When your skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays and sun damage occurs, it creates free radicals within the body. Free radicals are unstable atoms with unpaired electrons that bounce around looking for other atoms or molecules to bond to. This process puts your body under oxidative stress which can result in cell damage, and ultimately, may lead to some diseases and symptoms of aging. While it’s best to take preventative measures such as staying indoors, wearing protective garments, or staying under an umbrella, for the times when you just want to enjoy the outdoors, it’s important to select a good sunscreen product. Sunscreen with SPF works as a barrier to either absorb or reflect UV wavelengths. To make sure you are truly protected, it’s recommended that you select a sunscreen formula that does both, by choosing one that contains organic compounds that are related to UV-B absorption and inorganic compounds connected to UV-A reflection. The FDA has created new guidelines for sunscreen companies to follow to ensure they are utilizing ingredients that are safe and effective, so be sure to read the label carefully.
Aside from sun damage, there are a variety of external factors that can be harsh on your skin during the summer months. From chlorine and salt-water, to sweat and dehydration, it’s important to take care of your skin from the inside not only for its general health, but for its overall appearance, too. Since the heat is at an all-time high and sweat can clog your pores, we recommend using a cleanser or exfoliator two times per day for a healthy complexion. Additionally, since the heat can be dehydrating, it’s crucial that you’re drinking enough water (at least 8 glasses per day) to keep you and your skin hydrated.
Lastly, while Ester-C cannot be used to help prevent against sun damage, it can be used to support skin health.* Vitamin C is an antioxidant and is involved in the production of collagen, which forms the basis for vibrant skin.* In addition, the essential nutrient is known for it’s immune supporting properties.* Ester-C stomach-friendly supplements last up to 24 hours, providing you with immune support around the clock.* From brunch on the beach to s’mores under the stars, feel confident knowing Ester-C will stay in your system through it all.*