While we all enjoy the summer sun, it should come as no surprise that too much sun is harmful to our skin. But what happens when we overexpose our skin to the sun and what can we do to best protect our skin from sun damage – from the outside AND the inside!
UV-light causes premature skin-ageing
Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can take a toll on your skin and its underlying connective tissue. UVB rays are usually associated with skin burning; they affect the outer layers of our skin. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the dermis and are most commonly associated with skin ageing – they cause fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. In the face, even up to 90% of skin ageing can be attributed to the harmful effects of the sun.
Signs of so-called “photoageing”
- Pigmentation spots (such as age spots) and uneven complexion
- Wrinkles around the eyes and mouth increase in number and become deep folds, which are also visible without a frown
- Decreased elasticity
- Spider veins, mostly around the nose and chest
How to wear your sunscreen and “eat” it too!
The first measure to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun is of course to apply sunscreen every day!
But what type of sunscreen should we choose?
For this question we turned to experts: »Make sure to include mineral filters such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in the sun protection instead of creamy chemical filters,” explains Azra Secerbegovic, from premium skincare clinic Aspa in The Hague. Mineral sunscreen protections start working immediately after application and are less likely to irritate sensitive skin.
But what is often overlooked is how you can add another layer of protection from the inside: A healthy and antioxidant rich diet can strengthen the body’s natural defense against UV damage. Here is our suggestion what to eat more of during the summer months to prevent future wrinkles and age spots:
Lycopene-rich fruit and veggies: Up the intake of watermelon, papaya, apricots, pink grapefruit, tomato and all red fruits. Lycopene is an antioxidant which can enhance the skin’s natural defense against free radicals, which play an important role in the sun induced skin damage.
Broccoli and leafy greens: Great for preventing and repairing sun damage. In addition to being exceptionally high in essential antioxidants and vitamins, broccoli sprouts are rich in sulforaphane, a compound that helps protect our cells against the ravages of UV radiation.
Dark chocolate or raw cacao: Choose high-grade dark chocolate (made with at least 70% cocoa) to enjoy a skin-soothing boost, high in antioxidants.
Omega-3 fatty acids can boost the skin’s natural immune system and reduce inflammation – a contributing factor in sunburn. Salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, algae/seaweed, flax and chia seeds are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Supplements to get through the summer
Specific nutritional supplements can offer an effective additional layer of sun protection from the inside – especially if your diet isn’t always “perfect”. As such, supplements containing strong antioxidants can help to prevent the photoageing of the skin.
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