Who doesn’t want glowing, dewy, tanned summer skin? We’ll admit the sun-kissed look makes us (sea) green with envy. But with the sun’s rays in full swing, we need to take extra precautions to protect our largest organ, our skin, from damage. Sun safety begins from the inside out. Get glowing skin, the healthy and safe way, with our seven summer skin care tips.
Water is the most beneficial ingredient for healthy skin. Drinking lots of water always helps keep skin fresh and dewy. You can also get water from water rich fruits and vegetables like berries or cucumbers. Feeling dry? Carry a mister filled with mineral water and give yourself a refreshing spritz on your face. The minerals help calm skin and make your skin look extra dewy.
2. Sunscreen or Sunblock?
SPF should be your best friend, everyday! Not sure whether to purchase sunscreen, or sunblock? Sunscreen and sunblock do exactly what their names imply. Sunblock actually blocks UVA and UVB rays with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Sunscreen screens and filters these rays, but does allow some to penetrate the skin. If you are going for sunscreen, try to find a broad spectrum formula that contains sunblock as well. Keep some in your purse or gym bag and in the car. Did you know the back of your hands are exposed to sun every day when you are driving? Keep sunscreen or sunblock in your glove compartment or center console and apply to your hands every time you drive. It will be worth it in 20 years!
3. Omega 3’s
Omega- 3 fatty acids, also known as the “good fats”, play a huge role in healthy skin. Omega rich foods like salmon, walnuts and flax seeds help protect the cell membrane. Our cell membrane acts as our barrier to harmful things and influences the cells’ ability to hold water. A healthier barrier creates softer and more wrinkle free skin. Omega-3’s also helps reduce production of inflammatory compounds that contribute to aging.
4. Go Natural
Let your natural beauty shine through by using less makeup on hot summer days. Need some cover up? Try a mineral powder for a clean, healthy look. Heavy makeup can run during the summer months and causes clog pores and blemishes.
5. Get a Sun(less) Tan You don’t need to spend hours in the sun to get that sun-kissed look everyone loves. Spray tans and self tanners are a safe alternative. Try to find a natural or organic self tanner without added chemicals that may irritate skin. Many salons and daily deal sites offer spray tan packages so you can tan all summer long, for less.
6. Get a “Food” Tan
If you have heard you eating lots of carrots can make you tan, it’s true! A study in Britain found that people who are mostly fruits and vegetables had a golden hue that was rated healthier looking that a sun tan. Eating foods high in carotenoids like tomatoes, carrots, spinach and watermelon help give skin that healthy glow because the excess carotenoids are being stored in the fat beneath your skin peak out. Don’t expect to become a bronzed goddess by eating a carrot a day. You need to eat at least five servings of these veggies a day, but by eating these foods, you’re not only getting “tan” skin, but also glowing skin from the added nutrients. Just another reason to eat more fruits and veggies!
7. Vitamin C
Everyone loves a juicy orange or fresh tomatoes in their salads during the summer. These fruits and vegetables not only taste great, but the antioxidants in vitamin C does wonders for the skin. Vitamin C helps the body produce collagen, which adds elasticity to the skin preventing wrinkles. Vitamin C also helps destroy free radicals. Vitamin C creams can also be applied to the face to help protect against wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and discoloration. According to doctors, look for a product that contains 3-10% of vitamin c with either ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid.
Follow our seven summer skin care tips for glowing summer skin, all year round!
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