Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Uncategorized

Edible Sunscreen

Fitness

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.

Even though your spring ski trip is weeks away, it may not be too early to start protecting yourself from the sun. A study published in the

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

found that taking supplements of beta-carotene and vitamin E for at least six weeks prior to sunlight exposure helps protect the skin against sunburn. But don’t toss the Coppertone just yet. With effects equivalent to an SPF of only 2 to 3, “the supplementation will provide protection under ‘normal’ conditions,” explains study author Wilhelm Stahl, Ph.D. of the University of Düsseldorf. And skiing, we know, is not normal. “Upon extreme exposure — skiing at quite high altitude, for example — additional protection is needed,” says Stahl. So you still need to slather on the sunscreen.