Summertime is all about taking advantage of beautiful weather and enjoying all sorts of outdoor fun in the sun! Just don’t let skin safety be the last thing on your mind.
The sun offers us several health benefits. Namely, it can brighten our mood and provide a significant amount of Vitamin D. Still, it is important to be cautious of getting too much sun.
Harmful UV-ray exposure leads to sunburns, blisters, rashes and the formation of freckles. Over time, increased exposure to sunlight can even lead to a more serious breakdown of our skin. Wrinkles, skin discoloration, tumors and cancer are just some of the detrimental consequences.
It’s never too late to start protecting your skin from damage. Whether you are at the beach, riding your bike, or simply taking a long walk, be sure to practice these safety measures:
- Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher
- Avoid exposure during peak sunning hours (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
- Wear protective clothing to cover sensitive areas, like your face, shoulders and legs
- Moisturize frequently, especially after sun exposure, to keep skin cells fresh and to prevent dry skin
Take these precautionary steps to keep your skin looking rejuvenated and healthy. After all, it is the only skin you’ve got!
Blackberry-Lime Tea Granita
Makes: 3 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: Approximately 6 hours 20 minutes
- 6 ounces fresh blackberries
- 1 tablespoon tea leaves (preferably green or white tea)
- 1 cup water
- 3 splenda packets
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 ounce fresh mint
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Pour mixture into a blender and puree until smooth.
- Use a strainer and press juice from the solids into a baking dish. Discard solids.
- Cover and freeze, scraping with periodically (about every hour).
- Serve with a fresh mint sprig and lime!
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 35 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 10 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 0 g Protein
Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light
Article originally published on the Pathmark Nutrition Tip Blog