Summer might be over, but sunlight is not going anywhere: the sun will still rise and set, bathing us with natural light and who says daylight says UV. And particularly UV-A.
The time of year, the type of weather (clouds or no clouds), where you live and where you spend your time (indoors or outdoors) impact the amount of sunlight you’re exposed to, and consequently the amount of UV radiation and the potential damages. The closer you move towards the equator, the higher the levels of UV radiation. And those who think that being inside eliminates risks, they are wrong.
In addition to contributing to premature aging at an alarming rate, the sun is also one of the key contributors to one of the most common dermatological conditions: hyperpigmentation. Thankfully, research is showing that plant-based, topical ingredients can be effective alternatives to well-known, but riskier ingredients such as hydroquinone.
Aside from the well-known broad spectrum sunscreen, antioxidants represent a different path to boost our skin’s defense against UV rays. What are their role? How can we supply our body with antioxidants in order to prevent premature aging?
As the seasons change, the days are getting longer and hotter. Often your skin is not ready for the abrupt transition and the sun exposure that accompanies it. So it’s important to be sun smart, and to start preparing your skin and body with these “5 easy steps to wake your winter skin ”: Get some sun, resurface your skin, hydrate inside and out, steer clear of photosensitive ingredients, and supercharge your body with antioxidants.
Eating nutrient-rich foods, drinking plenty of water and practicing a good daily skin care routine are always going to be your best bets for taking care of your skin. Here’s a few tips for when it comes to enjoying the sun and developing that coveted glow… without the harmful effects.