Slathering on sunscreen might protect your skin from darkening and photo-ageing, but don’t forget to nourish your insides and protect other body parts to stave off the worst of UVA and UVB damage.
• Get your diet an antioxidant boost with at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Kale, sweet potatoes, mangoes and papaya are rich in skin-smoothing vitamin A and have been shown to reverse effects of too much sunlight.
• Wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays to prevent macular degeneration and wrinkles from developing around the eyes.
• Drink green tea regularly to protect against the visible signs of photo-ageing and to prevent the onset of skin cancer.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat when gardening to reduce the risk of sun stroke and avoid going outdoors between 10am and 2pm when the sun’s rays are at their peak.
• Purchase a new bottle of sunscreen every year as it loses its potency with time. Choose non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and waterproof formulas for optimal protection.