NudeSpots Guide to Sunscreen – Don’t Sunburn Your Ass
It happens to the best of us.
Happened to me.
Burned my buns.
Rona-lockdown had my ass so pale and pasty.
From pearl white to raspberry red. Your world can go upside down in an instant. Nothing makes sense.
Can’t sit down, can’t wear clothes below the waste, and a fresh coat of aloe vera has to get applied every 23.5 seconds.
And it’s so itchy you’ll be scratching your cheeks for weeks.
The sun can be a tricky mistress. She’ll treat your ass right, seducing you bum-bum with her sweet sun kisses. Have you feeling tingling beyond function.
But you can never fully trust her. No. You don’t pay attention to her for a while and she’ll treat your ass WRONG too. She’ll get mad and roast your cheeks with a blow torch. And act like you’re the crazy one.
I followed the NudeSpots Photodamage Prevention Guide, but sometimes your ass is so pale and pasty and the sun is so hot that you have to bring in extra help.
You gotta bring in the sunblock.
Now I said sunblock, not sunscreen. There’s a difference. I’ll explain.
Ideally, the best sun protection to use is what nature gave you. With the exception of very light-skinned redheads, albinos, and people with rare skin defects – everybody has the ability to increase their sun tolerance and develop more melanin in their skin. The closer your ancestors were to the equator, the more melanin you will be born with, but even most white people can achieve dark tans.
What’s the benefit of a dark tan? It’s literally sunscreen. Humans have been dealing with the sun for a looong time and our bodies are equipped to adapt to sun exposure. We’ve just kinda forgotten that because people hardly go outside anymore.
See the melanin here?
It goes on top of the rest of your skin, like armor.
The more time you spend in the sun, the more melanin you develop and the stronger your sun tolerance is. You can stay outside, for longer, without protection, and not get burned.
The less time you spend outside, the less melanin you will have. You won’t develop it. And if you have a nice tan, but then stay out of the sun for a month – that tan will fade back to white.
If you’re pale, you’re not equipped to handle much sun. You’ll burn fast and easy.
The #1 Cause of Sunburn – NOT GETTING ENOUGH SUN
That’s right. The #1 cause of sunburns is not getting enough sun. Why? Because when you barely spend any time out in the sun you have no sun tolerance, then when on the rare occasion you do go to the beach you fry like bacon.
Think about the average person. They wake up indoors, they get ready for work indoors, they drive to work inside some kind of sheltered vehicle, they walk inside their indoor place of work, they drive home later inside their car, and go back inside their place. 5 days a week. And the weekends probably aren’t much different. And they’re wearing clothes this whole time.
This person has little sun tolerance. They’ll go on their beach vacation at some point and fry like bacon on day 1 and then be suffering with sunburn the rest of the vacation, hiding from the sun like a frightened child.
The #1 Method For Preventing Sunburn – Get some sun, son
Get a little bit of sun, regularly. Ideally daily. Ideally without any kind of sun protection – at least for a bit.
Expose as much of your skin as you can to the sun without any protection. Do this for whatever length of time you feel is safe. The moment you suspect there is any risk for burning – then get out of the sun or bring in the protection.
But so long as you’re a skin type 2 or higher – you can guaranteed handle a bit of unprotected sun exposure. And these sun exposures will create melanin responses, giving you a darker tan, and over time you will be able to handle more and more sun without any burning.
These sun exposures will also increase your vitamin D levels, which has been found to have a significant photoprotective effect.
What sounds more logical?
Utilizing our natural sun protection and adaptation mechanisms in our bodies, evolved over hundreds of thousands of years?
Slathering on a bunch of mystery chemicals you can’t pronounce?
Melanin Vs Sunscreen
-doesn’t wash off
-takes a long time to fade away, and naturally comes back quick
-develops where you most need it
-it doesn’t cost money
-you won’t forget to bring it with you
-doesn’t have to be reapplied throughout the day
-makes you look sexy
-no problem with strange chemicals causing irritations and other side effects
Obviously, I’m not saying don’t ever use sunblock, but it’s important to keep in my mind that your body knows how to handle sun exposure – BUTT not if you let this part of your biology atrophy. Just like your muscles atrophy if you don’t use them, so do your sun tolerance mechanisms.
Sunscreen is literally a billion dollar industry, so don’t count on them to remind you of this.
Sunblock VS Sunscreen
Butt when it comes to preventing your private parts from getting burned – slather on that sunblock. Slather it on GOOD.
Now, remember, I said sunBLOCK and not sunSCREEN.
Why? Because it’s healthier and works better. You want to use that pasty, white sunblock usually marketed for kids. The kind that doesn’t look aesthetic and nobody wants to use.
SunBLOCK literally blocks the sun from hitting your skin. It’s like liquid clothing. It reflects the UV away entirely. It’s made with simple, safe mineral ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide. Zinc and titanium dioxide also do not get absorbed into your skin and bloodstream, but rather just sit on top of your skin until they slowly wash off.
These simple mineral-based sunblocks are meant for kids because all the other ones contain known harmful chemicals or complete mystery chemicals and the producers still have enough conscience to not want these chemicals slathered on babies.
SunSCREENS act differently than sunBLOCK. They filter and absorb the UV, which introduces unique consequences I’ll explain below.
The zinc and titanium dioxide ingredients that make up sunBLOCK are actually the only two ingredients that have been approved by the FDA as GRASE, or “generally recognized as safe and effective.” No other ingredients on the market have yet to earn this recognition, a few have been identified as positively harmful, and the rest are mostly unknown at this point.
(*Important note: for sun protection lotions, “sunscreen” has become the dominant marketing term. Even a lot of mineral-based sunBLOCKS get marketed as sunSCREENS – so you have to take a moment and actually look at the ingredients. Some sunscreens also feature a combination of both mineral and mystery-chemicals.)
Problems with sunSCREENS (as opposed to sunBLOCK)
Potentially Harmful, Sex-Changing Mystery Devil Chemicals
A good rule of thumb in life is if you can’t pronounce it and don’t know what it is – don’t put it in or on your body.
Over the years some of the previously-used chemicals in sunscreens have turned out to be seriously unhealthy and were eventually removed from sunscreens… but not before many, many, many people used them for a long, long time. So you have to take responsibility and research these things because sometimes it takes a long time for authorities to act.
Another problem is that when one of these chemicals is identified and removed from products – the replacement chemical can be just as bad or even worse.
Multiple studies have found that some of these sunscreen chemicals are easily absorbed into your body and then into the bloodstream, urine, and even breast milk. This American study found sunscreen chemicals in 96% of general population urine samples.
(What are the effects on unborn babies?)
Multiple studies have found that some sunscreen chemicals enhance the absorption of other harmful chemicals like pesticides and herbicides through your skin. (Many sunscreens now come with insect-repellant mixed in.)
The majority of sunscreen chemicals are known endocrine disruptors – they interfere with proper hormone functions. This endocrine disruption activity is actually being observed in ocean and freshwater marine life simply due to these chemicals ending up in water from human recreation.
Now maybe some people want to have a sex change, okie dokie, but let me tell you – most women don’t want to grow a penis and most men don’t want their penis falling off. No siree bob.
I like the way I was born just fine and I don’t want some sunscreen taking my pp away and giving me gyno-boobs.
Endocrine disruptors in sunscreens have been linked to fertility problems, reduced sperm quality, increased breast cancer risk, birth defects, and puberty problems including early breast development in girls and underdeveloped testicles in male rats.
Another study on juvenile rat males found that in utero exposure to the sunscreen chemical benzophenone-2 significantly increases the risk of the penis birth defect hypospadias.
This study found that pregnant women with higher levels of the widely-used sunscreen chemical oxybenzone in their urine are at a higher risk of giving birth to babies with the often fatal digestive defect Hirschsprung’s disease.
This study evaluated sunscreen chemical levels in urine samples of 600 U.S. women who had also recently been evaluated for endometriosis. Scientists found that those with the highest urine concentrations of sunscreen chemical 2,4OH-BP had a 65% higher risk for endometriosis compared to women who tested with lower amounts of 2,4OH-BP. This is attributed to the known estrogenic hormonal effects of 2,4OH-BP.
Melanin will not make your pp fall off.
Here are some safe sunblock lotions
Read the ingredients – all of these are mineral and plant based sunblocks. No mystery devil chemicals
Sunscreens may not block UV spectrum equally
Sunscreens are judged by their effectiveness at preventing noticeable sun burning, but very little consideration has been given to the effects of sunscreen on preventing or exacerbating other types of photodamage.
Despite the use of sunscreen rising over the decades, so have melanoma rates – which, we’re told, is supposed to be prevented by sunscreen. So if sunscreens prevent melanoma and sunscreen use has been on the rise, why have melanoma rates also been on the rise?
One problem with sunscreens is that UV is a spectrum of different wavelengths (UVA and UVB) and different wavelengths have different effects on different types of skin cancers. There are also many, many different types of UV-filtering chemicals used in sunscreen lotions and not all of these chemicals block the UV spectrum equally.
There is a big list of chemicals that filter UVA, there is a big list of chemicals that filter UVB, and there is a big list of chemicals that filter both UVA and UVB – but do you have any idea which cocktail of those chemicals are in the sunscreen you use?
Your sunscreen might be blocking UVB, for example, and preventing outer noticeable burning, but maybe it’s NOT blocking UVA (more highly associated with melanoma) and you’re actually incurring MORE inner skin damage.
For this reason, sunscreens can potentially lead to you developing more photodamage and melanoma risk by causing you to spend more time outside than you would otherwise without the sunscreen. Without sunscreen you would be more likely to get out of the sun faster as soon as you start to notice reddening of your skin, but with a sunscreen that blocks UVB more than UVA – you might stay out in the sun much longer and incur more UVA damage as a result.
As some scientists have written, “Sunscreens suppress natural warnings of overexposure to the sun and allow excessive exposure to wavelengths of sunlight which they do not block. Because sunscreens create a false sense of security, more effective measures to reduce sunlight exposure, such as limiting time spent in the sun or use of hats and clothing, may be ignored.”
It’s also the UVB, that most sunscreens focus on blocking, that your body uses to produce vitamin D, which, among many other health benefits, provides a protective effect against the carcinogenic effects of UV.
Sunblock lotions block Vitamin D Production
Now to be fair, melanin also reduces vitamin D production, but even very weak sunscreen has been found to reduce vitamin D production by 95%.
So if you already have good sun tolerance built up, you may want to think about that before you slather on sunscreen all over yourself right away. Do you need it all over your entire body? Do you need it right away? Maybe just put it on select high-risk spots and maybe apply it after a least a little period of unprotected sun exposure so you get the melanin and vitamin D.
Use Sunblock Logically
In the U.S. sunscreens are actually considered to be an over-the-counter drug, so it makes very good sense to use sunscreen like you would a drug – carefully, cautiously, and only as genuinely needed.
Again – I’m not saying don’t ever use sunblock, but most people don’t need to use it the way the sunscreen companies would have you believe. Especially if you develop your own natural melanin sunscreen and especially if you’re naturally darker-skinned.
If your butt is snow-white, you’ll need some sunblock for sure.
If you have hot spots on your body – nose, ears, shoulders – that burn more than other parts, use some sunblock there.
But if you know from recent experience that you can handle two hours of sun exposure in your area without any burning, you might not need a single drop of sunblock.
Some other things you can do to avoid sunburn
Get out of the sun
If you’ve already been in the sun for a good while and you’re starting to get pink – just go home. You already got all the health benefits you could from the sun that day. You got your vitamin D. You got your melanin response. You got your bright light exposure. Just go home.
Or get in the shade. Or go somewhere else indoors.
Use a hat and clothing
That’s right the nudespots blog is saying put clothes on. One of the functional purposes of clothing that brought clothes into existence was sun protection. If your ass is starting to burn, just put some britches on.
A hat will protect your face from burning.
We’re not a cult here and say you should be naked 24/7. Clothing was developed for a reason.
I did an article a while back on a whole bunch of nutrients that have been proven in randomized control trial experiments to protect against sunburn, skin cancer, and skin collagen breakdown.
Many of these nutrients have been found independently to increase sun tolerance by 50%~. No study has done an experiment on what happens if a person were to consume effective doses of all these nutrients at the same time, but I imagine if just one of them alone has a powerful effect then combining them all together must go a long way towards protecting you from the sun.
Dark chocolate has been found to significantly reduce risk of sunburn.
Green tea has been found to have near-miraculous effects on preventing and treating skin cancer.
Dietary collagen reverses post-UV skin collagen breakdown.
Eating tomatoes can cut sunburn risk in half.
And these nutrients have all kinds of other great benefits besides sun protection, without endocrine-disrupting side effects that will make your pp fall off.
B-b-b-b-b-b-ut skin cancer durr durr durr
Skin cancer is not nearly as big of a deal as cosmetic producers would have you believe.
UV exposure absolutely contributes to non-melanoma skin cancer, but here’s the thing about non-melanoma skin cancer…. The survival rate is 99.9%. It ain’t a big deal. You get a weird thing on your nose or ear and a dermatologist cuts it off.
Melanoma skin cancer, on the other hand, does actually kill people, but here’s the thing… melanoma is actually more highly associated with a lack of sun exposure. Purely indoor workers suffer higher rates of melanoma than purely outdoor workers and melanomas are most likely to appear on body parts that receive the least sun exposure.
It also seems to be the case that sensible sun exposure (enjoying the sun, but not getting burned) doesn’t really cause skin cancer. Rather, it is careless sunburning that contributes to skin cancer development. As we always say on this blog – enjoy the sun as much as you can, but DO NOT GET BURNED.
You need to drink water to live, but you can also die from drinking too much water. Make sense?
Here’s a whole article I did just on skin cancer.
We care more about coral than ourselves
It has been estimated that 4,000-6,000 tons of sunscreen enter the ocean every year from washing off of people.
Did you know that tropical beach resorts have been starting to ban most sunscreens? Turns out those mystery chemicals are causing health problems for the birds, fish, and coral.
I don’t know about you, but I think your life is probably just as valuable as some magic ocean rocks. Treat yourself good and pick a sunblock that won’t make your pp fall off
Until next time,
P.S. Ladies, many of these same mystery chemicals mentioned above are also in your cosmetic, perfume, and hair products.
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