I cannot believe I stubbled upon one of the coolest discoveries of my life. My story goes very similarly to most people who write about sunburn. I naturally have a lighter skin tone because of my Irish heritage. Most summers I have a massive burn from a trip to the beach that ends up turning into a light tan but mostly peels off. I am a stubborn individual that refuses to believe that there isn’t a fix to this yearly burn. I have had burns so bad that I developed a few moles with black dots in them that are potentially cancerous. Thankfully my diet has kept me safe and reversed those issues a few times.
Go check out my previous blog “Battle Sunburn Naturally” to understand how this all started. I had gone on vacation for 2 days to a beach and ended up with lobster red skin on my face, shoulders, chest, and back. I have tried time and time again to understand how to protect my body from harmful rays. Some of my research led me down an unsuccessful path to find products to increase the amount of melanin my body produces. After digging and digging I tried a new approach. Now, I swear I have no idea how I stumbled upon this one but I discovered a supplement called polypodium leucotomos which is primarily an extract of a fern found in Central America. After reading this research paper, I was skeptical but willing to try it. This paper explains that if an adult takes this supplement twice a day for 60 days then it prevents sunburn. Sounds strange, I know.
I cannot believe how well this worked. Honestly, I am giddy every time I go into the sun now. Two weeks after taking this supplement I went to Florida with my mom on vacation. I kid you not I had no burn in sight. I only got a little bronzed. My mom, however, ended up with a pretty nasty burn on most of her body that is still bothering her weeks later. Some time after this trip, I made another trip to Miami, Florida. If you don’t know about Florida, let me tell you, it is one of the hottest places in the USA. It is easy to burn and end up with skin cancer after living in this state. Guess what friends, still no burns. My boyfriend with a much darker skin tone than me even burned after this trip.
I don’t know the long term affects of taking this supplement so stay tuned as I keep using it during America’s hot seasons this year. If you are interested in purchasing check out this link.