Today is officially summer! And, like most people, I love the summertime.
I used to never worry about applying sunscreen, but after attending esthetician school and being drilled about its importance, I apply a good sunscreen to my face daily.
Just yesterday I was at the beach and watched my friend slather a thick white cream onto her face to protect it from the sun. Even though the sunscreen didn’t absorb that well into her skin, she wasn’t concerned about how she looked in the moment, but rather how she’d look in the long term.
While I believe sunscreen is super important, I also believe protecting skin during the summer goes beyond just applying sunscreen.
Follow these four simple summer tips to maximize your skin’s beauty while also minimizing the sun’s damaging effects.
It’s really drama-free and as easy as A-B-C-D!
Astaxanthin—this unique antioxidant supplement is thought to work as an internal sunscreen, protecting and supporting the skin during sun exposure. Considered a skin beautifier, astaxathin also prevents wrinkles, reverses aging, and helps with energy levels. I order mine from Vital Choice, which provides wild seafood and high-quality antioxidant supplements.
Boost—boosting your hydration during the summer months is crucial in keeping your skin supple and moisturized. Drinking enough water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables will quench your body’s thirst and benefit your skin. But, for even more of a moisture boost, an oxygen-based facial will infuse your skin with hydration, delivering moisture even to the skin’s deepest layers.
Carrot seed oil—this little known and often forgotten oil has been used for thousands of years to tone the skin and prevent it from sagging. When used with a carrier oil, carrot seed oil is thought to contain a high SPF factor, as high as an SPF of 38-40. Use it to boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen, however, do your research before using it to completely replace your “standard” sunscreens.
Diet— your skin’s beauty will only be further enhanced by eating plenty of berries and other antioxidant-rich foods, such as vegetables packed with beta-carotene, green tea, apricots and fish, which help to reduce inflammation ensuring that your skin is protected from the inside out.