The sun is an inexhaustible source of well-being. One important thing to do during the season is to put your skin in the best condition to make the most of solar energy.
An interesting fact is that tanning itself is a body's mechanism of defence against possible damage from the sun. So exposure to sunlight should be done gradually and always protected by sunscreens best suited for you.
The sun activates the production of Vitamin D in the skin, which is very useful in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. With exposure to the sun, especially after beach holidays, vitamin D levels are significantly higher. Some studies have hypothesized that the well-being of prolonged sun exposure derives, at least in part, from a higher synthesis of this vitamin.
Sunlight also has an excellent regulating effect on the sleep-wake cycle and is very useful in the treatment of severe cases of insomnia, not to mention the powerful antidepressant effect.
Minerals such as Manganese, Copper and Zinc, together with phytotherapeutic extracts such as Blueberry and Red Grape, are beneficial to stimulate the skin's natural ability to defend itself from the sun. Supplements with these ingredients are useful in protecting the skin from free radicals.
In combination with these components, you can intervene by supporting the natural ability of the skin to produce collagen. A supplement with hydrolyzed type II collagen, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C, helps to combat skin ageing.
Perilla and Blackcurrant oils are excellent options for preventing sunburns. You can start taking them 4-5 days before exposure to the sun, or just increase the dose if you decided last-minute to go to the sea. These vegetable oils are equally useful for preventing and treating inflammatory reactions due to excessive sunlight exposure. In addition, it is possible to use Coenzyme Q10 to prevent solar erythema.
Moreover, there are several healthy habits at the table that will surely help you to get the desired perfect tan:
- "Raw, fresh and colourful". It is a motto that we have used for years to explain to all our patients to eat a piece of uncooked and unseasoned fruit or vegetables before each meal. A correct intake of fruits and vegetables in the diet is essential to ensure the body the right levels of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They all protect the skin and prepare it for safe sun exposure. All seasonal fruits and vegetables have a green light to be eaten abundantly in the weeks before sunbathing and throughout the holiday period.
- Reduce food inflammation. Sometimes exposure to the sun brings with it annoyances and erythema that risk ruining the holidays to those who are "allergic" to the sun. Reducing food-related inflammation by following a rotation diet according to your Personal Food Profile is very useful to put the skin in the best condition to enjoy all the benefits of the sun.
- Correctly balance carbohydrates and proteins. The skin needs a proper supply of proteins to repair itself, which must be distributed over three meals, starting with breakfast. The WHO recommends that healthy people consume 1 gram of protein per kg of body weight: these levels are essential to keep the skin toned and wrinkle-free even after exposure to the sun.
We hope that you find useful all these instructions. Remember to always consult your doctor for the best supplements and doses for you.
Take care of your skin and enjoy your sunny vacations!