Ahhh, summertime. As the saying goes; sun's out, bun's out! Warm weather, beach days, and fun in the sun guarantee more days outside enjoying the rays. But too much of a good thing can sometimes turn bad... so to prevent that, here are our top 5 tips to stay burn-free and healthy this summer!
In general, doctors recommend a minimum suncreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15, it's recommended to go higher, especially for the face; at at least SPF 30 for better protection. Choose a water-resistant with sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and try to reapply every two hours. I know what you're thinking - "I'm not reapplying sunscreen after all this contouring!" If that's what's holding you back, look for finishing powders with sunscreen in them, so you'd be able to dust it on your face without feeling like you're ruining all your make up. Oh and remember - sunscreen doesn't add up. Putting a product with SPF 10 and another with SPF 30 does not gives you only SPF 30 protection, not 40, so take note!
2) Wear protective clothing
So you may not want be looking to wear long sleeves out in the sun, but they're an option if you're totally against UV exposure. In general, dark-colored clothing provides more protection over light-colored fabrics. Tight is better than loose, and dry is better than wet. Easy peasy!
3) Accessorise with hats and sunnies
A great way to look summer ready is with sunnies and hats. They come in various shapes and sizes, so you'll always keep it fun (a wider brim is recommended for hats in summertime). They protect your scalp, face and eyes too, a total bonus!
4) Walk away from tanning beds
Never go into a tanning bed, seriously. Tanning beds emit ultraviolet light and are seriously damaging to your skin. Want that summer glow you've been lusting after? Head to a spray-tanning salon or buy your own home tanning products for an even cheaper alternative- lower price, lesser damage. It's a win-win!
5) Get a little shade
This may sound counter-intuitive when you're out and about, but yes, staying in the shade helps, especially when the sun's rays are at its harshest between 10am-4pm. If you're at the beach, a cute beach umbrella helps. Walking around? Take a break at a coffee shop with shade and people-watch while you sip your iced tea.
What do you think? How do you protect yourself from the sun? Any favourite products? We wanna hear about your tips, so leave a comment and stay hydrated ladies