As the days are more frequently getting sunnier and summer is on the horizon – hopefully including a holiday for you – perhaps abroad, or in the UK ….. either way a blessing, and even better when the sun comes out to play!
We naturally start reaching for the sun creams more. The hats come out more frequently, as do the sunglasses.
I’m not going to get all preachy about wearing an SPF daily….. well maybe just a little. I’ll just say simply, we should wear one daily on our face – rain or shine. However, in the summer we are more exposed and so naturally we start protecting our arms, legs and other exposed areas more. Typically most people will think about protecting their face more too.
Today’s post is to offer you some tips about how to help protect your skin even further from the sun and free radical damage that can occur. These tips do not cancel out the need for sunscreen. They simply help to boost protection.
UV radiation creates free radicals. Free radical damage causes lines and wrinkles, sagging and an older skin appearance due to collagen damage.
Antioxidants are needed to neutralise free radicals and limit the damage they can cause. This is why it is so important to have an antioxidant rich diet, rich in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. Supplementation is also a good idea to boost your levels, as well as using skincare products that are rich in antioxidants.
Basically, antioxidants are vital for healthy, more youthful looking skin.
Lycopene is a bright red carotene found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, carrots and papaya (though it is not in cherries and strawberries). It is a component that has been researched and shows that it can naturally help to protect skin from UV radiation and sunburn. Tomatoes and tomato products – such as tomato puree and tinned tomatoes, are the best sources of lycopene. It is also best available to the body when cooked, so homemade sauces, soups, passata, salsa etc would be good to include. I read a book by a Hollywood dermatologist, she actually had a tablespoon of tomato puree a day on crackers to help protect her skin – a tip that she passed on to all clients.
Juicing and Blending:
Juicing fruits and vegetable, or blending them to make a smoothie, ensures you are getting lots of antioxidants into your body. Juicing gives a more direct hit of available nutrients due to the body not having to process the fibre …. although fibre is essential and helps to clear toxins out of the body – so blending and juicing are both hugely beneficial.
You’re either a lover or a hater it seems …. personally I’m a lover, but I think it is an acquired taste. Green tea can help to protect your skin from UV rays. It contains something called catechins. They belong to the family of flavenoids. The catechin that provides the UV protection is called epigallocatechin gallate – EGCG.
Green tea is widely researched and linked to all kinds of things such as disease prevention, healthier oral hygiene, anti-ageing for the skin and a much more …. it makes sense to try and love this brew if you don’t already!
Increasing your antioxidant intake via supplementation is a great idea, just be sure to source from a trusted brand and look out for products being organic if possible and not blended with fillers and unnecessary ingredients. I buy my supplements from Organic Burst, Rejuvenated (Collagen Shots) and also a company I discovered called Sevenhills. Acai Berry is one I love to take and is a very rich antioxidant source with so many benefits. I recently read a blog by Organic Burst where they recommended taking four capsules a day leading up to and including a holiday ….. although hugely beneficial taken daily year round. You can also easily find supplements of Green Tea if that works better for you than drinking it, and Lycopene supplements are largely available.
Aside from protecting your skin with the all important SPF Cream, using skincare products that are antioxidant rich will boost the efficacy of your sunscreen. Layering a serum such as Vitamin C+ Serum or DNA Serum underneath your sun protection will help to protect your skin further, as well as boosting collagen, firming the skin and fading away sun damage. All of the NCN Skincare products are antioxidant rich, so whatever you use underneath you’re giving your skin an antioxidant boost– which ultimately will help to protect it and keep it healthier and more youthful looking.
Enjoy the weekend!