I love Summer, I love the sunshine and getting ample amounts of Vitamin D! I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors soaking up the sun. As much as I love the sun an I believe in getting as much vitamin D as possible I know the sun can cause some damage and aging to your skin.
With Summer winding down and Fall around the corner now is a great time to start thinking about reversing some damage that you may have found on your skin over the last few months of daily sun exposure
There are three ways to address and reverse sun damage, through diet, supplementation and topical skin care products.
A few long months of summer sun that can cause potential damage to your skin. Add these foods into your diet and help to prevent sun damage. These foods can help protect against UV protection from the inside out:
Cocoa The ingestion of high flavanol cocoa led to increases in blood flow of cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues, and to increases in skin density and skin hydration. Dietary flavanols from cocoa contribute to endogenous photo-protection, improve dermal blood circulation, and affect cosmetically relevant skin surface and hydration variables. My favorite cocoa is Metabolic Craving Cocoa (GET IT HERE)
Wild salmon This fish is an outstanding source of the antioxidant known as astaxanthin, (1000 times more effective than Vitamin E), which helps to repair damage from UV rays and keep skin radiant and youthful. The omega 3 essential fatty acids in salmon also act as powerful, protective anti-inflammatories. In addition to salmon, mackerel, trout, herring and sardines are also rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids that can protect skin from deadly melanoma and other forms of skin cancer from sunburn.
Green tea Along with strawberries, blue and blackberries, apples, and cocoa, green tea is an antioxidant food high in catechins which also protect the skin from UV damage. The deeper and richer the color, the higher the catechin content. The most powerful catechin is Epigallocatechin-3 Gallate (EGCG) which is 100 times more potent than Vitamin C and 25 times stronger than Vitamin E. Green tea is one of our richest sources of EGCG.
Tomatoes A study, performed in 2001, looked at volunteers who ate 40 grams of tomato paste over a ten-week period. The group was forty percent less likely to experience sunburn when exposed to harmful UV rays. But don’t forget to add a little olive oil to insure absorption of the special skin-protecting phytochemicals.
Watermelon This summer melon is rich in lycopene, making it a great choice to protect your skin from sunburn and possibility of developing skin cancer. Lycopene can prevent UV-induced sunburn. It is rich in the aforementioned tomatoes and tomato paste, watermelon as well as apricots, pink grapefruit and red (not orange) carrots.
Broccoli Sprouts broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, which is linked to increasing the skin’s ability to protect itself from cancer. Broccoli sprouts are the richest source of cancer-fighting glucoraphanin, the precursor of sulforaphane.
Also, Ginger and Turmeric that can be added to your foods. Ginger prevents the breakdown of elastin in the skin, helping to prevent the wrinkles that result from UV radiation. Turmeric, an antioxidant, anti-aging powerhouse, protects collagen—key in keeping your skin youthful and radiant.
Supplements are a great addition to a healthy diet to help the body from the inside.
Omega 3: Omega 3 are anti inflammatory and help to nourish the skin with heathy dose of fat. After constant sun exposure the skin can dry out and cause the skin to lose its glowing supple look and fine lines and wrinkles can appear. Omega 3s will help improve the look of skin from the inside out.
Glutathione- Over time sun expose and especially sun burns can cause damaged cells, glutathione is an antioxidant that helps with cell turnover and helps to make sure cells damaged cells are removed and new healthy cells made.
Niacin or B3 is involved in blood circulation and hormone production helping your skin, eyes, liver and nervous system in good shape. It has has been shown to diminish dark spots and increase collagen production. (Should be taken as part of a B complex vitamin)
Vitamin A- is absorbed in the form of carotenoids or retinol, and is important for eyesight, immune system, cell differentiation and bone grown. Retinoids can also be applied to skin to help with wrinkles, hyper pigmentation and rough skin. (Should be taken as part of a multi vitamin)
Vitamin C- a super antioxidant that is a main player in the production of collagen and helps to fight the signs of aging.
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Sun exposure, hormones, and birth control pills can all lead to visible sun spots on your skin. The aging rays in the UVA spectrum are present from sun-up to sun-down, 365 days a year, rain or shine, and even penetrate window glass.
The final step in helping to reverse sun damage on your skin is to use a topical skin care regime. The products I recommend are Rodan and Fields Reverse regime.
Nutrients to put topically on the skin include Vitamin C, salicylic acid and licorice to brighten skin, fade the appearance of discoloration and reveal a more radiant complexion. Retinol enhances skin brightening while diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Hydroquinone to quickly address persistent discoloration to optimize skin brightening.
Use the Rodan and Feilds REVERSE Regimen until your skin is bright and even toned, usually 2-6 months, then transition to our REDEFINE Regimen for Wrinkles, Pores and Loss of Firmness and our AMP MD System to continue your journey to great skin. Use the REVERSE Regimen to treat the décolleté, neck, hands, and other parts of the body prone to showing signs of sun damage.
You may also add in Micro-Dermabrasion Paste 1-2 times weekly on stubborn brown patches and to boost the REVERSE Regimen results.
Have questions about the above mentioned regimen email me at info@SabrinaSarabella.com