What you Didn’t Know About Protecting Your Summer Skin

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As the seasons turn and we usher in spring, it’s safe to say that most of us are gearing up for the most anticipated time of the year – summer. 

While most would religiously get their sunscreen on (if you don’t, please do!), there are some other aspects of summer skincare tips that are less known. Here are some of them – simple practices that you can easily include into your summer skincare regime! 

  1. Pile on the Supplements

With sunburn being a very likely occurrence during the summer months, Asthsanthin may just be the very thing you need for your recovery. It is nature’s answer to fighting the inflammation caused by UV light, which normally leads to sun-aging and wrinkled skin.

Research has shown that individuals who have taken 4mg of Asthsanthin a day for two weeks suffer less skin reddening from sun exposure. This strong antioxidant serves as an internal sunscreen. Other natural supplements you can choose to look into are Chia and Flax seeds. These tiny superfood powerhouses are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, perfect for building up skincare protection from within.

  1. Eat More Tomatoes

Containing Lycopene, which has proven to increase skin protection from harmful UV sunrays, tomatoes are a natural way of improving your summer skin. Easy to find and simple enough to incorporate into your diet, who knew that these little household favorites play such an important role in safeguarding your skin!

  1. Dress to Protect

When the temperature gets warmer, we tend to opt for thinner pieces of clothing. With keeping cool holding top priority, we often neglect the fact that thinner clothing leaves our skin susceptible to the effects of UV rays.

Don’t worry, you aren’t expected to be fully covered up in the sweltering heat. Instead, you might want to include hats into your daily outfits, ideally the wide brimmed ones that can provide shade to your eyes and keep your scalp covered. 

Alternatively, look out for apparels that are designed for sun protection. Given the number of fashion companies venturing into this area, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting trendy pieces of clothing that come with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor. 

  1. It’s Not All about the Face

Applying sunscreen on your face is the basic ritual you ought to have when it comes to summer skincare. However, the lips, chest and shoulders are often overlooked yet equally as important. In the case of your lips, since the skin in that area does not have melanin, it is extremely vulnerable to sunburns.

As for the chest and shoulders, they are usually the two parts of your body that receive the most UV light. The lack of sun protection in these areas might possibly result in an acne problem, a common effect of excess exposure to UV light.

~Guest Blogger, Joyce Lee

Two Things You Didn’t Know About Sunscreen

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I know it’s hard to believe, especially after the winter we’ve had, but, summer is on the way, and it’s time to start thinking about sunscreen. But, before you  pick up your next bottle, be sure you know the following:

You May Be Able to Use Last Year’s Sunscreen

You may have heard that last year’s bottle should be tossed, but, that is a clever marketing strategy to buy another. According to Skincare.org, as long as last season’s  bottle was stored in a cool place and you plan to use it before the expiration date, it should be fine. Why? Manufacturers store sunscreen at 40 degrees Celsius with  25% humidity. Stability in this type of controlled environment  for 3 months is equal to 3 years in the typical home environment.

So, unless you  find last year’s bottle in the garage, trunk or glove box of your car, it should be just as effective as it was the day you brought it home.

Get up Close and Personal with the Ingredient List

There are 2 ingredients found in many sunscreens on the market, and each have been very controversial over the past few years. What are they? Paba and Parabens.

Paba is an antioxidant found in Vitamin B, and although it provides a shield that protects the sun’s rays from burning your skin, it has been found to cause photo-allergic reactions including the side effects of acne, blotch red spots on the skin, burning, itching and blistering. Paba is deemed safe for those without allergies to this ingredient, but sadly, there is no way to determine if you have an allergy until you experience these painful symptoms.

Parabens are chemicals used to preserve many cosmetic and skincare products by preventing bacteria and fungus to grow. The downside is parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors. Although there has never been a connection linking these to cancer, it is best to avoid products that contain them.

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