With summer in full swing, it's our job to protect ourselves and our skin from the suns harmful rays. And although exposure to the sun does have many positive benefits like killing bad bacteria, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, building the immune system, helping depression, providing us with Vitamin D, and of course, a gorgeous glow, it also has some very harmful effects on our skin.
While wearing sunscreen is an obvious solution to protecting your skin, it isn't the only one. We've come up with three different ways you can prepare yourself for a trip to the beach this summer!
No matter what the season, it's always important to keep your skin smooth and moisturized. To protect your skin after sunbathing, moisturize your legs, arms, stomach, face – you name it! – to prevent dry, cracked skin and ensure your tan stays on for as long as possible! You can also apply moisturizer before sunbathing to soak up the sun a little bit easier, giving you a better tan. But don't forget to apply SPF!
To prep your skin for a day at the beach, try exfoliating your skin with a body scrub in the shower. This will remove dead skin and toxins while leaving your skin fresh, soft, smooth and ready for a sun-kissed glow. Once you've gotten rid of dead skin cells, your skin will bronze a lot easier and more evenly.
Despite having its benefits, exfoliating does have its downfalls. When you exfoliate your skin before exposing it to the sun, the layer of skin that protects you from UV rays and therefore a sunburn, is removed. To avoid burning to a crisp, exfoliate only once or twice a week, and choose a body scrub that compliments your skins type and needs. Massage the skin gently when applying the formula, and always follow up with moisturizer to hydrate the skin and leave it soft and smooth!
EXPOSE YOURSELF TO THE SUN PROGRESSIVELY
One of the best ways to prepare your skin for the sun is to engage in numerous short exposures. The first time you go out in the sun should not last for hours and hours. Otherwise, you risk getting a mean sunburn, which could lead to skin cancer.
MAKE SURE YOUR DIET IS RICH IN CAROTENE AND VITAMIN E
Thanks to their antioxidant properties, foods that are rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, such as lycopene, could improve your skin's protection against UV rays. The best sources of Carotenoids are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, broccoli, mangos, apricots, kale, peas, tomatoes and melon.
Vitamin E contained in vegetable oils, almonds and nuts also provides protection from the sun. So don't hesitate to add these sun foods to your menu!