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Safety in the Sunshine

13 Jul 2022

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Your skin is the largest organ your body has, it protects you and helps to regulate what’s going on inside. Lets face it, during the summer our skin can take quite a battering. With scratches from gardening, mosquito and insect bites and sun exposure it can all get a bit too much. Start taking care of your skin so that it can take care of you.

Vitamins & Food

Olive Oil
Researchers have found that a higher consumption of olive oil (more than 2 teaspoons a day) was associated with 31% fewer signs of ageing compared to people who ate less. About 75% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids, which may play a role in the youth boost. The antioxidant polyphenols in olive oil could also quench damaging free radicals.

Tomatoes
People who ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste daily, along with almost a tablespoon of olive oil for 12 weeks, had 33% more protection from sunburn compared to a control group that ate just olive oil, according to a 2008 UK study. The antioxidant lycopene (levels of which are higher in cooked, processed tomatoes) improves skin’s natural SPF. Though it’s not a replacement for sunscreen!

Sardines
Fatty fish is particularly rich in the type of omega-3 called DHA, an anti-inflammatory. Along with salmon, these little fishies can help keep your skin clear.

Green tea
Research shows that people who drank a beverage containing green tea polyphenols daily for 12 weeks had skin that was more elastic and smooth, and had one- quarter less sun damage when exposed to UV light compared to a control group. The brew’s catechins like EGCG (antioxidants) boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin, which delivers key nutrients to keep your complexion healthy, say researchers.

Lotions & Potions

Sunscreen
These are vital for skin
health, as they absorb or reflect some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation and thus helps protect against sunburn.Dependingonthe mode of action, sunscreens can be classified into physical sunscreens (i.e., those that reflect the sunlight) or chemical sunscreens (i.e., those that absorb the UV light). Health organisations recommend the use of sunscreen because it aids in the prevention of skin cancers. Many sunscreens do not block UVA radiation, which does not primarily cause sunburn but can increase the rate of cancers. The use of broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreens can address this concern. Diligent use of sunscreen can also slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.

Moisturisers
These can play a key role in both adding water to the skin and keeping it hydrated. In order to help keep water in the skin, moisturisers contain substances called humectants. These are substances that are capable of attracting water and help to conserve the water in the skin. One of the oldest and best examples is glycerin, sometimes called glycerol. This has been the standard humectant for many decades based on its excellent safety record.

In the case of dry skin, the skin cells are being shed too fast. Rather than being shed individually these come off in clumps that look like white flakes. Repeated application of moisturiser increases the watercontentandnormalises cell turnover. This is why it is important to continue using a moisturiser on the skin.

So to keep your skin in tip-top health this summer, be sure to keep it hydrated and protected!

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