Summer is on its way, and usually that means spending more time in the sun. Whether you find yourself lounging on the beach, watching a baseball game or working in your garden this summer, we've got all the information you need to know now to keep your skin healthy and protected.
Before you go
Studies show that getting more antioxidants in your diet can actually protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun. Some of the most effective antioxidants are called anthocyanins, and they can be found in the pigment of dark berries and fruits.
Try adding 1 cup of frozen blueberries to a morning smoothie or bowl of oatmeal. Or make a quick sorbet by blending a frozen banana with 1 cup of frozen berries.
While you're out
Getting a little bit of sunshine is actually good for you — it provides your body some vitamin D and boosts your mood. However, the sun’s rays can be quite intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Use a non-chemical sunblock when you know you'll be outside for long periods of time. Non-chemical sunblocks use minerals to deflect UV rays, while other sunscreens absorb UV rays, creating a chemical reaction in the skin that may be aggravating to sensitive skin types. Look for sunblock that lists only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients.
At the end of the day
If you've sustained skin damage from previous sun exposure, you may want to add more plants to your diet. Studies on compounds such as curcumin (from turmeric), rosmarinic acid (from rosemary), magiferin (from mango), EGCG (from green tea) and many others show that these foods may help slow skin aging from UV exposure.
Instead of relying on salt to flavor your food, try using different spice mixes. Herbs such as turmeric, cumin, rosemary, ginger, saffron, cayenne and parsley are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Mix with healthy fats when cooking, such as avocado oil, to help your body send these protective agents into your cells.
For more information on keeping your skin safe and healthy this summer, visit the integrative care team at Goshen Health.
Posted: 5/16/2016 by
Filed under: healthy lifestyle