Summer Skin Care Protection; It’s As Close As Your Kitchen

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Summer Skin Care Protection; It’s As Close As Your Kitchen

If your definition of summer skin care protection is “I use sunscreen” then you are short-changing yourself. Sunscreen is only half of a one-two punch to defend against the harmful UV rays of the sun. The other part involves antioxidants and they can be found right in your kitchen!

Antioxidants are chemicals — in man-made or natural substances — that work to prevent or delay some forms of cell damage. They interact with, then neutralize “free radicals.”

Free Radicals Created

When those UV rays penetrate deep into your skin, the result is sunburn. Ouch! But at the same time when UV radiation contacts skin, it reacts with oxygen, which causes a free radical chain reaction.

Free radicals are distorted atoms which now carry an odd (unpaired) number of electrons looking to even up. They do this by attacking other cells. Once formed, look out, chain reaction.

And… what does that mean?

Best description we’ve seen comes from the Waxhead website: “Ever seen an apple turn brown when exposed to oxygen-filled air? Free radical oxidation affects our skin in a significantly similar way.” Yuk.

To the Rescue Come Antioxidants

While sunscreen is applied to the exterior of the body, there are Antioxidant-rich Foods that you can add to your diet to build up your defenses to stop cell damage:

  • Wheat germ, sunflower seeds, eggs, peanut butter and avocado contain Vitamin E.
  • Spinach, papaya, bell peppers, watermelon and broccoli contain Vitamin C.
  • Brazil nuts, red snapper and shrimp are foods with Selenium.
  • Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apricots, peaches and butternut squash are Carotenoids

And then there are spices: Basil, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Ginger, Oregano, Parsley, and Thyme.

Nice thing about these food products? They are easily found at local grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and especially in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator!

No excuse not to take better care of yourself!