Summer may be winding down, but for me, fall is all about new beginnings. The school year is off to a new start, a new season is about to start, a new year of my life is about to start as I get closer to my birthday....right now is chock full of reasons to get outside and have some fun. That being said, just because the sun may not feel as intense as temperatures start to get cooler, they are still capable of damaging your skin and causing uneven skin tone and pigmentation, thickened skin, fine lines, wrinkles, skin sagging, precancerous and cancerous lesions.... So I wanted to share some tips to help you "save face" while sitting on the sidelines of your kiddos sports games ( true confession: I do hide in my car and watch games from the parking lot when it's pouring rain here..hello rainy Washington), going for a run or walk or whatever other fun fall activity you have planned. Make SPF one of your BFFs: Applying sunscreen should be like brushing your teeth, a habit that you do daily to keep your skin protected. Using a mineral based sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide that offers broad-spectrum coverage with a SPF 30 or above on your exposed parts will help protect your skin. Adding a boost to your sun protection by taking evidence-based curated supplements known decrease your risk of burn and support your skin's ability to recover from sun damage can expand your "circle of BFFs". Functional Fashion: Before heading outdoors grab a hat that can cover your head and neck, sunglasses to shield your eyes, and clothing that offers greater coverage as well as UPF rated sun protection to combat UV damage. Prioritize your ZZZ's : Melatonin is one of the body's most important hormones which is only generated when you sleep. When it comes to your skin, melatonin plays a significant role in helping protect it from UV radiation and the resulting DNA damage. Bottom line: Prioritizing quality sleep consistently helps block the damaging effects of UV rays. Feed Your Face: Your body has an innate antioxidant reserve to help protect itself, but UV exposure and other environmental factors like air pollution can quickly deplete it. This results in cellular and DNA damage which increases your risk of developing melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Filling your plate with veggies like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots,and pomegranate will add powerful anti-oxidants to your diet and boost your reserves. Fill up your cup: Caffeine gets a bad rap but don’t switch to decaf yet because your skin can reap some benefits, especially when in comes to spending time outdoors. Researchers have found a lower risk for basal cell carcinoma as well as lowering the risk of melanoma from a higher consumption of caffeinated coffee. More studies need to be done, but a promising study showed that 90,000 Caucasian women who drank six or more cups of coffee per day had a 30% decrease in prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Enjoy the sunshine and the crisper air that helps welcome in all your new beginnings!