One of the best parts of Summer is spending it outside on the beach, at barbecues and in the pool. Unfortunately, soaking up sunshine and chlorine damages our skin and shows in your complexion in the fall and winter months.
1. Start with the facts.
Sun exposure depletes collagen. Collagen is the glue-like substance that supports and connects tissues and is responsible for firmness, elasticity and protections. The sun makes collagen break down, damaging its suppleness and promoting early aging.
Diets high in essential fatty acids (cold water fish like salmon, walnuts, soybeans, tofu and flax seed) will repair cells and protect from further damage while diets high in antioxidants (whole grains, veggies, fruits and nuts) will repair and protect your skin.
2. Reevaluate your sunscreen strategy.
Sunscreen should be worn year-round. Conventional sunscreens only protect against surface, sun-burning UVB light. To protect the deeper skin layers vulnerable to photo-aging, you need a product that protects against UVB (burning rays) and UVA (aging rays) in your skincare regimen.
Example: use a product containing a non-irritating, chemical-free, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide formula, this broad spectrum solution effectively shields against both UVA and UVB light to keep skin naturally safe.