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Summer skin defence

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Summer can be a challenging time for your complexion, leaving it more parched than peachy. The sun’s UV rays and the hot weather can play havoc with your hair, too. Shield your skin and tresses from the stresses of the season with these simple steps.

Stay hydrated
The summer heat can leave skin and hair looking and feeling dry. Improve hydration from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and be sure to slather on plenty of moisturiser. Face creams, body lotions and oils all keep skin soft and supple, as well as supporting the skin’s natural barrier function, helping to lock
in moisture. Applying a face mask 2-3 times a week is a great way to keep skin looking dewy.

Be safe in the sun
It’s long been known that exposure to the sun’s UV rays is one of the biggest causes of visible skin ageing. Protect your skin by limiting sun exposure between 11.30am and 3.30pm, wear a wide brimmed hat,and,of course always use SPF. Healthspan Nurture Skincare Range offer a Daily UV SPF50 Defense cream for protection all year round.

Top tip: Apply suncream right up to your hairline, and pay particular attention to your ears and nose! 

Eat for protection
Experts believe that eating a diet rich in certain antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium can help protect against UV damage. The best sources of vitamin C are fruit and vegetables, whilst avocados are rich in vitamin E and Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium. Taking a daily multivitamin supplement is a good way to boost your input of these nutrients too. 

Care for your hair
Hot temperatures, the sun’s rays, the sea and chlorine can really take their toll, leaving locks looking and feeling frazzled. Wearing a hat can help protect your hair and your scalp from sun damage. It's also a good idea to apply a hair oil, intensive conditioner and hair mask regularly to guard against and repair any damage.

Don't forget hands and feet! 
With thinner skin than most of the body, the tops of the hands and feet are particularly prone to dryness as well as the signs of ageing. ensure you use area-specific moisturisers with SPF protection to keep them in tip-top shape! 

The Nutrition Expert editorial team compiles articles with the help of Healthspan's experts to answer key questions from our community as well as researching common health topics and news.

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