Most of us spend as much time as we can soaking up the “Sunshine Vitamin” during the summer months. Be sure you practice good skin health by using sunscreen correctly and eating nutritious foods that may help your body create a protective barrier from the sun.
- Protect your skin from ultraviolet rays by using sunscreen if you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time. To cover your entire body, you’ll need enough lotion to fill a one-ounce shot glass at least once.
- Find an all-day moisturizer with sunscreen and use it every day, even when you’re not going to be outside much. And, don’t forget the SPF lip balm.
- Sip on at least four cups of green tea each day. The polyphenols (antioxidants) have been found to repair damaged DNA and stimulate your immune system.
- Nosh on foods rich in linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid, including safflower, grapeseed, sunflower and corn oils, as well as green leafy veggies, flaxseed and cold-water fish. You should also minimize your intake of phosphates, which are found in soft drinks, processed meats (most hotdogs and brats) and cheeses.