Healthy sun prac­tices to en­sure you and your fam­ily are safe this sum­mer

Ap­ply sun­screen 15 min­utes be­fore go­ing out­side.

Living Now - - Health - Cu­cum­ber

Our skin re­quires sev­eral nu­tri­ents to sup­ply its cells with re­ju­ve­na­tion and turnover, in­clud­ing pro­teins, car­bo­hy­drates, good fats, vi­ta­mins, and min­er­als. Food and plants, in their whole form, con­tain sev­eral com­plex com­pounds with mul­ti­ple bi­o­log­i­cal ac­tions that pre­vent us from the harm­ful ef­fects of UV ra­di­a­tion in ad­di­tion to hav­ing pro­tec­tive ef­fects against free rad­i­cal dam­age, in­flam­ma­tion, pre­ma­ture age­ing, and cancer. Choose nat­u­ral sun­screens that con­tain a com­bi­na­tion of ex­tracts from veg­eta­bles, fruit and herbs as well as nat­u­ral sun­screen oils dis­cussed be­low.

FOOD SOURCES: Aloe vera

Renowned for its sooth­ing and cool­ing ef­fects, the in­ner juice of Aloe vera and Aloe bar­baden­sis leaves have been found to block UVB rays and mois­turises the skin. Aloe con­tains en­zymes that stop sun­burns and ac­cel­er­ate col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. Drink the juice, or ap­ply the gel or fresh leaf be­fore and af­ter sun ex­po­sure.

Green tea

Drink­ing your cup of green tea can be pro­tect­ing you from UV dam­age. Polyphe­nols are pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dants found in green tea that have been shown to ex­ter­nally block UV rays, re­duce skin red­ness, pro­tect against skin cancer, and pre­vent pre­ma­ture age­ing.

Al­monds

Al­monds con­tain the com­pounds flavonoids and phe­no­lic acids, which have been shown to block UV rays and

In ad­di­tion to re­mov­ing eye bags, cu­cum­ber ex­tracts soothe skin burns and are an ef­fec­tive mois­turiser thanks to their high wa­ter, min­eral, and vi­ta­min C con­tent. It also helps re­move dead skin cells and tighten the skin.

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