I used to love being outside in the sunshine.
I also was a sun-lover and loved getting a tan. True to my Type 3 nature I spent many summers as a lifeguard so I could get paid to get a tan!
More recently in my life, learning how to take better care of my skin and complexion has become important to me. Using a healthy sunscreen is on my list.
Your skin expresses your true nature.
I teach about this at length in Evening With Carol: Skincare for Every Type. No matter what Type of skin you have, taking good care of it is so important. During this event, I introduced Annmarie Gianni whose skincare line we now offer. I personally use it and it's amazing!
I recently asked Annmarie to share with us her top tips for taking care of our skin while in the sun.
Here are Annmarie's top 4 tips (+ my bonus tip!):
1. Wear protective clothing.
2. Wear sun protective skin care.
Even if you're not planning a day at the beach, wearing sun protection every day is very important. But not just any product...
There are 2 different types of sunscreen products out there: chemical sunscreens and physical sun protections. Chemical sunscreens are those made in a lab with ingredients such as PABA, cinnamates, oxybenzone, and more that can react with the sun’s rays to create damaging free radicals, which may actually increase the risk of skin cancer.
Physical sun protectors are made with ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, natural minerals from the earth that are said to “block” or “scatter” UV rays so they never penetrate the skin in the first place. We have a great physical sun protection lotion called Sun Love.
3. Layer your skin care.
Using other products that have natural sun protection ingredients in them like green tea, sunflower seed oil, sesame, coconut, vitamin E, rosemary, and lavender will create a layering effect.
Some of these ingredients—such as green tea—are high in antioxidants, helping to reverse skin damage as well as prevent it.
We include all of these herbs and oils in our product line, but we don’t emphasize their sun protection properties. Now you know that in addition to moisturizing, hydrating, and nourishing your skin, these ingredients can also lightly protect your skin from the sun.
4. Hydration and Diet.
Yes, this plays into sun damage as well.
If your skin is not properly hydrated you're going to see more wrinkles.
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants will also help protect from the inside out. Carrots and sunflower seed oil are a good source of beta-carotene, which has been shown in studies to help make skin less sensitive to the sun. And studies show that drinking green tea can lower the risk of skin cancer.
Make sure to stay hydrated and include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet every day and your skin will be less damaged and more radiant.
I would like to add an additional tip of my own, which is:
You don’t need a tan to look and feel beautiful!
Put your health first and your skin will thank you. Many women find that their fair skin is beautiful and they don't want a tan.
Remember that loving your skin right now will help you create more balance with it.
Educate yourself to know what works for your skin type and then do what's correct for you.
Your skin will thank you as you grow older and you find it's still glowing with health because you invested in it.
God Bless You,