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Summer Skin Regime


Avoid washing your face in hot water. The heat can remove sebum from the skin's surface, leading to capillary damage and dehydration - always wash your face using lukewarm water.

Your daily ‘cleanse, tone and moisturize regime is even more important in the summer months due to the increased build up of oil and sweat produced by the body in response to the heat. Cleansing opens pores which helps to detox the skin.

Use a gentle exfoliating cream or brush on the body to remove dead skin cells and boost circulation, which helps the skin to detox.

Sun Protection Foods


Feed your skin from the inside out:

Make sure antioxidants are part of your daily supplements and skincare products.  Antioxidants are chemical compounds that neutralize the effects of free radicals, a normal byproduct of metabolism. UV rays and environmental pollutants, however, cause the body to produce an over abundance of free radicals. This opens the door for a number of negative skin conditions, including cancer. The best-known antioxidants that fight free radical damage are vitamins A, C, and E and the mineral selenium. Because your body does not produce these antioxidants, they must be introduced from food sources or applied topically to the skin.

Scientific studies show that high antioxidant foods can bolster resistance to damage from ultraviolet light that promotes sunburn, wrinkles and skin cancer: When you eat certain antioxidants, they help stabilize skin cells preventing and repairing damage.


Top Five Sun Protection Foods:


Chi Tea  
  1. Chocolate - Women who drank a hot cocoa high in "flavonal" antioxidants daily for three months had 25% less reddening after UV irradiation and more moist, less scaly skin than women drinking low-flavanol cocoa, says new German research. Another source of flavanol is dark chocolate.

  2. Tomatoes - German research also finds that lycopene(the antioxidant in tomatoes) reduces sensitivity to sunburn. Drinking tomato juice or taking 10mg lycopene daily for three months cut signs of sunburn from a UV lamp 25% to 48%. Processed tomato products are rich in lycopene.

  3. Pomegranate - At the University of Wisconsin, antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract inhibited changes in human cells exposed to UV light. Radiance is a great product.  It is a flavorful beverage with pomegranate as well as other antioxidants like acai and green tea. 

  4. Fatty fish - EPA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid in fish, reduced signs of UV damage in skin cells, says a recent Korean study. In a British test, taking 4,000mg of omega-3 a day (the amount in a bout 12 ounces of salmon) for three months cut sunburn damage 30%.
  5. Green Tea - Several studies show drinking green tea helps prevent sunburn and precancerous changes. In a small study, drinking about 2 cups of green tea reduced UV damage.  I use Chi Tea because I get the equivalent of 12 cups in one glass. 

Howard Murad, M.D., dermatologist and author of The Murad Method: Wrinkle-Proof, Repair, and Renew Your Skin with the Proven 5-Week Program. The Murad Method, emphasizes the importance of taking “sun-protective” supplements, as well as using antioxidant skincare formulations. Murad - Leader in Skin Care Science Where skinkcare meets healthcare. Get glowing luminous skin year-round.

Murad - Leader in Skin Care Science supplements contain antioxidants derived from grapes, citrus fruits, and pomegranates. “We’ve been able to scientifically prove that taking one pomegranate tablet (Murad Pomphenol Super Antioxidant with Pomegranate Extract) a day, can increase the efficacy of your sunscreen by twenty-five percent,” says Dr. Murad. “This allows you to fight skin damage from the inside out, while also supporting all your organs that are affected by free radical damage.”

Evening Primrose Oil supplementation has been shown to improve skin elasticity, moisture, smoothness, firmness and to ease irritated skin, great if you’re prone to dryness during warm weather or sun exposure. Try Efamol Evening Primrose Oil.

Antioxidants such as selenium play a crucial role in repelling and reversing sun damage, but we don’t get enough of this vital nutrient in our diet.

Avoid eating too much flour, bread, and meat such as beef and pork. Too much of these foods can make the digestive system sluggish and may cause the buildup of toxins, leading to acne.

Instead, incorporate skin boosting ingredients into your diet. Foods with high levels of antioxidants are particularly beneficial to the skin - try avocados and olives in salads, fresh fruit juices, and blueberries or strawberries in smoothies.

We are often told that drinking water is good for our skin, but in the summer it is particularly important to keep hydrated. When the skin is dehydrated pores can become blocked and this can cause spots. Remember that green tea can provide beneficial antioxidants and aid in skin repair.



Tomato-rich Diet


Tomato-rich Diet Can Help Protect Skin

The ingredients of lycopene in tomatoes has been shown by British researchers to protect against sun damage in skin.

Subjects who consumed tomato paste were found to have 33% more protection against sunburn, compared to the control group, researchers from the Universities of Newcastle and Manchester presented at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology this month.

The research taps into one of the newest trends in nutritional foods--the "beauty from within" segment, which is predicted to become a strong niche during the next few years.

The researchers recruited 20 people and randomly assigned them to receive 55 grams, or five tablespoons, of standard tomato paste with 10g of olive oil daily, or just olive oil, for 12 weeks.

The skin of the volunteers was exposed to UV light at the start and end of the trial, and the researchers found the tomato paste-supplemented group had 33% more protection against sunburn than the olive oil only-fed group. This level of protection was equivalent to a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 1.3, said the researchers.

The benefits of the tomato paste were attributed to the lycopene content, which may neutralize the harmful effects of UV light due to the excess production reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage important skin structures.

Skin samples taken from the subjects indicated that the tomato paste-supplemented individuals had higher skin levels of pro-collagen, a molecule which gives the skin its structure and loss of which leads to skin aging and lack of elasticity.

Co-researcher professor Lesley Rhodes said, "The tomato diet boosted the level of pro-collagen in the skin significantly. These increasing levels suggest potential reversal of the skin aging process. This is in addition to the significant reduction in sunburn.

"These weren't huge amounts of tomato we were feeding the group. It was the sort of quantity you would easily manage if you were eating a lot of tomato-based meals.

"People should not think that tomatoes in any way can replace sun creams, but they may be a good additive. If you can improve your protection through your diet then over several years, this may have a significant effect."



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