School may be back in, but the sun is at summer strength for another couple of months here in St. Augustine… and most Floridians’ lifestyles keep us outdoors 365 days a year. Unlike friends up North, we need to follow summer sun skincare tips year round!
Summer Sun Skincare
After finding a spot on my temple several months ago, I finally worked up the courage to ask a dermatologist about it. Lots of my fair skinned, red-headed family members have had skin cancer removed; with the appearance of this spot, I was no longer able to cling to youthful ignorance. Thank God I’m in the clear, but this experience opened my eyes to the importance of caring for my skin.
I started going to Jen regularly for facials and she gives me tips each time on how to care for my skin and how to apply the advice my dermatologist gave. I’m summing up a few of her gems in the below post.
Don’t think you’re too young or your skin is tough enough to ignore conventional wisdom… take care of your skin!
“I recommend mineral sunscreens- typically those containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide,” Jen told me. Mineral sunscreens work by sitting on top of your skin (they aren’t absorbed into the skin) and reflecting the sun’s rays. They’re all natural but can be more costly so she has a daily wear favorite and a buy-for-slathering-on-at-the-beach cheaper option:
everyday use: Jen recommends Eminence Organics for everyday use (that link is to Amazon or you can #GoLocal and buy it at Spoiled Beauties Salon!). They carry a large variety of sunscreens from rich to light & have a mineral, powdered sunblock that is also makeup.
beach days: If you’ll need to be reapplying after water activity, hit CVS for a cheaper option. The two mineral sunblocks Jen loves for all day summer sun skincare -are Babyganics and Clear Zinc.
5 Foods that Provide UV Protection for Skin
Did you know your diet can help protect your skin? This is legit and so amazing to me. Eat more of these foods during summer months to help your body operate as it was created to!
tomato: A rich source of lycopene, which is a specific type of carotenoid. Carotenoids are strong antioxidants that help scavenge free radicals in the skin after sun exposure. In plain English, they keep you looking young.
carrot: Another great source of lycopene and carotenoids, carrots can also protect against sunburn.
green tea: One of the best foods for sun protection, green tea leaves are rich in polyphenols. These inhibit carcinogenesis caused by UV-radiation. Drinking green tea helps protect against skin cancer by acting as an antioxidant, preventing immunosuppression, and preventing tumor growth.
fish: Containing high levels of the omega-3 fatty acid, fish helps prevent sunburn. Taking four grams of EPA daily will help reduce sunburn.
chocolate: Besides being delicious, it’s rich in flavanols! Eating chocolate (high quality, dark chocolate like at Claude’s) protects your skin from UV light . This powerful antioxidant also protects collagen and elastin from UV damage. And it makes you happy. Win win!
Obviously, the best way to protect your skin is to avoid the beach and other outdoor activities in the heat of the day and to wear light, long-sleeved UV clothing. But having these additional tools in your summertime toolbox can help you keep your skin gorgeous! THANK YOU to Jen at Spoiled Beauties for letting me share these tips!!