It’s well-established that sunscreen is an essential preventative shield against sun damage and skin cancer. But there’s more to sun protection than simply remembering to apply (and reapply) your favorite SPF lotion or spray. Here, Philadelphia wellness experts share how to build sun-damage protection into your lifestyle by making a few changes to your diet (stock up on green tea!), wardrobe, makeup bag and daily routine. The result? Inside-out and outside-in protection that has your back rain or shine.
Tara Nayak, ND
“Stay hydrated, since we need water to maintain our cell membranes and repair mechanisms. A target daily water intake is half of your weight in ounces. I also strongly recommend that everyone increase their intake of high-quality green tea. Whether iced or hot, green tea contains polyphenols that have been shown to protect cells from DNA damage, the root cause of sun-damage-induced skin cancer.”
Aleksandra Ambrozy, makeup artist
“Think about where your skin would naturally get sun, and mimic that effect with makeup. I recommend adding a cream-based bronzer to your makeup routine, as it blends with your skin naturally and gives you a very believable sunkissed look without the sun. Always skip shimmer in bronzer, as it will not look natural.”
Elizabeth Jones, style expert and founder of Elizabeth Jones Styling
“You always want a great sun hat to shield yourself from the sun’s rays. UPF [sun protective] clothing is another area where I don’t believe people have to compromise their style to stay safe. Retailers like Lilly Pulitzer and Athleta both have lines with UPF. And sunnies are also a must— just make sure they have 100 percent UV protection.”
Leigh-Ann Dolan, lead licensed esthetician, 3000BC
“I recommend skincare with the antioxidants vitamin C and green tea. The term ‘antioxidants’ tends to be confusing, but the easiest way to think about what vitamin C and green tea do for your skin is this: It’s like putting lemon juice on an apple. It’s slowing the oxidation process. In simple terms, it stops your skin from shriveling up and turning brown over time.”
Michael Borenstein, M.D., Ph.D., dermatologist, affiliated with RDK Melanoma Foundation
“Each time someone is exposed to the sun, it counts—whether you are trying to get a tan or simply doing anything outside. Time of day matters, so try and do outdoor activities earlier or later in the day for less sun exposure. I’m also a gigantic fan of sunprotective clothing.
BEACH PHOTO BY ALEXEY KUZMA/STOCKSY; TARA NAYAK HEADSHOT BY RACHEL LIU PHOTOGRAPHY; ALEKSANDRA AMBROZY HEADSHOT BY LAURA EATON; ELIZABETH JONES
HEADSHOT BY SOPHIE CÉCILE PHOTOGRAPHY; LEIGH-ANN DOLAN HEADSHOT COURTESY OF 3000BC; MICHAEL BORENSTEIN HEADSHOT BY MTDB PHOTOGRAPHY, JUPITER