Sun Protection from the Inside Out

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With the arrival of summer comes short weeks and long weekends. Lets keep our fingers crossed for hot days and cool nights. Now with hot days comes lot’s of sunshine, well hopefully. If you’re like me (Scottish heritage = pale skin = various shades of red when in the sun for too long!) then you’ll definitely want to check out some of my top recommendations to help keep your skin feeling fresh and not like a bad BBQ, red hot and overcooked, in the fun summer months ahead.

Seek out the Shade

This may or may not be obvious but scope out a spot in the shade for your outdoor activity. Time flies and you definitely don’t want to be the one who needs to end the party soon because of heat exhaustion (drink your water). Seek out trees or bring your own umbrella to make shade wherever you may go.

Vitamin C

A powerful anti-oxidant, Vitamin C is essential to help repair tissue and can also help filter out UV rays which may be harmful in large amounts (aka spending all day outside in the hot summer months!). Get some Vit C from natural sources such as papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries (in season), pineapple, oranges (you’re gonna love the recipe I have for you below that incorporates this refreshing fruit!) and more.\

Watch Your Wardrobe

Nowadays you can purchase clothes that are specifically designed to aid against excessive harmful UV rays. Pay attention to the areas that commonly receive a lot of sun such as:

  • back of your neck
  • ears
  • forearms
  • feet
  • lips

Sunglasses are also important to protect your eyes.

Vitamin A

Another powerhouse, Vitamin A is anti-inflammatory, supports cell growth and is key for strong vision. Vit A will support your skin health by destroying free radicals and aiding in tissue repair. Eat your Vit A by including lots of spinach, kale and carrots in your daily diet.

Astaxanthin

A carotenoid is a naturally occurring plant based substance that has properties that are beneficial for good health. This particular carotenoid is particularly gifted at acting as a natural anti-inflammatory. Sunburns are in part an inflammatory response so astaxanthin will help increase the skin’s resistance to both UVA and UVB light when taken orally either through foods such as salmon or trout or when taken in supplement (psst, order supplements direct from my site here) form .

So there you have it, some tips to implement to ensure you don’t help to pre-maturely age yourself by soaking up too much of a good thing. If you do end up getting too much sun then aloe vera gel is my all-natural go-to. Aloe Vera helps to alleviate the discomfort that burns give us by speeding up your bodies own natural healing ability. You can buy aloe gel from the shops or you can use the gel from inside an aloe vera plant if you have one (which you should get if you don’t already have one).

I’d love to know what you do every year to help protect your sun during these gorgeous summer months?


Recipe

Orange Immunity Booster Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup

Pureed Pumpkin

  • 1/2

Banana (frozen)

  • 1/4 tsp

Turmeric

  • 1/8 tsp

Cinnamon

  • 3/4 tsp

Ginger

  • 1 1/2 tsps

Ground Flax Seed

  • 1/3 cup

Unsweetened Almond Milk

  • 1

Navel Orange (peeled and sectioned)

  • 1 1/2 tsps

Maple Syrup (to taste)

Directions:

Throw all ingredients into your blender and blend very well until creamy. Pour into glasses and enjoy!


Resources

https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(98)70537-7/abstract

http://www.cyanotech.com/pdfs/bioastin/batl33.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5295690/

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