We are about half way through the summer but it is not too late to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Research has shown that sunscreen alone is not enough to protect your skin from UV damage.
You still want to use a good broad spectrum sunscreen. Many contain antioxidants, however they are generally not enough to boost the level of protection you get from a sunscreen.
To maximize your sun protection, it is a good idea to include antioxidants in your diet and topically on your skin.
Two well researched and effective antioxidants you want to look for are
Vitamin C and
Dermatologists also recommend
Vitamin A and
Resveratrol , which can be found in blueberries and red wine.
Green tea is well known for its antioxidant properties because it contains catechins.
Lycopene, which is found in tomatoes may reduce the photo aging effects of UVs and may also decrease the risk for other cancers in addition to skin cancer.
Consider including some of these antioxidants in your diet.
Fruits like blueberries, strawberries and oranges are high in vitamin C and are delicious! If you don't have time to make a smoothie, consider a good dietary supplement.
You can drink a cup of green tea daily-Too hot for hot tea? Make Green iced tea an toss in some fruit! Yummy!
You can boost your broad spectrum (spf 30 is a good choice) by applying a good antioxidant rich serum before you apply a sunscreen.
The best side benefit of including antioxidants to your sun care regimen is that they are great anti agingtreatments.They can help to even your skin tone by fading dark spots and freckles caused by previous sun damage, brighten and generally improve the appearance and texture of your skin.