Dreaming of sand in your toes and a refreshing glass of lemonade on the hottest day? Welcome to Part II of our Summer Skin Care Bible.
In Part I, we talked about the importance of sweating, hydrating, protecting your skin and the impact of alcohol.
Today, we are getting deeper into sun protection and the bounty of healing and energizing farm-farm ingredients you should aim to include in your favourite summer dishes.
MINERAL SUN PROTECTION
Sun safety is vital when it comes to healthy skin. No sunscreen completely protects you from the cellular damage and premature ageing UV rays cause, but like we mentioned last week, we highly recommend the use of mineral-based sun protection zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Avoid chemical sunscreen.
Chemical sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate absorb rays in a chemical reaction that dissipates the heat back off the skin.
While some chemical ingredients like avobenzone are generally safe for use, most formulas contain oxybenzone, which has been shown to deeply penetrate the skin and cause hormone disruption and allergies. Chemical formulas often have a high sun-protection factor, over 50, which falsely leads people to believe they have added protection. It mostly protects us from UVB rays and sunburn, but not the more threatening UVA rays that cause more serious cellular damage and skin cancers.
HOW TO USE MINERAL BASED SUNSCREEN
Mineral sunscreens use active mineral ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide. They reflect the sun’s rays like a mirror to protect exposed skin and typically don’t break down as easily, offering greater protection for longer.
Finding a non-nano based formula is ideal with added antioxidants for further biological protection. Even though topical minerals are much more natural and in general safer and gentler than chemicals, you still need to be careful with how they are delivered.
Zinc nanoparticles or titanium dioxide in powder or spray form can be toxic when inhaled so be very careful about the formula that you choose and how you apply the product. Plug your nose and keep your mouth closed as a basic safety starting point. Mineral sunscreens don’t rub into the skin easily and often leave a white film.
And last, but not least, some tips from the Environmental Working Group EWG’s list of what to do to keep your skin safe in the sun:
- Don’t use sunscreen as a tool to prolong your time in the sun.
- Cover up! Hats, shirts and sunglasses are the best protection.
- Avoid sunburn.
- Do not use a tanning bed or sunbathe.
- Protect kids. Early life sunburns are worse, so keep little ones out of the hot sun.
- Pick a mineral-based sunscreen with strong UVA protection.
- Get vitamin D (this may reduce the risk of melanoma).
- Examine your skin for new moles that are tender or growing.
- Ask your primary care doctor how often you should see a dermatologist.
INCLUDING HEALTHY FATS IN YOUR DIET HELPS YOUR SKIN
Oils play a very important role in healthy skin but can also lead to major health and skin issues if too much or the wrong oils are consumed (like canola and highly processed vegetable oils).
It is true that good, healthy fats and oils nourish our skin and body from the inside, which maintains a strong barrier on the outside.
Including avocado, high-quality coconut and extra virgin olive oils, raw nuts, chia and other seeds, wild salmon and chicken bone broth, in your diet helps nourish your skin and body. (Be careful not to overdo “healthy fats” which can burden and congest the liver and make it work even harder than it already does.)
We encourage the consumption of good fats and animal protein (if you choose) to be limited to lunch and dinner only as often as possible. Starting your day with plenty of hydrating fresh summer fruit, vegetables and juices will allow your liver to continue to gently detoxify and give your skin and health the daily boost it needs. The summer is the perfect time to nourish your body with all the healthy vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants that fresh, local produce provides.
So save your “healthy fats” and animal protein for the afternoon – avocado, fresh tomato and basil salad anyone?
Including healthy fats in your favourite summer dishes, is taking the first step in preventing prematurely aged, blemished skin and many other health issues.
With all our Summer Skin Care tips in mind, we hope you enjoy your summer to the fullest while being the best and healthiest version of you.