Keeping yourself protected with sunscreen is always advisable, but there’s so much more to healthy skin than just looking after it when you’re in the sun - eating the right foods, getting the right vitamins and looking after your health can end up doing wonders and help you get that natural glow all summer long.
When you’re out and about it can sometimes be difficult to make sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions to gain and maintain glowing skin, but with our helpful guide you can find out just how to do that.
1 Vitamin Supplements
When it comes to vitamins for the summer, Vitamin D might be the first one that pops into people’s heads. Whilst you can get this straight from the sun (and if you do, make sure you wear protective UVA and UVB sunscreens to avoid potential damage to the skin later), it’s also possible to get this from the foods we eat or supplements. In fact, despite its name, Vitamin D is actually closer to being a hormone than a vitamin and has a great impact on your body, including those that are beneficial for your skin.
As your skin is constantly replacing cells, the loss must be balanced out by a cycle that is dependant on Vitamin D and takes place is specialized cells called keratinocytes - these account for about 95% of all cells in the skin’s surface and so are vitally important. The continuous replenishment of cells is vital for healthy skin - without it, you may find your skin becomes thinner, and as such is more prone to wrinkles and sagging. Due to this, it has also now been suggested that it has the ability to reduce inflammation caused by sunburn and may even have the potential to lessen the chances of getting skin cancer.
Vitamin E is another vital one for skin care, with the skin actually containing more Vitamin E than any other nutrient. Vitamin E a powerful antioxidant, protecting your skin’s lipid layers from free radicals that might cause ageing, which is especially important in the summer, as it also means vital protection from UV rays. In fact, even after just small amounts of UV exposure, the levels of Vitamin E in your skin will be significantly depleted - that means it’s done its job, but shows just how important it is. It can also boost your skin's natural SPF levels by absorbing UVB light, especially when combined with Vitamin C - vitally important in summer. An added bonus is its possibility of keeping skin hydrated, inside and out, by forming natural barriers around cells to keep them healthy, in turn keeping your skin supple and healthy itself.
Obviously, it is ideal to get most of your vitamins as part of a healthy diet, but supplements can work just as well. Vitamins like E can also be particularly hard to find from foods, and as such may be easier to consume in supplement form. In fact, if you are looking for an all-rounder in terms of natural and skin boosting supplements, you can look no further than the nutrition filled hemp oil. Hemp oil has a multitude of skin-boosting benefits, including the fact that it contains vitamins B, D and E, along with other skin-boosting properties like fatty acids omega-3 and 6.
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Summer should be one of the best times of year to keep on top of our skin-friendly diet, what with all the delicious and nutritious fresh produce around. It is fairly well known that eating high sugar and dairy products can be bad for our skin, and now that the months are warmer, it’s easier to switch up hearty meals for some light summer dishes.
One of the most important vitamins we should be consuming is vitamin C. You can easily get your daily dose through delicious citrus fruits, like oranges and kiwis, but equally from your veggies. You can quickly throw a summer salad together with things like tomatoes, red pepper and kale.
Vitamin C has the ability to promote collagen growth, as well as acting as an assistant in enzymatic activity that directly relates to skin health. Another issue many face throughout the summer months is hyperpigmentation when the sun can cause skin discoloration through the overproduction of melanin in certain areas on the skin. Vitamin C is associated with melanocytes cells that control the skin’s pigmentation, and so consuming it can help to reduce the effects of hyperpigmentation.
Speaking of orange fruit and veg, getting in a healthy dose of carotenoids can be a great way to boost a dull complexion and get the natural sun-kissed glow that you desire when eaten regularly. As it is the carotenoids, including alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, that give the veggies their orange hue, it can be easy to tell them apart. These can include carrots, mangos and tomatoes.
Hydration is the absolute key when it comes to glowing skin, and at no time of the year is that more important than during summer. It’s vital to stay hydrated as that’s what most of your cells are made up of and what helps keeps them from functioning properly, including your skin! Not getting enough water might leave you feeling dry, flaky and more prone to wrinkles. It’s fair to say that some people can find drinking enough water challenging if they’re not in the habit of it. One of the best things to do in this case is to add different sliced fruits (or veggies!) to your water to give it a bit of extra taste. In fact, if you throw in a sliced lemon or orange to your water, you can even eat them afterwards for that extra hit of Vitamin C we were just talking about.
Remember, hydration on the outside is just as important, as we’ll go on to explain.
4 Good Skin Routine
As an avid twice-daily moisturizer I have been consistently shocked in the past to learn just how many of my friends don’t moisturize at all! Lots of people associate moisturizing with the winter months, while its true that your skin can more easily get dried out, especially if they live somewhere humid where it might seem unnecessary in summer. However, I am here to say that it is important all year round.
This can especially be the case for those who shower more often in the hotter months, as (ironically!) water can strip the oil from your skin and leave it dried out. If you’re looking for a natural, and soothing, moisturizer aloe vera is a summertime classic. You can even grow it yourself and just break a leaf off and use the insides whenever you need.
When looking for a facial moisturizer to help you glow, it is important to find one that fits your skin type, which you may find changes throughout the year as the weather does. It is also important to try and never use your body moisturizer on your face, as the skin on your face is much more sensitive and so it could cause a breakout.
Finding a good skin routine can be a lot of hard work because different things work well for different people, but generally making sure you cleanse, exfoliate (once a week), tone and moisturize should ensure glowing skin.
5 Skin Care Products
As mentioned above, finding the right beauty products can be essential to the perfect skincare routine. First of all, you should be making sure that none of your products contains known allergens. A great way to test for this is by using Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database - type in almost any product and it will give you a list of the ingredients in it that might be harmful to your skin or are comedogenic. A good base rule to follow is to try and go as natural as possible and avoid anything with added fragrance or alcohol, as these are normally unnecessary and will end up drying your skin out.
In the name of hydration, it’s also great to look out for beauty products containing hemp, cannabis or CBD. Rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fatty oils Omegas-3 and 6, they have the power to hydrate your skin, at the same time as preventing ageing and acne! What more could you want in a product?
Follow these simple steps and it can be all you need to go bare and fresh-faced this summer to show off your glowing healthy skin.