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How to prepare your skin to the sun

THE BENEFITS OF BERRY FRUIT
Written by Veronica Lavenia

How to prepare your skin to the sun? Some useful tips to enjoy the benefits of the sun without damaging the skin.

The sun is an ally of good humor, a real therapy for those suffering from depression.Where there is little sunlight, there is a deficiency of Vitamin D (essential for proper calcium absorption in the bones and to avoid osteoporosis risk. Scientific studies carried out over the years have shown that sunlight increases and stimulates the production of serotonin, improving states of depression.
A proper exposure to the sun is also curative for certain skin diseases such as psoriasis and a valuable aid to dissolve the joints in the sun.
The sun, therefore, improves good mood, reduces stress and improves the quality of sleep.
A golden skin from the sun is a sign of health and well-being but an excess of sun exposure can damage the skin and beyond. For this reason, you should always protect yourself, even in winter, with sunscreen. In spring, it is also advisable to prepare the skin from the inside, with fruit and vegetables rich in properties useful for the assimilation of the melanin.
Following, a short list of vegetables that promote tanning and protect our skin from within.

Tomatoes:

They are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that gives elasticity to the skin and belongs to carotenoids, so it stimulates and promotes tanning while protecting the skin from aging.

DIY beauty with tomatoes: five tips

PH. Veronica Lavenia

Carrots, cabbage, pumpkins, red peppers, strawberries, melon:

They are rich in beta-carotene, and should be consumed (for example, in the case of cabbage) almost every day to have a skin ready for the summer. Moreover, they are very rich in Vitamian C which protects the skin from free radical damage.

Peas, parsley, brussels sprouts:

These vegetables contain lutein, a natural antioxidant that protects the skin and eyes from the action of sunlight. Lutein is useful for reducing the redness of the skin after a long exposure to the sun in the skin.

Radicchio and red bell peppers:

They contain zeaxntine, a natural antioxidant, capable of absorbing excess solar radiation.

Peaches, apricots and all orange fruit and vegetables:

They are rich in Vitamin A, excellent ally for protection from harmful sun rays. Furthermore, they promote the production of melatonin.

Blood oranges vinaigrette salad

© Ph. Veronica Lavenia

Berries, citrus fruits, kiwis, green leafy vegetables:

They contain the most powerful antioxidant in nature, vitamin C. These foods, in particular, help to prevent skin spots caused by the sun and also help to regulate the microcirculation of the skin.

Natural beauty: strawberries masks.

© Ph. Veronica Lavenia

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

Veronica, PhD, is an Italian based food writer. Born and raised in Italy, surrounded by the thriving culture and spirit of Sicily, Veronica was a University academic before becoming a food writer. In the context of academic research, she has published essays on the Spanish-American narrative in national and international Academic Journals. As freelance journalist, she wrote about book reviews and tennis. Food was the subject she thought about most so, inspired by family recipes, and valuable Italian culinary heritage, she moved into writing her experiences and studies on the subject.
Sustainability, seasonality and selection of raw materials (as much as possible local, organic and unrefined) are the basis of Veronica’s natural food philosophy.
Cookery author, "Gluten Free from Heaven" magazine contributor, some of her works have appeared in "Vegetarian Living", "Veggie Magazine", "Lifestyle FOOD", "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide" and "Chickpea", among others.