"Everybody loves the sunshine"
The sun, although gloriously gorgeous to be in, can cause so many problems for your skin if not prepared for adequately. For years, there's been a misconception that those with darker skin tones had no need for Sunscreens, after all, our ancestors were forged in the heat of African Sun.
We've put together some tips for you to achieve healthy skin that is protected, hydrated and radiant all summer long.
1. Lather it up!
People of darker skin naturally produce more of a chemical called melanin aka Liquid Gold aka King-Already, which gives us our skin colour and absorbs the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. In fact, dark-skinned Blacks have a natural skin protection factor (SPF) of up to 13 and filter twice as much UV radiation as fair-skinned people. Sounding good right? Sounding like SPF isn't really needed?
Although dark-skinned people won’t get sunburned as quickly, we will still burn and are still susceptible to sun-induced damage such as sunspots and wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
So in short, don't leave home without your SPF, Periodt!
2. Keep hydrated!
Again, this goes without saying but drinking more fluids is not only going to keep you hydrated but it's also great for your skin. Drinking enough water helps your body flush out toxins and increases blood flow to the skin giving it an even tone. When they said drinking water clears up your skin, they weren’t wrong.
Tired of just water? Yep, I am too! Why not add some lemon and ginger in there for a refreshing flavour and it also helps to lower the effects of diabetes. Root ginger plays a big role in the secretion of insulin. Not to mention lemon water is soo good and detoxifying!
3. Consider Simplify your makeup.
Whatever your version of simplifying might be, everyone’s level to wearing makeup is different so that might be tinted moisturiser, mascara and lip balm or foundation, concealer and mascara. For me personally, I just wear a little concealer and lip balm and I’m good to go. Allowing your skin to breathe a little does wonders!
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4. Beauty from within.
Eating more leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, lettuce and summer berries stimulate collagen production and these foods are packed with antioxidants. Make sure you eat enough protein which will help to nourish your skin.
This one is especially important for summertime as dead skin and pore-cloggers such as humidity, pollution and sweat is real nasty. Clogged pores can result in pimples and blackheads and can make your skin dull in complexion. This is not what we want! A proper exfoliator removes the barrier of dead skin cells and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for products to penetrate more deeply into the skin. Why not try out Pink Grapefruit Body Polish?
Raw sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid(AHA) that penetrates the skin and breaks down what bonds skin cells, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin.
To your wellbeing,
The Wild Seed Team