Summer’s finally here…hooray!
Naturally, this means most of us spend more time outside. As much as we would love to soak up the sun all day long, overexposure can be damaging to your health and skin. A staggering 90% of skin ageing, including wrinkles, are caused by exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays over time.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. The sun has many advantages, such as being a source of Vitamin D, an essential vitamin for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. It also helps us to release the “feel-good hormone” – endorphins.
Protect your pout
The sun’s UV rays cause the delicate skin tissue on the lips to dry and can impact on the production of collagen on your lips, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.
Applying a protective lip balm regularly throughout the day will keep your lips hydrated and protected. Opt for SPF 15 or higher to ensure your lips are safe in the sun. Products that have a base of beeswax, petroleum jelly, or paraffin will seal moisture and stay on your lips longer in comparison to thinner balms.
Sun-proof your skin
Ever been out and about and caught a tan or burnt without realising? Guilty! Even when it’s cloudy the sun’s rays can still catch us off guard. Absolutely vital to protecting your skin is applying a high quality SPF protection daily.
Choose a high factor sunscreen that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to allow time for the product to absorb into the skin and re-apply every few hours or as needed. If you’re unsure about applying sunscreen to your face in case it ruins your make-up, don’t worry. There are plenty of foundations and compact powder brands that contain SPF, so opt for one of those in the summer months.
The windows to your soul
One of the first places we begin to show signs of ageing are around our eyes. The skin surrounding them is thin and delicate so you need to handle them with care. It is particularly important to take care of your eyes when in the sun if you want to limit the signs of ageing.
It’s not just ageing we have to take into consideration, it’s also our health. UV rays can contribute to the development of certain eye diseases and cataracts. Keep them protected by avoiding looking directly at the sun and by wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats. Luckily large sunnies are in fashion at the moment, so you can’t go wrong.
What about those luscious locks?
The summer months can take its toll on your hair. Sun, salt, sand and chlorine can cause your hair to become dry, dehydrated and frizzy.
Keep your locks tamed and your scalp protected with sun protective sprays and by wearing a hat in the midday heat. Cutting back on shampooing during the warmer months will maintain the natural oils that your hair produces which protects it from the sun.
Feeling fruity? Treat your taste busts as well as your skin to a delicious snack of melon! It’s rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion. According to experts, cantaloupe is the melon of choice for gorgeous summer skin. But watermelon is a particular favourite of mine, and contains loads of, well, water, to help you keep hydrated.
Hydrate and glow
When it’s hot our body loses more water than it usually would, so it’s important to stay topped up in the summer months.
It is the most essential nutrient our body needs to stay healthy and it is also one of the best anti-ageing tools too. Drinking an adequate amount will give you softer, moister skin. But if your skin is dry and dehydrated, it will emphasise existing lines and wrinkles.
If you find drinking water bland, add a slice of lemon! Not only will it add flavour, but it’s also a powerful anti-oxidant and has an inner-cleansing power.
My best summer tip?
Get your brows and eyeliner applied to save the smudges and leave you looking gorgeous from the beach to the evening out. Well, who can be bothered to put a full face of makeup on when it’s hot?!
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