When you start to get a little bit older… you become a scientist of your own aging process.
Your bathroom mirror is your microscope – especially if you’ve got one of those magnified ones that lights up.
You count the gray hairs… the sun spots… and the wrinkles.
And you try to figure out just exactly WHEN you started to look so OLD!
Premature skin aging can happen to anyone who spends a little too much time basking in the sun…
And every time you don’t wear a hat… or you stay out so long that you burn… can add signs of extra age to your face.
Staying inside… or slathering on chemical sunblock… isn’t the answer.
You need some sunshine to stay healthy!
As you know, your body uses those UV rays to produce its own supply of vitamin D.
So, instead of wrapping yourself up like a mummy… or only coming out at night like a vampire… here’s a way you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Or, rather, get your daily sun… and keep looking young, too!
Defend your skin… without DEPRIVING it
In your search for “natural” sunscreen, you’ve probably NEVER come across one of the most time-tested folk remedies.
It’s most commonly known by its scientific name, Polypodium leucotomos – a Latin phrase that means, in part, “many little feet.”
And that’s exactly what this tropical fern looks like!
Originally from the Central American rainforest, it’s one of the most PROVEN ways to beat back sun-related aging, or “photoaging.”
And that means these little feet could help you kiss your own crows’ feet GOODBYE!
Now, we know from the fossil record that ferns are one of the OLDEST plants on the planet.
They’ve been around for MILLIONS of years – since at least the “Age of Reptiles”!
And this fern in particular is CHOCK FULL of antioxidants… which have been shown to REVERSE the visible signs of aging.
You know what I’m talking about, the fine lines… the discoloration…
But this PHOTOPROTECTIVE herb can also stop those telltale signs from emerging… before they start.
The antioxidants in Polypodium work by INHIBITING the production and release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) triggered by exposure to UV rays.
And chasing away those free radicals can STOP cellular damage… on a genetic level.
It can even block CELL DEATH!
One study showed that Polypodium extract stimulated the production of new proteins in the skin…
Which is like helping your face GROW YOUNGER!
After all, it’s those proteins that fill in those fine lines… keep your face from sagging… and RESTORE elasticity.
And even short-term use of Polypodium has been shown to have LONG-TERM benefits.
That brings us to the elephant in the room…
Safe, occasional, short-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays won’t jack up your cancer risk enough to sacrifice sun exposure (and the vitamin D benefits) altogether.
But sometimes we get more sun than we intend – whether it’s behind the wheel, in the garden, on the links, or at the beach.
And Polypodium can act as a kind of insurance policy in those situations that may be out of our control.
In a 2012 study on mice, consuming oral Polypodium leucotomos supplements SKYROCKETED the number of skin cells that contained a tumor-suppressing protein called p53…
And by a whopping 63%.
All it took was supplementing with it for five days before and two days after UV ray exposure.
With a little advance planning… you could protect yourself from excess UV exposure just a few days before and after your next cruise… outdoor wedding… or family picnic.
And you won’t be BLOCKING the sun from reaching your skin.
You’ll just be leveraging your body’s own natural defenses to shield yourself from the damage that those sun rays can do.
Based on available research, taking Polypodium leucotomos daily appears to be safe for most people.
Dosages may vary, but studies have shown little to no toxicity at 240 mg taken twice daily for 60 days… and up to as long as five months.
In fact, extracts of it have been available commercially for FOUR DECADES.
You can find it as the primary ingredient in oral sun blockers, such as Heliocare, Solaricare, Fernblock, and Anapsos.
However, those brands can be pricey, especially in the long run…
And there’s ZERO evidence that straight Polypodium supplements are any less EFFECTIVE… or SAFE.
Look for them also labeled by their Central American ethnomedical names, “calaguala” and “kalawalla.”
You may also be able to find it as a topical cream – one that actually lets the light in WITHOUT a chemical suit of armor!