Summer days are fast approaching and it won’t be long before the temperatures are rising. Just like you’d change your wardrobe to suit the time of year, it’s important to apply the same principles to your Summer skincare.
As the seasons change, the rising temperature will leave your skin with different needs to keep it looking hydrated and healthy. That’s why I have collated some essentialsummertime skin care tips - keeping your skin happy and healthy all summer long, no matter your skin type.
Can your hair get burnt in the sun?
Just like overusing a hair dryer (depending on your hair type) can cause significant damage to your hair, so can the sun’s rays. If you notice that your hair is starting to feel dryer, frizzier or brittle (almost like it feels like straw), it may be a sign that it’s damaged. Too much heat and dryness can also cause more breakage and split ends in your hair over time.
How to protect my hair against sun damage?
For the days when I know I will be outside a lot of the time, or maybe spending a few hours at the beach - I always add a few extra steps into my hair care routine. One of the easiest ways to protect your hair against sun damage is by coating it with a naturalhair & body oil at least 4 hours before going into direct sunlight. For when you do go outside (especially between 12-4pm ) also try to wear a hat. Not only does this protect your hair. but your scalp too - this is one of the most missed areas against sun protection and the most likely to get burnt.
How can you protect your skin from the sun naturally?
Most people underestimate the importance of staying hydrated. Dry skin prevention works from the inside out and drinking plenty of water throughout the day can ensure that your body produces enough natural oils and water to keep the skin hydrated.
I can't stress enough the negative effects overexposure to the sun can have. To best protect your skin, find the right sunscreen for you and limit the amount of time you spend in direct sunlight. Even though most people are aware of the importance of moisturising, many fail to do so. Keep in mind that your skin can dry out for many different reasons, and applying moisturiser can go a long way in preventing and tackling it.
How often should I use moisturiser?
Apply moisturiser whenever you leave the shower or bath, after you go swimming, before you step outside, even before you go to bed. A great tip in warmer months is putting yourbody lotion in the fridge - not only does it give a lovely cooling effect but also helps to soothe any redness if occurred.
The importance of sun protection:
When is it best to avoid direct sunlight?
Try toLimit your direct exposure to the sun, especiallybetween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. When you are out, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with wrap-around sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.
How often should you apply sun cream?
Wearing sunscreen is one of the best — and easiest — ways to protect your skin’s appearance and health at any age. Used regularly, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature ageing.
Always make sure to check expiration dates. Sun creams without an expiration date have a shelf life of no more than 3 years. Its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation ‘Regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent’.
I do hope this article has helped you and make sure to save this over the next upcoming months. As always, if you have any other questions on this please do reach out and I shall do my best to help.
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