The cheeks blush and our appearance improves overall. But…what can we do so that our skin arrives prepared for the summer without suffering its damage?
Whether you go on vacation or if you are in the months before summer in which the need to take care of all levels begins to tighten, taking care of your skin beforehand is a wise decision. Not only will you get a better tan, but you will be prepared to face the sun’s aggressions better. Although, first of all, remember that none of the following tips can replace adequate sun protection.
Increase antioxidant intake
Even if you have a good diet throughout the year, before prolonged exposure to the sun, you should increase the amount of antioxidants that you provide to your body. Some of the richest foods in these molecules are fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, kiwis, melon, carrots, broccoli and tomatoes. Be sure to consume a little of each of them throughout the week, it will help you to be more than prepared.
And if you really want to start giving your body a daily shot of antioxidants, matcha is the most antioxidant drink in the world. One cup in the morning with breakfast and another in the afternoon, and you will be consuming 2,768 ORAC units of antioxidants. One cup of matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than a green tea, 53 times more than spinach, 5 times more than Goji berries and 14 times more than blueberries. So, if you combine the consumption of fruit and vegetables with matcha, you will have this need covered and your skin will thank you.
Exfoliating is one of the most necessary and least practiced care techniques. Doing so eliminates the impurities and dead cells that we accumulate in our skin, so that it renews and favors that it can be tanned more quickly and lastingly.
However, do not exfoliate just before exposing yourself on the sun as your skin may become irritated.
You will also remove traces of dirt that the cleaner (which you should not forget at any time of the year) will not have been able to drag. In this way, you will get a much smoother and more uniform skin, and the treatments and creams that you apply will make you much more effect.
Hydrate yourself inside and outside
If you do not already do it daily (which you should), a few weeks before your exposure to the sun it is necessary that you begin to hydrate your skin, at least, once a day. By being more hydrated, your skin will receive the sun’s rays better, naturally accelerating the tan. In addition, hydration will reduce the appearance of spots.
On the other hand, you know you can never forget to drink water. If it is difficult for you to drink two liters a day, try starting with one, and you will see how little by little the body will ask you for more. The simplest way is to establish a routine. When you get home or to work, fill bottle and do not separate from it. Remember that it is better to take small sips than to drink a lot at once.
For some years, the use of oral supplements for sun protection has become popular. Making it clear before anything that in no case exempt from using topical protection, these are pills that we must take once or twice a day (depending on the brand and the composition of them). These contain substances such as beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E, among many others, and help you hydrate your skin from the inside, while protecting you against the appearance of spots.
Depending on what your main need is, ask in your pharmacy which one is the most suitable for you. Normally, they should begin to be taken a few weeks before sun exposure, continue during it and lengthen it a few weeks later so that the tan is lengthened more time.
Following all these tips, you will receive the sun with your skin and body ready. Anyway, we insist again on the enormous importance of the use of sunscreen, both for the face and for the body, and to constantly hydrate during sun exposure. With all this in mind, enjoy the summer!