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As the season changes from winter to spring and then summer, we find ourselves spending more time outdoors enjoying the warm rays of the sun. Hibernation is over, even for the skin. Therefore, it is now important to adapt the protection and care of the skin to the sunny conditions in order to be equipped with an intact skin barrier against long-term sun damage and sun-induced skin aging. Especially during the change of seasons, we advise preventive and regenerative care through and with natural sunscreen. In the following blog article, we provide 4 tips on how to properly prepare your skin for summer while effectively protecting yourself from harmful UV rays.
1. natural sunscreen
Sun worshippers take note: Tanning the skin is allowed and even desired – and without chemical or mineral sunscreen. Because in order to get our vitamin D household going again, it is important to treat yourself and your skin to regular sun again after the often sun-deprived winter – without a sun protection factor. We recommend being in the sun for only a few minutes at first, depending on your skin type. The sun time can then be extended further and further – without overdoing it.
The result: The tan naturally built up by our melanocytes protects against light sunburns up to severe sun damage, as the skin’s own protection time is extended and our body can thus additionally intercept harmful UV rays itself.
2. light protection factor
In addition to or between the phases of tanning, it is important to apply a sunscreen. Even if it does not always seem necessary in moderate spring temperatures, a sun protection factor (SPF) should not be dispensed with as soon as the sun becomes more intense and shines for longer. For this reason, using a skin care product with light sun protection is extremely important, especially in the spring and summer months. Carotenoids, which are found for example in care products with sea buckthorn or astaxanthin, can provide natural light protection. In our store you can find some natural products with sea buckthorn, for example our face serum No.3 and our body oil No.1 or care products with astaxanthin, like our eye essence No.4 or our face serum No.4.
3. reinforced sunshade
Sun protection can and should be additionally absorbed from the inside. Again, it is carotenoids that provide protection from the sun. But foods with antioxidants also have a positive effect against harmful UV rays. If you eat a lot of citrus fruits, berries, nuts, tomatoes or cocoa, you can strengthen the inner sun protection. The dietary supplement with the greatest antioxidant effect is astaxanthin. The carotenoid from the green algae Haematococcus pluvialis reduces the negative effects of excessive UV radiation and can counteract skin-damaging sunburn.
Since the amplification of UV protection via food or dietary supplements only acts as a booster, conventional sun protection should not be dispensed with under any circumstances during long stays in the sun. In this case, we recommend applying a mineral sunscreen after the skin’s own protection time has expired, which immediately blocks the effects of the sun’s rays on the skin.
Caution: The sun-blocker effect also stops the synthesis of vitamin D!
4.effective after sun care
Last but not least, in spring and summer, attention should be paid not only to effective prevention, but also to a valuable follow-up of the skin. After sunbathing, rich and natural care products help to regenerate the skin in the evening. Skin care products with antioxidant ingredients are recommended. A product that also cools the skin slightly, such as our Body Oil No.2, is particularly suitable for after-sun care. As antioxidants help the skin to recover extensively, regenerative care overnight can be used to start a new, sunny day refreshed.
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