The Key to Great Looking Summer Skin

The Key to Great Looking Summer Skin

Author -  Good Health

Summer is synonymous with baring more skin and soaking in the sun, but it isn't the time to relax on your skincare routine. During summer you need to make sure you are giving your body's largest organ extra care as UV radiation from the sun may be harming your skin. Not only does the sun burn, it can also produce damaging free radicals that destroy healthy cells and cause premature aging. Protecting your skin starts with giving it extra care before and after you are in the sun. Be protected this summer by following our three key ways to great looking summer skin.

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Slip, slop slap, and wrap!

We have all heard it before, but the phrase really is one to follow. To be protected from the sun's harmful UV rays we must slip, slop, slap AND wrap. The harsh New Zealand sun means we need to be protected from both UVA and UVB rays; UVA: the long waves that penetrate deep into the dermis, and UVB: the short waves that burn the superficial epidermis. UV rays are harmful any time of year but more so in the summer where exposure levels are higher. Protect yourself and minimise the signs of ageing that result from sun exposure by applying and re-applying a SPF at least 20 minutes before you head outside. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) determines how long a sunscreen will protect you and how long you can stay in the sun when using the product. Multiply the SPF factor by the length of time it normally takes for you to burn without sunscreen (or the normal burn rate for the area you are in). If you start to burn after 10 minutes unprotected, and apply a SPF20 sunscreen, it translates that you can normally stay in the sun and be protected for approximately 200 minutes, or 20 times longer than usual for you. It is important to remember that even with a higher SPF, you must continue to reapply sunscreen as directed for full protection. Even if you are protected with a sunscreen, don't forget to wrap up and protect your skin from sun coming from all directions. Wear a light shirt to protect your shoulders, seek out some trees for much needed shade and opt for a wide brimmed hat that will protect your face, neck and ears.

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Eat your way to great looking skin

The way we eat not only influences how we look and how we feel, but some nutrients can influence how our body reacts to sun exposure, particularly those rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and that are anti-inflammatory. Vitamin C, abundant in stone fruit, berries and citrus, boost collagen production and works as a powerful antioxidant. Beta-carotene, found in carrots and red bell peppers, helps to repair damage that occurs as skin is exposed to UV rays. Want to learn more about how nutrients can help your skin? Read more about helpful nutrients for beautiful hair skin and nails here.

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Stay Hydrated

Great looking summer skin is well hydrated. Although it may be easy to forget amongst added heat and humidity, the skin loses moisture from sun exposure and needs extra nourishment when more time is spent outdoors. Look after your skin from the inside out with plenty of water. Water will help you to feel fresh, keep your temperature down and prevent dehydration and dreaded summer headaches. Not a fan of plain water? Try infusing it with lemon, berries or mint! Boost your skin hydration post sun-exposure by exfoliating away dead skin cells and applying a good moisturiser or oil. Coconut oil (applied post sun-exposure!) makes a wonderful moisturiser, however nutritional oils can also be taken internally to help keep your skin hydrated. Read more about the benefits of nutritional oils here.

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With the change in season and more time spent outdoors, extra steps need to be taken to take care of your skin. But don't be afraid of the sun! Vitamin D is essential for our health and wellbeing and you should make sure you spend time outside during low UV hours to soak up the many benefits. Keep your skin radiating with adequate sun protection, free radical fighting nutrients and plenty of water, for a happy healthy summer without the burn.

 

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The Key to Great Looking Summer Skin

Summer is synonymous with baring more skin and soaking in the sun, but it isn't the time to relax on your skincare routine. During summer you need to make sure you are giving your body's largest organ extra care as UV radiation from the sun may be harming your skin. Not only does the sun burn, it can also produce damaging free radicals that destroy healthy cells and cause premature aging. Protecting your skin starts with giving it extra care before and after you are in the sun. Be protected this summer by following our three key ways to great looking summer skin.

use suncream to protect from harmful rays.jpg

 

Slip, slop slap, and wrap!

We have all heard it before, but the phrase really is one to follow. To be protected from the sun's harmful UV rays we must slip, slop, slap AND wrap. The harsh New Zealand sun means we need to be protected from both UVA and UVB rays; UVA: the long waves that penetrate deep into the dermis, and UVB: the short waves that burn the superficial epidermis. UV rays are harmful any time of year but more so in the summer where exposure levels are higher. Protect yourself and minimise the signs of ageing that result from sun exposure by applying and re-applying a SPF at least 20 minutes before you head outside. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) determines how long a sunscreen will protect you and how long you can stay in the sun when using the product. Multiply the SPF factor by the length of time it normally takes for you to burn without sunscreen (or the normal burn rate for the area you are in). If you start to burn after 10 minutes unprotected, and apply a SPF20 sunscreen, it translates that you can normally stay in the sun and be protected for approximately 200 minutes, or 20 times longer than usual for you. It is important to remember that even with a higher SPF, you must continue to reapply sunscreen as directed for full protection. Even if you are protected with a sunscreen, don't forget to wrap up and protect your skin from sun coming from all directions. Wear a light shirt to protect your shoulders, seek out some trees for much needed shade and opt for a wide brimmed hat that will protect your face, neck and ears.

nutrients can help your skin.jpg

 

Eat your way to great looking skin

The way we eat not only influences how we look and how we feel, but some nutrients can influence how our body reacts to sun exposure, particularly those rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and that are anti-inflammatory. Vitamin C, abundant in stone fruit, berries and citrus, boost collagen production and works as a powerful antioxidant. Beta-carotene, found in carrots and red bell peppers, helps to repair damage that occurs as skin is exposed to UV rays. Want to learn more about how nutrients can help your skin? Read more about helpful nutrients for beautiful hair skin and nails here.

Great looking summer skin is well hydrated.jpg

 

Stay Hydrated

Great looking summer skin is well hydrated. Although it may be easy to forget amongst added heat and humidity, the skin loses moisture from sun exposure and needs extra nourishment when more time is spent outdoors. Look after your skin from the inside out with plenty of water. Water will help you to feel fresh, keep your temperature down and prevent dehydration and dreaded summer headaches. Not a fan of plain water? Try infusing it with lemon, berries or mint! Boost your skin hydration post sun-exposure by exfoliating away dead skin cells and applying a good moisturiser or oil. Coconut oil (applied post sun-exposure!) makes a wonderful moisturiser, however nutritional oils can also be taken internally to help keep your skin hydrated. Read more about the benefits of nutritional oils here.

vitamin D and sunshine.jpg

With the change in season and more time spent outdoors, extra steps need to be taken to take care of your skin. But don't be afraid of the sun! Vitamin D is essential for our health and wellbeing and you should make sure you spend time outside during low UV hours to soak up the many benefits. Keep your skin radiating with adequate sun protection, free radical fighting nutrients and plenty of water, for a happy healthy summer without the burn.

 

The Key to Great Looking Summer Skin

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