What are the effects of sun and environmental damage to our skin?

The UV rays from the sun destroy the building blocks of your skin – collagen and elastin. This causes wrinkling and sagging.
Pollution is also problematic for skin, in more ways than one. Air pollutants can affect the skin’s ability to retain moisture levels causing skin to become dry and scaly. These two things can disturb the skin’s regulatory system.

Here are the some great tips for skin protection.

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat foods rich in antioxidants.
  • Have a rainbow coloured plate of food.
  • Opt for genuine natural skin products.

Your skin plays a vital role in protecting your body, so it’s important to take steps to promote skin health inside and out.

Firstly let’s start from the inside.

We recommend;

  • Solgar V2000. A high potency multivitamin and mineral formula providing broad spectrum nutritional support for daily vitality.
  • Vitamin C – not only does it protect the immune system it is also essential for the repair of all body tissues and the formation of collagen. It is a powerful antioxidant and helps with elasticity of the skin.
  • An antioxidant – a berry rich vitamin such as Lifestream’s Essential Berries.


Now let’s talk about the outside.

We recommend

  • Sunscreen – Pure Shade sunscreen 50 + UVA and UVB protection.  This should be part of your daily routine.
  • Living Nature cleanse, tone and moisturize.
  • Living Nature body lotion and shower gel.
  • Living Nature shampoo and conditioner.


Why do we recommend Living Nature? It’s 100% natural, uniquely New Zealand.

The hero ingredient in Living Nature is Manuka Honey. It is nature’s miracle healer and Manuka oil is a powerful skin protector.

We would also recommend Oasis sunscreen for the whole family.

All these products can be found at all our Health for Life stores.

Stay Safe in the Summer Sun

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer there is.

It is largely preventable by reducing exposure to the sun.

The obvious choice would be to avoid the sun at all costs, however, that is not practical nor warranted as we need the sun to get the precious Vitamin D.

The sun emits two types of ultraviolet UV radiation that reaches our skin.

UVA and UVB, both damage unprotected skin, but how they go about doing this differs.

UVA rays are considered to be the sun’s silent killer, unlike UVB rays. We do not feel the effects of UVA rays damaging our skin.  UVA rays are the cause of tanning, and unless you burn first , getting a tan isn’t painful – but those unfelt UVA rays are reaching deep into the skin, causing havoc with every layer.

UVA rays penetrate farther into the skin than UVB rays, steadily destroying key substances in the skin that gives it its firmness and elasticity. UVA is the leading cause of wrinkles and a cause of or major contributor to every type of skin cancer.

One more difference is that UVA rays penetrate glass, while UVB rays do not.

The SPF rating on sunscreen is related to UVB rays.  To ensure adequate protection from UVA as well as UVB look for a sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” which indicates been tested and permitted to make the claim.

Moisturising Brightening Sunscreen

  • SPF 50+ Very high protection
  • Broad spectrum – UVA and UVB protection*
  • Independently tested and passed by Dermatest Australia to AS/NZS 2604:2012 Standard
  • Ultra-light luxury formulation protects and illuminates.
  • 2 products in 1 – is both a brightening moisturiser and a sunscreen Made in NZ with NZ ingredients Manuka, Pohutukawa, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed), and Kiwifruit.
  • 80ml custom designed luxury gold and black airless pump bottle.
  • 15 ml Tube

Sunscreen Tips

  • Even on cloudy days up to 80% of the sun’s harmful rays reach the earth
  • Use plenty – studies have shown that the average person uses 1/2 the amount of sunscreen needed for full protection
  • Apply to dry skin 15 to 30 mins before going outdoors – make sure you apply enough over the whole body.  Apply evenly and don’t forget the lips, ears, feet, bald spots, back of the neck and under straps and glasses
  • Reapply after sweating, swimming or towelling off and/or after about 2 hours
  • Pack sunscreen in children’s bags and ask them to re-apply before going outdoors for recess and lunch time.  Babies should keep out of the direct sunlight
  • Wear a hat. Make it a habit to leave the hat at the door and put it on every time you leave the house
  • Minimize sun exposure to between 10am and 4pm
  • Wear protective eye wear. Sunglasses with UV filters are very important
  • Check your medications. Some medications may cause increased sensitivity to the sun.  This is also the case when taking St. John’s Wort
  • Discourage the use of tanning devices – these may damage skin and eyes as much as direct sunlight

Astaxanthin and Skin Health

One of the reasons why salmon roe is red in colour has to do with the high levels of astaxanthin that it contains. Astaxanthin has powerful UV-blocking properties that help protect the fish eggs from sun-related damage. Taking astaxanthin can also provide humans with similar health benefits. As a side benefit, the antioxidant has also been shown to reduce wrinkles, and to improve skin moisture levels.


Lifestream AstaZan™ is a unique extract with astaxanthin, a natural substance that has very powerful and far-reaching antioxidant benefits. Studies have shown it to be considerably more effective at free radical scavenging than Beta carotene, Grape Seed, Vitamin C & Vitamin E.

It brings a new level of effectiveness and is unlike any other antioxidant as it also helps with sun protection and exercise recovery.

Lifestream AstaZan is active throughout the entire body. The unique structure of the active component allows it to pass the “blood-brain barrier”, meaning it can deliver antioxidant benefits directly to the brain, eyes and nervous system as well as the rest of the body.

Lifestream AstaZan also helps recycle other antioxidants including vitamin E, beta carotene, lycopene and glutathione switching them back “on” and prolonging their functional life.


  • Helps limit sunburn by helping to protect from ultraviolet radiation.
  • Helps recovery time after exercise
  • Is considerably more effective than Vitamin E as an antioxidant
  • Uniquely crosses the ‘blood-brain barrier’ to deliver antioxidants directly to the brain, eyes and nervous system.
  • Has superior antioxidant activity against free radical damage