Healthy sun practices to ensure you and your family are safe this summer
Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside.
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.
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 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.