According to the calendar, we just celebrated the official start of summer, although in Florida it seems the calendar may be a bit behind. No matter where you live, summer is a time of fun, sun and sometimes sunburns. Too much sun can make our skin age prematurely, not to mention the extreme threat of skin cancers.
It is tempting to let ourselves bake in the sun for the sake of having a deep golden tan to show off when we wear our summer sundresses. Suntans seem synonymous with summer fashion, but that may be quite out dated. There are many safe products on the market today, such as tinted lotions and sprays, which can give our skin a beautiful golden tanned appearance without the harmful effects of sun exposure.
It is important to always wear sunscreen when outdoors, especially with direct sun exposure. There are confusing claims with many sunscreen products. Apparently SPF only refers to protection from UVB rays which can cause sunburn, but not to the UVA rays which can cause skin cancer. It is suggested that you apply an ounce of sunscreen every two hours in 15 minute intervals for proper protection; however different products suggest different applications. Check with your doctor for suggested products to use as well as their application frequency. It wouldn’t hurt to visit a dermatologist regularly as well to help in skin cancer prevention.
We all have our summer beauty rituals; here are a few of mine:
- Wear lots of sunscreen as mentioned above.
- Get a good hat (fashionable of course) with a large brim to cover your face and top of head.
- Wear fashionable, UV filter sunglasses. (squinting causes wrinkles)
- Drink at least 8 ounces of water a day. (more if consuming summer cocktails!)
- Protect your lips against sun and wind burn. (yes, wind burns too)
- Stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Use extra conditioner in your hair. (especially at the ends)
- Avoid direct sun between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Moisturize your skin at least twice a day.
- Eat foods high in antioxidants. (those beautiful brightly-colored foods)
And dress for comfort girls! It’s hot. A little color on the legs and you can go without hose, just make sure you have shaved and moisturized. Sundresses and strappy tops are cute and feminine, so work those weights and tone those arms. Updos are very attractive and work with every fashion ensemble. Just be comfortable. We always look better when we feel better and we feel better when we look better.
I would love to hear your summer beauty tips as well. Reply to this post with your summer suggestions to maintain summer beauty, safely.
~Teri Brunton, Sassy Shirtz