Our skin is the largest organ we have, accounting for approximately 16% of our body weight. For this reason and for the way it protects us, it is recommended to take care of our skin both inside and outside.

It covers our body but it also protects us against microorganisms, chemical compounds and solar radiations, and, as it has several nerve endings, it transmits the information it receives from the environment.

How can we protect it?

Our skin is always subjected to several exogenous and endogenous aggressions. The sun is necessary for the synthesis of vitamin D and essential for bone health, but it is also a harmful source of non-visible radiation, such as UVA and UVB rays, which can penetrate our skin and cause erythema, burns, etc.

The most intense radiation is produced from 10:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m., so we have to try to avoid it, mainly children and the elderly.

Although the skin produces melanin to protect us from this kind of radiation, natural protection is not enough. We need to wear sunglasses, hats, caps and suitable clothing. Moreover, it is essential to gently apply sunscreen every 2 hours and after bathing, if necessary, taking special care of moles and freckles.

It is recommended to renew sunscreens every year, as they lose their properties.

On the other hand, after exposure to this kind of radiation, it is recommended to repair, soothe and moisturize the skin. Some plants are well-known for their properties regarding this purpose, such as aloe, chamomile, marigold, ribwort and greater plantain, yarrow and propolis.

Protect your skin inside as well

The skin is attacked daily by other kinds of harmful substances such as environmental pollution and endogenous toxins from a poor diet or the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

We can protect ourselves from free radicals by means of supplements with antioxidant nutrients, such as carotenes in some fruits and vegetables (carrots), vitamin C (strawberries, oranges, etc.) and vitamin E (vegetable oils, wheat germ and whole grains). The skin and seeds of black grapes contain powerful natural antioxidants, such as resveratrol, anthocyanins, flavonoids and tannins.

Astaxanthin is another substance with a great capacity to eliminate or reduce free radicals in different cellular environments.

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