We all know that applying a broad-spectrum sun lotion can help to protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, but is there more we could be doing to protect our skin from the sun?
Here we explore the advantages of supporting your summer skin care routine with antioxidants.
Antioxidant skin care essentials
Why protect the skin from summer sunshine?
Sunlight may well deliver our daily dose of vitamin D but, without adequate protection, it can damage skin tissue and leave it vulnerable to burning, ageing and even mutation.
Our skin is most vulnerable to sunlight at midday when the sun is at its strongest, during this time unprotected fair skin can become burned by UVB rays after just a few minutes of exposure.
Whilst sunburn causes discomfort, a greater cause for concern is the effect of UVA rays. These longer rays can reach beyond the surface of the skin and are thought to be responsible for producing skin-damaging free radicals known to cause wrinkles, pigmentation problems and skin cancer.
How can antioxidants help?
Free radicals are highly reactive, destructive molecules but the good news is that there is a way to help our skin fend them off.
Antioxidants such as beta carotene offer powerful natural defence against cancer and free radicals. Found in many leafy green vegetables, bright fruits and berries they shield skin fibres from free radical attack to help protect against collagen loss and cell mutation.
Do I need an antioxidant supplement?
Whilst a balanced diet can be rich in antioxidants it is important to note that over-boiling vegetables can cause beta carotene to be lost so it is more beneficial to eat them raw or lightly steamed.
Taking an antioxidant supplement makes getting your daily dose of antioxidants easier than ever but, to ensure optimum antioxidant support, you should opt for supplements containing Astaxanthin.
Considered the world’s strongest natural known antioxidant, it is 10 times stronger than beta-Carotene and mixes with both water and fats, allowing it to be transported throughout the entire body and provide complete protection to every cell.
4 ways to protect the skin with antioxidants
1. EAT YOUR GREENS
If there’s ever a good reason to eat your 5-a-day it’s that leafy dark green vegetables and carrots can be rich in the antioxidant beta-Carotene. Spinach, broccoli, kale and green beans also contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are known to be protective antioxidants.
To help support your antioxidant diet, we’ve developed an Astaxanthin food supplement. Designed to make protecting against UVA easier than ever, simply take 1-2 of our Age Defy + Green Beauty with Astaxanthin capsules daily with food.
2. MAKE TIME FOR TEA
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called Catechins which help protect the skin from oxidative damage. Drinking four cups of green tea daily can help provide protection against free-radicals and has the added benefit of helping to calm any red, sore spots or blemishes. Read more about green tea and acne.
3. APPLY ANTIOXIDANT SKIN CARE
The most damaging effect of UV light is the production of free radicals but you can optimise your summer skin care by applying a serum rich in antioxidants after sun exposure.
Our Hydrating Calming Serum is packed with antioxidant-rich green marine macro algae and penetrates deeper layers of the skin to deliver hydration to deeper skin tissues, help protect collagen, and regenerate, firm and soften the skin.
4. SLATHER ON THE SUN CREAM
All Green People sun lotions are designed to provide broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection. To naturally protect against UVA rays, we use a natural blend of antioxidant botanicals.
This unique blend of Green Tea, Edelweiss, Rosemary and Avocado works together to fight free radicals that can damage the skin and should be applied every two hours. Read more about the power of antioxidants in sunscreen.
Have you added antioxidants into your summer skin care regime? Let us know on social @GreenPeopleUK or ask our friendly customer care team any questions on 01403 740350.