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© 2015 by Andrea Metcalf

Summer Skin Secrets

July 1, 2016

 

Sexy Skin Is Healthy Skin

 

As summer heats up it is important that your awareness for skin protection does too. Just a few unprotected minutes in the sun can have a lifetime of effects. The sun’s UV rays can be a weapon of mass destruction for your skin. As a matter of fact, UV rays are so powerful, they can be used to sterilize and disinfect hospital and other medical equipment. Not only is a sunburn painful externally- the effects internally are what health professionals find alarming. A sunburn is the repercussion of your skin cells’ DNA being damaged by the sun and them killing themselves so they don’t turn into cancer. Protect your skin both inside and out with these simple tips for those irresistible beach days. 

 

  • Timing is Everything. UV’s highest rays are between the hours of 12-4PM. Consequently,your skin is most vulnerable during these peak hours, which is why it is extremely important to limit your sun exposure during these times. Remember to load up the sun screen and take 10-15 minute breaks in a cool, shaded spot throughout the afternoon. 

 

  •  Ditch the Oil.  Lathering the oil throughout your sunshine session instead of sunscreen can promote health problems- like skin cancer! Try a natural glow after-sun lotion, or cocoa-butter, in the evening to maximize your bronze without damaging your skin! 

 

  •  Bask in Omega-3. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a study that found significant benefits of Omega 3- especially within the skin. The study has been shown to reduce traces of sun damage as well as sunlight-induced suppression of the immune system. Omega-3 is an important asset to your diet- fish oil supplements, olive oil and salmon are all fantastic sources of this fatty acid. 

 

With these tips in mind, load up the beach bag with the essentials to keep your skin youthful and healthy! 

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