Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

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Apply Sunscreen Daily

During the summer months, we tend to spend more time outdoors in the sunshine, which makes us more vulnerable to sun damage. Not only can sun damage amplify the look of wrinkles and aging, it can also increase your risk of developing skin cancer. 1 2 Make sure that you protect your skin by applying natural, mineral-based sunscreen every day, and wear lightweight clothing and brimmed hats to help minimize exposure and prevent sun burns.

Use a Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C may help revive skin that has been damaged by the summer sun. 3 Get in the habit of applying a vitamin C serum to your face, neck, and chest every morning for glowing, healthy skin. Choose a natural vitamin C serum with few ingredients, 10-20% L-ascorbic acid concentration, and no chemical preservatives.

Become a Makeup Minimalist

Wearing a lot of makeup in the hot summer sun can cause increased sweating, resulting in clogged pores and acne. Instead, opt for minimal makeup during the summer months. This will help keep your pores clear and your skin blemish free. If you prefer to wear makeup, pick light and skin-friendly options like tinted moisturizer instead of foundation, and choose products with natural ingredients such as mineral pigments, plant oils, and vitamin E. Avoid products with a long list of chemical ingredients.

Keep Your Skin–and Yourself–Hydrated

Drink plenty of water every day, and more than usual on hot days. This helps keep you and your skin hydrated. Drinking water helps to improve skin’s elasticity, making it look and feel smoother and more youthful. 4 Coconut water is a good hydration option that can replenish some minerals lost to sweating as well.

Eat These Foods

Certain foods are beneficial in reducing the risk of sun damage and protecting skin from UV rays. These include foods high in carotenoids and certain antioxidants. 5 6 To help keep your skin safer from the sun’s rays, add more of these foods to your diet in the summer:

For a more comprehensive dietary plan that will give you healthy, glowing skin this summer, speak to a naturopathic doctor.

 

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