Weeeelllll...first of all, I would say time your exposure....build up your tolerance. If you burn easily, i would wear hats or protective clothing before using sunscreen, there are many studies that show that there has been a RISE in skin cancers since the use of sunscreens.
But basically, the health of our skin is a reflection of our health in general
Here's a link to a VERY informative thread re:skin health/benefits of sunlight, etc...read the whole thread, LOTS of good info here:
"European researchers claim they have scientific evidence that UV-absorbing chemicals used in sunscreens and many anti-ageing products may disturb production of thyroid hormone in rats.
However, the researchers said that these effects were prevented when there was an adequate amount of Iodine in the reaction mixture. This effect was also later replicated this effect in rats.
"We need to bear in mind that sunscreens have a beneficial effect in protecting against skin cancer, and so the last thing I'd say to anyone just now is to stop using sunscreens, but less extensive direct sun exposure might be better, too," professor Köhrle added."
" but less extensive direct sun exposure might be better, too," professor Köhrle added."
~ I agree with that ...and, of course, take your iodine, or apply your iodine:)
The skin uses 20% of Iodine in the body...hmmmm wonder what it's doing?