Caring for your skin under the sun

June 01, 2011 | Jeff Konchalski

Keeping your skin healthy in the summer months is much more than simply applying sunscreen.  It’s a matter of hydration, diet, supplements, and a dose of simple common sense.

Stay hydrated!  A quick and dirty rule is to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, then drink 75 ounces of water daily.  A simple way to stay hydrated is to drink on 8oz glass of water before every meal.  Right there, you’r up to 64oz.  Green tea also hydrates and promotes SPF protection.

Eat plenty of high antioxident foods.  These are generally colorful fruits and vegetables, including berries, peppers, spinach, grapes, oranges, and kale amoung others.

Step up the vitamins and supplements that promote healthy skin in the summer months, including Vitamins A,C,E, Bcomplex, and zinc.  Supplements that help  moisturize the body include essential fats like fish oil, flax oil, and sea buckthorn oil.

Apply sunscreen if you’re in the sun for an extended period of time, particularly at midday when the sun’s rays are the most damaging to skin.  Treat sunburn with sea buckthorn oil, and/or aloe.

And most importantly, schedule an annual checkup with a dermatologist.


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