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1 Jun 2015

Summer provides the perfect opportunity to finally flaunt those pins and enjoy the uplifting weather without the need for a fussy sweater and overcoat. Using supplements can help to prepare the skin by encouraging collagen production and a healthy glow, helping people to feel more confident within their own skin.

Supplements can also protect the skin from the damaging effects of harmful UV rays. Here are three that fit the bill perfectly:

Vitamin E

Found in a variety of skincare products, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from sun damage, reduce premature ageing and prevent inflammation. It cleverly absorbs some of the harmful UV rays from the sun when applied topically, helping to safeguard the skin from cancers, scars, wrinkles and acne. However, Vitamin E isn’t a sufficient replacement for sunscreen – it can counteract cell damage caused by sunlight but it does not offer full protection.

Vitamin E is found in green leafy vegetables, oils, nuts and seeds but is also available in supplement form. Taking a supplement can add a healthy glow to the skin by keeping it hydrated and looking young, supple and soft.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another antioxidant that is believed to reverse wrinkles, age spots and discolouration caused by sun damage. It helps to boost the body’s skin repair system and encourage collagen formation, which speeds up recovery and brightens the appearance of the skin.

Tanning tablets

Staying out in the sun for long periods of time without sunscreen can lead to sunburn, skin cancers and wrinkles. But lots of people still like to get a little colour on their skin over the summer or before a holiday abroad. Tanning tablets provide a safer alternative to sunbathing and sun beds by dissolving pigments, known as canthaxantin, under the epidermis, which gradually tint the colour of the skin to achieve a gentle, sun-kissed glow.

Safeguard the skin from the summer sun by taking the right supplements, applying topical skincare creams and wearing sunscreen when out and about. Investing in the health of the skin today will help to keep it looking young, healthy and refreshed for the future.

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