I am pretty diligent about keeping my skin sins to a minimum, but just the fact that we're all outside a lot more during the summer quickly adds up to more exposure to harsh elements.
If you are guilty as well, InStyle shares a few ways to help undo some of the damage...
Go On A Veggie Kick: All those weekends at the beach house...fun? Definitely. Great for your skin? Probably not. The good news? Hitting the salad bar and piling your plate high with leafy greens can help! Leafy greens are packed with powerful antioxidants, and eating just one serving of those greens everyday can help heal sun damage.
Quench Your Complexion: Still hitting the sand without an ironclad SPF? Really? Well, at least lube up once you go home. Slathering on moisturizing lotion after hitting the beach helps stop inflammation.
Adjust Your Game: Irony Alert! Retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, yet dermatologists insist they're critical for reducing wrinkles and other signs of sun damage. Our advice: Use vitamin A derivatives at night and a hefty SPF during the day.
Do Something Shady: Recommitting to SPF after weeks of negligence? Smart move. Now make sure you're doing it right: Reapply sunscreen throughout the day (try a powder version for work or a spray if you're outside a lot), and never underestimate the value of a hip pair of shades and a brimmed hat for added protection. (Eva Longoria wears hers well!)
Hide & Go Sleek: Like a strategically placed pillow covering a wine stain on a white sofa, foundation is used to merely mask uneven skin tone or spots. But new, improved versions, including BB and CC creams, are made with sunscreen and potent doses of vitamin C, so they help treat sun abuse and also conceal.
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