Strengthen your skin from the inside before sun exposureMette Skjærbæk
When it comes to the body, I am constantly impressed by how much it’s capable of coping. It is amazing what the mechanisms inside our body can handle, if we just give it a bit of tender loving care.
I always refer to our skin as our leather, and the same way I like to think of the body as a bicycle chain that continuously needs oil and maintenance to function properly. Just like we need to oil the wheels on our bicycle, our body also needs its ‘wheels’ to be nurtured and taken care of from the inside to function and protect itself from what we might expose it to. Our skin reveals how we take care of our bodies, and when the skin is nourished from the inside with great food, it enhances the skin’s ability to protect itself in the sun. *
*External UVA and UVB protection is essential to take care of the skin in the sun and to avoid sunburns.
The most powerful combination in regards of protecting the skin from UV exposure is to protect it with SPF from the outside – while also strengthening the skin’s natural defence from within.
Skincare and sun protection from within
Skincare rule no. 1 is to STAY HYDRATED.
On all Karmameju products, you will find our statement “stay hydrated / DRINK WATER”.
Keeping our body and skin hydrated is one of the most important things we can do to maintain healthy skin. Just to make an exaggerated example of how important it is, try to compare your skin with a raisin and a fresh grape – how do you prefer your skin to look? And how would you love your organs to feel?
Hydration is extra important when being exposed to the sun. The sun dries out our skin over time, and dry skin is more vulnerable to UV expose than hydrated skin. Keeping the skin hydrated helps the skin to rebuild its natural, protective barrier before and after sun exposure.
Antioxidants and free radicals
When our skin is being exposed to UV rays, our bodies react by producing free radicals. If the skin is exposed to a high level of free radicals, the skin comes into a stage of oxidative stress. This will damage the collagen and elastin fibres in the skin, accelerating the ageing process and hereby increasing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Antioxidants help the body fight free radicals. Antioxidants can be viewed as small soldiers that help protecting against the damages that free radicals can cause. By eating foods with a high content of antioxidants, we can help our body neutralize free radicals and increase our general health. Antioxidants have an anti-inflammatory effect which can help protecting the skin and reduce the risks of sunburn.
The best sources of antioxidants are plant-based foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Below you will find a list of foods that are especially beneficial for your skin in the summertime as well as in winter.