It’s totally summer here in Los Angeles. It’s hot and sunny everyday! I love it, but my fair skin does not. When I was a teenage, I laid out everyday I could. Between summer jobs and random overcast Midwestern summer days, I’d eek out a solid tan. That saddens me to say now because, dude, wrinkles, skin cancer! Now I know better, and you do too, right? Right? Shield yourself from the sun’s rays by following these helpful tips from Women’s Health.
Protect From Inside Out - Sun damage causes free radicals, which all edible antioxidants fight. Your best bites are reddish-orange foods that are high in lycopene, such as tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, apricots, and papayas, and foods and beverages that are rich in flavonoids, such as green tea and dark chocolate. Yum! You’ll need at least 10 weeks of daily ingestion to optimize the benefits.
Seek Shades – Ultrastylish oversize sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement. They also shield the paper-thin skin around your eyes from dangerous UV damage (5 to 10% of all skin cancers appear on the eyelids) as well as the formation of fine lines and crow’s-feet. More important, sun exposure can affect the eye itself (specifically the cornea, lens, and retina), causing cataracts and macular degeneration over time.
Sport SPF – Bikinis are de rigueur pool and beachside, but they provide little sun protection. If you’re going to be in the water, take a cue from the world’s sexiest surfer girls and rock a rash guard. The fabric in Letarte rash guards has a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50-plus, which blocks 98 percent of harmful UV rays.
Laundry SunGuard - The truth is, all clothing has a sun protection factor, but it’s not enough to combat summer sun. The lighter the clothing color, the less it shields. A white T-shirt has an SPF of 4 to 6, while a black one has 9 or 10. However all washables can have a UPF of 30: Just add a packet of SunGuard ($2) to your laundry during the wash cycle. Pretty cool, huh?
Sun Protection - Of course, the main thing to remember in summer (and really, all year) is sunscreen! The one I love right now is Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41. Seriously, check out that review. I love the stuff! You can also prep your skin with SPF, Sue Devitt Microquatic Blue Anti Aging Primer protects skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays with SPF 30.
Fake it! Just because I know better than to lay out in the sun these days, doesn’t mean I don’t love the look of a tan in the summer. But now I just fake it! The self tanner I love is St. Tropez. I’ve tried practically everything on the market and I keep coming back to St. Tropez.
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