This should be of equal relevance to naturally occurring skin rejuvenation.

4. The question of whether the sun truly leads to skin cancer is addressed in articles featured under Light such as Skin Cancer, Malignant Melanoma & Sunlight.

5. None of the above does imply that in my eyes one should roast oneself in the sun until crisp and well done :-). Like with many things, moderation and balance may be best. See for instance the advice (differentiated according to the individual) given in Edgar Cayce on healing with sunlight.

Concluding advice: With skin wrinkles, first take a good look at your digestion, general diet and water intake and blame the sun in the last instance only. :-) A very hot tip for beautiful smooth skin is applying vitamin E from natural sources (sold in capsule form) on your skin — which is also pleasant after a sunbath.

Furthermore, stinging nettles and dandelion are not only near-panaceas, but also improve skin elasticity and hydration.

And last but not least: what you believe can have a powerful influence on what you experience and on your body, see Mind. So to be physically young, consider yourself young — and allow yourself to be inspired by those who manage to look young at 40, 50, 60, 70 ... it IS doable! In fact I once saw a documentary on centenarians and one of them, a Japanese woman, actually had preserved some sex appeal!

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1 Re sunlight causing skin cancer, the article Sunlight, Skin Cancers & Vitamin D strongly suggests that the increased use of chemical sunscreens could actually be the primary cause of the skin cancer epidemic. Quote: "Recent studies ... have shown a higher rate of melanoma among men who regularly use sunscreens and a higher rate of basal cell carcinoma among women using sunscreens."

2 Compare Greatest Hits: On diet, dehydration & the need to drink water for more on water deficiency and cancer.

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