Posts tagged #sun damage

Eat Your Sunscreen: 5 Foods That Help Decrease Photosensitivity

The sky has opened up and the sun has really been shining down upon the Willamette Valley the last couple of months. Quick! Everyone expose as much skin as possible!!!  Eeeasy there buddy, put your shirt back on, lavishly apply a high quality sunscreen, stay in the shade, and wear a hat. Also... enjoy these delicious foods that give your skin a boost from within, decreasing your risk of burning.  

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1. Citrus fruits.

Vitamin C.  Fight free radical damage with a long term diet high in Vitamins C & E.  Lemon zest is like nature's MSG, a powerful flavor enhancer, and oranges are always a juicy treat.

2. Green tea.

Green is the color of health! The polyphenols in green tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and speed the aging process. Green tea is loaded with anti-oxidants. Matcha powdered green tea has 130 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. One cup of matcha = 10 cups of traditionally steeped green tea in terms of nutritional content.  Green tea also has tannic acid in it, which helps soothe sunburn pain, and antioxidants called EGCGs. A University of Wisconsin study showed EGCGs stopped genetic damage in human skin cells exposed to UV light. 

3. Almonds

Almonds are one the best vitamin E foods. One ounce of almonds offers a delightfully handsome  7.4 milligrams of vitamin E. You can also get your vitamin E in the form of almond milk and almond oils. 

4.  Red fruits & veggies

Eating red helps to keep your skin from turning red. (large servings of red wine does NOT count, rascals!)

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  • Beets
  • Cherries
  • Red bell peppers and hot peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Pomegranates

Include more red in your diet and increase Anthocyanin: Contains antioxidants and powerful anti-inflammation properties for blood vessels, joints and whole body. Lycopene: Contains antioxidants and anti-cancer properties- mostly found in tomatoes, especially cooked. Not a fan of tomatoes?  Watermelon is high in lycopene and has 40% more lycopene than tomatoes!

 5. Turmeric

This lively yellow spice has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine  for centuries due to its  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lab studies report that turmeric can help protect skin cells from the damage caused by UB radiation.  Turmeric can be simmered with your favorite milk, ginger & cinnamon to make a delicious immune boosting golden milk. 

Enjoy your summer days, eat well friends! 

Karen

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5 Skincare Tips to Bring you into the Light

The daffodils are blooming and winter is wrapping up-it's time to think about summer! This is the best time of year for us pale Oregonians to prep our skin for the sunshiny days ahead. I'm so excited even writing this, I think I'll pull my wool socks off and put on my short shorts to keep writing.  Oooweee--my legs are chalky as all get out. 

#1 SCRUB! 
Chill out and have a steam, then indulge in a head-to-toe sugar or salt scrub followed by a massage with Organic Sacred Earth massage cream. The steam helps loosen all the layers of dead skin, then you slough it away with a scrub. Finally, hydration with a delightful 20-minute lotion application by a massage therapist.  I like to add a 30-minute massage to my scrub when I've got the time to reach extreme wet-noodle-like status. 

#2 FACIALS & PEELS
There is no better time of year to get a facial and/or peel. This time of year is great because the sun is further away than it is in the dead of summer, so there's less risk of sun damage after a short lunchtime peel or extra exfoliation.  A series of peels will be the most effective for smoothing fine lines & hyper pigmentation. If you can start before spring, you should be able to get a few peels in before summer. 

#3 ADJUST YOUR MOISTURIZER
Most people need to change up their skin care seasonally. It's time to check last years supply of sunscreen for an expiration date, because it looses its effectiveness. You may need a lighter day time moisturizer as well, since you wont be getting blasted by indoor heating and blustery cold wind. Your skin retains more moisture in the spring & summer. My favorite (as a 35-year-old seeking to stay naturally youthful)  is Yonka Elastine Jour, but you can get a good recommendation for your skin type from your Esthetician at The Pearl. Skincare consultations are always free.

#4 FIND A HAT!
The time is nigh! You need a hat.* Something that folds up that you can fit in your purse or bag is ideal. Go find one you like, and NEVER leave it behind from May - September.  You can thank me in 20 years ;). You will avoid so many burns and so much sun damage this way (*In addition to your uva/uvb sunscreen, of course). 

#5 WAX IT.
Smooth as an Easter egg, soft as a cherry blossom, slick as a raincoat! Ladies & Gents, do you have any hair on your spring chicken bod that you would like to be free of? Personally, I don't mind letting it grow for the winter, but in the Spring it feels pretty lovely to de-fuzz. My favorite is the lesser known under-arm wax. It's amazing because it leaves no shadow, for WEEKS.

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