Summer is the season when you can’t avoid excessive sun exposure; a natural consequence is you suffer skin damage and signs of premature skin aging. You need to address promptly these early signs of aging, in order to forestall appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and uneven skin texture at a later stage.
Staying indoors isn’t the only way to protect your skin from excessive summer heat and sun burn. Given below are a few easy-to-follow skin maintenance tips, which would keep your skin glowing, not only during summer months but throughout the year as well.
1. Go for sunblock, not sunscreen
Better shift to sunblock, even though you might have remained an ardent admirer of sunscreen for years. The sunblock cream/lotion is better and more effective in that it prevents completely UV radiation from reaching your skin, which in turn prevents tanning.
Sunscreen on the other hand contains chemicals, which filter UV radiation and prevent sunburn, but allow skin tanning. And skin tanning is a symptom of skin damage. Furthermore, sunscreen is not usually considered a safe option for your skin due to its chemical contents.
2. Apply vitamin C correctly
You are not entirely correct, if you take oranges and vitamin C pills every day, and feel assured that these are enough to nourish your skin! Topical vitamin C and that too in correct form is recommended additionally to protect your skin from sun damage. Include vitamin C skincare products in your day-to-day skin maintenance regime, to prevent skin pigmentation and to boost production of collagen as well.
3. Apply antioxidants in serum form
Keep an antioxidant serum handy to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. While selecting the serum, make sure it contains certain ingredients like ferulic acid, phloretin, vitamin E and pomegranate seed oil. Daily application of the serum is recommended for your benefit. If you are unsure of selecting the right product, consult an experienced aesthetic medicine practitioner.
4. Take foods and supplements rich in antioxidants
Inclusion of antioxidants in your daily diet, you know, is necessary for you to stay healthy and fit; however, you may not know that antioxidant-rich foods and supplements can, in addition, protect your skin from sun damage.
Antioxidants are quite effective in giving protection against cellular damage, triggered by harmful solar ultraviolet radiation. Include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet, and get protected from skin cancer.
Make sure your daily diet contains more of lycopene, beta-carotene, omega 3 fatty acids, and citrus fruits of orange and pink colors. Also try to increase your daily intake of fresh herbs, spinach and Swiss chard.
5.Take care of dark spots
Dark spots and hyperpigmentation become more pronounced due to excessive heat and UV exposure during summer months.
Also, there are many who suffer dark spots due to some unnoticed health issues. You should get to know what exactly causes dark spots – whether it is summer tan or any other internal health condition. Accordingly you can start a good home care regime to reduce and control dark spots/pigmentation problem.
Remember! Expensive skincare products do not necessarily protect your skin best from sun damage. Make sure you invest in pigmentation serum or vitamin C cream only after consulting a skincare expert.