As the daylight hours are longer and the days get warmer, people naturally start to pay more attention to sun protection.
Tips To Help You
This post is providing you with tips on how you can boost sun protection in ways beside your sun cream. These tips replace the need for an SPF Cream. They simply help to boost sun protection in other ways.
Free Radicals Cause Premature Ageing
UV light creates free radicals. Free radical damage causes premature ageing in the form of lines and wrinkles, sagging and an older skin appearance due to collagen and elastin damage.
Antioxidants are needed to neutralise free radicals and limit the damage they cause. This is why it’s so important to have an antioxidant rich diet. Rich in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. Supplementation with certain supplements that boost antioxidant levels can also be helpful. We will look at those further on.
Lycopene is a bright red carotene found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, carrots and papaya (though not in cherries and strawberries). It’s a component that has been researched and shows it can naturally help to protect skin from UV radiation and sunburn. A natural source of sun protection!
Tomatoes and tomato products, such as tomato puree and tinned tomatoes, are the best sources of lycopene. These sources become most available to the body when cooked. homemade sauces, soups, passata, salsa etc would be good to include in your diet. A Hollywood Dermatologist – Jessica Wu, wrote that she actually has a tablespoon of tomato puree a day on crackers to help protect her skin from within – a tip that she passes 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 in your body. When you juice it gives a more direct hit of available nutrients, due to the body not having to process the fibre. However, fibre is essential and helps in clearing toxins out the body. Whether you choose to blend or juice, or both, they’re hugely beneficial in boosting your antioxidant levels.
Green Tea Offers Natural Sun Protection
Green tea can help to protect your skin from UV rays. It contains something called catechins that belong to the family of flavenoids. The catechin that provides the UV protection is called epigallocatechin gallate – EGCG.
It’s widely researched and linked to things such as disease prevention, healthier oral hygiene, anti-ageing for the skin and a much more. So, it makes sense to try and love this brew if you don’t already!
Increasing antioxidant intake via supplementation is a good idea, just be sure to source from a trusted brand. Look out for products that are organic if possible and not blended with fillers or unnecessary ingredients. supplements from Organic Burst are clean and selectively sourced, as are a company called Sevenhills. At Treat the Skin You’re In, we love and provide Pure Elixir. Pure Elixir 01 Smart Age Supplement contains vitamin C, vitamin E and Lycopene. It boosts the level of antioxidants in your body, helping to prevent free radical damage and it also boosts collagen production.
Acai is a rich antioxidant source with many benefits. On a blog by Organic Burst, they recommended taking four capsules a day leading up to and including a holiday. Taking them daily year round though, will give you lots of benefits. You can easily find supplements of green tea if that works better for you than drinking it.
Antioxidant Rich Skincare Products
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 underneath your SPF Cream will increase protection significantly. They will of course also deliver other skin-beneficial ingredients. All products provided on our website are antioxidant rich. Whatever you choose to use – you’re giving your skin a boost of antioxidants. Ultimately they’ll help to protect your skin from possible damage and boost your natural sun protection.