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How has your suntanning / sunburning changed since paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I seem to recall reading that people tan rather than burn.

I'm very pale, but I used to neither tan nor burn without an ton of sun. Now I seem to burn more easily (sitting here writing this with a red, burned face).

What are your experiences?

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on May 02, 2013
at 01:08 PM

Zinc oxide sunscreens work by simply blocking light, consumed Zinc does not work in the same way.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on May 01, 2013
at 08:24 PM

I just wanted to add an update to this, since we've just had a slew of unseasonably hot weather. I am sunburn as we speak, so I'm just going to chalk this one up to being a fair skinned being who spent too much time in the sun. :)

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on April 17, 2013
at 03:21 PM

I would assume that the increase in vitamin E and reduction in PUFAs should improve the skin's health in general, including in response to direct sunlight.

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on April 17, 2013
at 03:20 PM

I would assume that the increase in vitamin E and reduction in PUFAs should improve the sI would assume that the increase in vitamin E and reduction in PUFAs should improve the skin's health in general, including in response to direct sunlight.kin's health in general, including in response to direct sunlight.

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D112d09497fca43ce4e68b2300942eca

on April 17, 2013
at 03:37 PM

I take Vitamin D and Astaxanathin, both are protective against UV damage. Eating a low polyunsaturated diet also helps. I use to get sunburns walking to my car! Now I can lay out in the middle of the day for hours! A huge, huge difference. I'm fair skinned, blonde hair, blue eyes, plenty of sunburns as a kid. In my nearly 50 years on this planet I've never been this immune to sunburns.

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:17 AM

I've got a lot of Irish blood. My old pattern went from white to red to polka dot. With a few more burns throughout the season. Since going paleo I rarely burn, sometimes in late spring/early summer. Before I get a decent base tan. I stopped using sunscreen. I just keep a hat and shirt around, if I start feeling crispy.

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on April 18, 2013
at 04:31 AM

'bout the same, actually, I have Mediterranean blood in me, so I'm easy to tan but hard to burn.

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on April 17, 2013
at 05:53 PM

I have dark hair and dark eyes and EXTREMELY fair skin - it sort of startles people - and I have always burned within minutes of even mild sun exposure. AND I design gardens in Los Angeles, so that means I spent most of my life slathered in sunscreen. Since adopting this new way of eating about 6 months ago I stopped using sunscreen daily, and I haven't burned yet. I wear a hat and am aware of how much sun I'm getting (for people with my coloring, skin cancer from sun exposure is a big concern), but the fear I had is gone, and so far no burns. I like my skin tone, but along with allowing food to heal me, I realized that I have to stop seeing the sun as an enemy! I doubt that my skin will ever tan, I'll probably be red and freckle-y I can rock that.

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34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on April 17, 2013
at 04:49 PM

Last summer was my first full summer paleo-style. I wasn't supplementing any Vitamin D, so maybe that played into it, but I still turned lobster red at the beginning of the season. I tan quite easily from there, but all my life I get one major sunburn at the end of spring/early summer.

I've been supplementing vitamin D this year, so I guess we'll see if I burn or not!

I have noticed that last summer's tan is still hanging around. Usually by this time of the year I'm back to looking ghostly, but this year I'm not quite as pale as I would expect. Not sure if this is just a fluke - maybe I spent more time in the sun last summer than usual, or if it's diet related.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

(996)

on May 01, 2013
at 08:24 PM

I just wanted to add an update to this, since we've just had a slew of unseasonably hot weather. I am sunburn as we speak, so I'm just going to chalk this one up to being a fair skinned being who spent too much time in the sun. :)

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on April 17, 2013
at 03:04 PM

My experience has been that I tan much more easily since I've started taking Vit D. However, I have an olive complexion and dark hair which I think is less associated with burning. When I was young I tanned very easily but as I got older I usually burned. Since I've been taking Vit D I rarely burn. People keep asking me where I've been, since I look so dark, but it's been two months since I was in Florida (for one week) and I'm still pretty tan.

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on April 17, 2013
at 02:38 PM

If you burn easily, I recommend a zinc supplement. Zinc protects your skin from the stress of oxidation. Most sunscreens contain zinc oxide.

This has worked for me (no burns, and less sebum production in broad daylight). I can't guarantee anything in your case. I take zinc monomethionine and eat oysters a few times a week.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 02, 2013
at 01:08 PM

Zinc oxide sunscreens work by simply blocking light, consumed Zinc does not work in the same way.

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on April 17, 2013
at 02:24 PM

Sunscreen daily for me unless its very cloudy, the only non-paleo thing i put in/on myself really, i hate the stuff but i hate getting burned more, 'base tan' theory just doesn't work for me, i go pink almost immediately & then develop new sun spots perpetually, im not anymore protected when im tanned, always potential to get more burned, i'd rather be pale & comfortably sit in the shade without taking years off my skin.

I thought i was burning less eating paleo, but its the same as ever really, with solar flares & all that the sun is getting stronger than it was years ago, science has even predicted in the future we will all need sunscreen & sunglasses to protect us, eating different food can only help to an extent.

I generally think pale skin is nicer than tanned, a pretty pasty pale porcelain (and preferably paleo) brunette (tongue twister!) is super sexy but a fake tan or sun damaged skin is a bit of a turn off.

I get my vitamin D from eating lots of sardines, salmon, butter, pork etc... hopefully enough, no suppliments at all here.

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on April 17, 2013
at 02:20 PM

I've never had a problem with burning, I am olive/bronze complexion, with lighter auburn hair and hazel eyes and some freckles. I have worked many years as a farmer, even down south in Southern AZ in the summer and just tend to get darker and darker. I do notice with increased health from a Paleo style diet that I tend to tan very fast in the spring, and that my skin has a better tone in general.

I remember as child and teenager being very green in the winter, when most of my tan would wear out. Now I am more of a rosey color overall, with improved circulation. I also notice extremely soft and resilient skin.

I recommend a skin brush to people, warm(not hot!) showers, not a lot of soap if any, and very mild oils afterwords such as coconut oil, olive oil, dr bronners lotion...if any.

What has been the best for my skin is to adopt a raw, ketogenic paleo diet and focus on the best organic, local, grass fed meats with high amounts of pure animal fat and egg yolks and tons of fresh greens, cultivated and wild. Sound crazy but its the easiest diet ever, clears up tons of issues and frees up a lot of energy and time to enjoy and contribute to other things in life(such as postin here, lol!)

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on April 17, 2013
at 03:21 PM

I would assume that the increase in vitamin E and reduction in PUFAs should improve the skin's health in general, including in response to direct sunlight.

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on April 17, 2013
at 03:20 PM

I would assume that the increase in vitamin E and reduction in PUFAs should improve the sI would assume that the increase in vitamin E and reduction in PUFAs should improve the skin's health in general, including in response to direct sunlight.kin's health in general, including in response to direct sunlight.

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