Tips for Protecting Your Skin This Summer

Tips for Protecting Your Skin This Summer
Next Health Staff
December 6, 2023

Now that the summer months are upon us and people are spending more time enjoying outdoor activities, many of us are considering the ways in which we can minimize sun damage to our skin. 

Although the sun has health benefits (natural light improves mood stability, is a source of vitamin D, and more), it is one of the main causes of visible signs of aging. 

This is because the sun emits ultraviolet rays that penetrate the skin and damage the elastic fibers that keep the skin full and firm, allowing wrinkles to develop over time. These rays are also known to cause “sun spots” or “liver spots,” namely on the face, hands, and other sun-exposed areas. 

Consider protecting your skin this summer with the following: 

Sunscreen Foods 

You can actually protect your skin from the inside out with your diet. 

Certain foods contain ingredients that can affect your skin and combat the development of wrinkles. For example, antioxidants are often referred to as “edible sunscreen” because they can reduce free radical damage from the sun, preventing signs of aging. Carotenoids and polyphenals are antioxidants that bring an orange or red pigment to fruits and vegetables. (This type of antioxidant can also be referred by names such as lycopene, lutein and beta carotene). 

Adding such foods to your diet can be an incredibly effective anti-aging technique as carotenoids and polyphenols not only combat free radical damage that is caused to cells by sun exposure, but these antioxidants also can absorb certain wavelengths from the sun, preventing sun damage to occur in the first place. 

Carotenoid and antioxidant-rich foods include: 

  • Oranges 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Spinach 
  • Berries 
  • Grapes 
  • Pomegranate
  • Grapefruit 
  • Kiwi 

Next Health also offers IV Therapy that delivers the above antioxidants, along with powerful amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that help your body combat pre-mature aging from the inside out. Every Next Health IV includes a multivitamin base, also known as the Myers’ Cocktail, plus a powerful blend of hydrating electrolytes, vitamins, amino acids, & more. Our IVs are administered by one of our Registered Nurses here onsite.

Consider enhancing your summer glow this summer with our Glamour IV. This IV is packed with collagen-boosting vitamin C, rejuvenating L-Lysine, and beautifying biotin for taking your hair, skin, and nail health to the next level. 

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Hats, Sunglasses, & Effective Barriers

The amount of clothing you wear impacts the amount of UV protection your skin receives. By covering your face with sunglasses, brimmed hats, and other forms of attire and clothing when spending extended periods of time in the sun, your skin will be more protected from the sun. Dark-colored clothing typically provides better UV protection than light-colored clothing. It also better to opt for tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, to minimize the damage from UV rays.  

There are also brands that list their clothing’s UV protection factor (UVP) on the label. This is similar to sunscreen in that, more protection from the sun is provided. 

Wash Your Face 

On average, we are exposed to over 700,000 toxic chemicals on a daily basis. Our skin is exposed to many of these chemicals, and as one of our critical detoxification pathways, constant chemical exposure can take a toll on this organ. 

Although there are incredible high-quality topical anti-aging skincare products, one of the most important steps in skin protection is washing your face. In addition to toxins, your skin accumulates unwanted dirt, oil, bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dead skin cells, and more that should be removed on a daily basis. When your face goes unwashed, all of these substances can compromise the health of your skin cells and lead to pre-mature signs of aging. 

Next Health works with trusted, high-quality skincare brands that offer clean and effective cleansers. Call or text us at (310) 295-2075 to contact our Medical Concierge Team and enjoy personalized skincare products for your wellness journey. 

Choose Your Sunscreen Wisely 

Applying sunscreen daily is one of the most effective ways to protect your skin and minimize signs of aging long-term. It is best to look for a sunscreen that is marked as containing at least an SPF of 30 and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. This combination ensures protection from both UVA and UVB rays, which cause damage to skin cells, resulting in uneven skin pigmentation and other premature signs of aging.

It is also important to note to not just apply sunscreen to your face, but also the back of your hands and neck (two key indicators of age). 

Infrared LED Therapy 

Many people worry about the potential of not experiencing the benefits that are associated with sun exposure when discussing sun protection. However, thanks to cutting-edge services such as LED Therapy, you no longer have to pick. 

The Next Health infrared lights are designed with over 13,000 high-intensity red, blue, and infrared LEDs which are positioned close to the skin for maximum effect.

The lights activate ATP (energy within body tissues), stimulate white blood cells to repair damaged tissues, and increase collagen production. This treatment also triggers the release of endorphins, which provide relief for chronic and acute pain. 

This light therapy harnesses the healing power of infrared light, a specific light wavelength that dramatically increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing. After a 30-minute treatment, blood flow is enhanced, which is great for both chronic and acute pain. 30 minutes is the maximum treatment time. Dramatic results usually only show after several treatments. 

Benefits include: 

- Increased athletic performance and decreased recovery time 

- Enhance collagen production and cellular regeneration 

- Alleviated joint and muscle soreness and chronic pain relief

- Improved REM sleep 

- Promotes release of endorphins

- Ehances mood and relieves anxiety, stress, & depression 

- Combats inflammation and improves immune function 

This service can be done consistently. For ideal results, our medical experts encourage weekly sessions and advise to book a 30-minute appointment every time you stop by a Next Health storefront. 

Have Questions About Sun Protection? 

Call or text us at (310) 295-2075 to ask any questions about sun protection and your skincare journey today. Plus, you can speak with our team about potential Next Beauty aesthetic services that can help reverse signs of sun damage to help you look your best. 

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