Here in the UK we have enjoyed some absolutely amazing weather the last week or so with temperatures reaching 28 degrees 🌞
Wouldn’t you agree that when the weather is sunny and warm, you feel so much better? We certainly think so and we have not shyed away from enjoying it to the fullest. Although the sunny weather makes us feel nice and gives our skin a lovely bronzed glow, it also causes damage to our skin. Applying a broad SPF is essential to protect your skin from damage and as sun exposure is the biggest cause of wrinkles, protecting your skin is important if you want to keep your soon) skin looking younger for longer.
Although SPF is essential to protect your skin from the sun, there are vitamins that will help your skin protect itself from within. By consuming these 6 vitamins and minerals on a regular basis you can help your skin to protect itself from sun damage with a side effect of feeling more energised and healthier and who doesn’t want that?!? 😜
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps your skin protect its cell membranes against free radicals and keeps your skin moisturised and supple. Tip ; Combining Vitamin C & E could “reduce the sunburn reaction to UVB irradiation”
Vitamin C encourages and increases the production of collagen in your skin which is essential in order to keep your skin looking plump and youthful. Unfortunately sun exposure has got a negative effect on the vitamin c found in our skin. Studies have shown that even minimal sun exposure can decrease the amount of vitamin c in the skin by 30%! Yikes!
Vitamin B helps our bodies repair and rebuild our skin after damaged caused by internal and external factors such as an unhealthy diet, pollution and excessive sun exposure.
Iron is an essential part of haemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen throughout your body and without having sufficient amounts of iron, your body is unable to transport oxygen as efficiently.
Omega 3 Fatty acids
Healthy fats are so important to your skin and its ability to keep it from becoming dry and flaky. According to recent studies, Omega 3 may also help the skin to protect itself from sun damage.
Theese findings were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Carotenoids which are found in tomatoes, carrots and spinach to name a few can provide important additional protection against the damaging effects of UV radiation. By consuming foods containing Carotenoids on a regular basis you can boost your skin’s protection against free radicals caused by sun exposure in a natural way through your diet. Carotenoids are fat soluble and will be better absorbed better when combined with dietary fat.
Top Tip ; Some research has shown that combining Carotenoids and Vitamin E could increase the skin’s protection against UV exposure.
So there we have it 6 Vitamins and minerals that can really help your skin protect itself from sun damage this summer. Eating these vitamins will not be able to replace a good SPF and being sensible when it comes to spending time in the sun but it can boost your protection against the sun’s harmful rays and certainly will benefit your overall health. If you fancy some quick and delicious ways of incorporating these vitamins into your daily diet then here are some delicious, quick and easy smoothie recipes for you to try 😊