Jun 22, 2010
In case you haven’t noticed… summer has arrived! You may be a little busy at work or finishing up the school year to notice, or you may have already planned trips for the whole season. Either way, you need to make sure you and your skin are ready for the change in weather and the hot summer sun. So, I’ve summed up your summer skin survival guide in three quick tips.
Tip #1: Keep those kissers kissable! Some of us neglect our lips, but they are almost always exposed. Stay away from shiny lip glosses. I know they make your lips look fuller, but they can really do more harm than good. A chapstick, or lip balm, or even lipstick with SPF 15 is ideal year-round.
Tip #2: Invest in some new shades. Sunglasses can really do more than add to your style. The right pair can actually protect your eyes from harmful effects of the sun. While UVA rays may be absorbed within the lens of the eye, UVB rays over the years has been suggested to cause cataracts. Be sure to find a pair, though, that are labeled “UV 400” or “100% UV protection.”
Tip #3: SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN! Apply it 20-30 minutes before you step out into the sun, even in places you think are protected by clothing. For daily protection, SPF 15 will do the job but if you happen to have sensitive skin and you burn readily, using SPF 30 would be your best bet. Even if you don’t burn easily, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use sunscreen. You still want to make sure the UVA rays don’t damage your skin. Be sure to reapply every 2 hours. If you perspire from activity or are in water, I would suggest reapplying every 90 minutes, even if your sunscreen is waterproof.
Remember, taking care of your skin doesn’t have to get in the way of getting dolled up! Wearing make-up can help block UV light, but it cannot protect your face in a way to prevent skin damage. Just put on sunscreen first, or a moisturizer with SPF 15+, wait a bit for it to set in, then apply your makeup like usual.
Wherever the wind blows you, keeping these three tips in mind will let you enjoy your summer without having to worry about chapped lips, sensitive eyes or leathery skin! It’s that simple.