Summer is in full swing, and it’s a hot one! Even if you love the heat, dealing with the constantly rising temperatures and merciless sun and wreak havoc on your skin. Overexposure to the sun can lead to premature wrinkles and uneven skin tone—not to mention potentially fatal skin cancer. Protecting your skin during the summer heat is important to looking your best as well as protecting your health. So here are 5 tips to protect yourself throughout the summer.
Don’t Limit Sunscreen to the Beach
Most people are pretty good about slathering on the sunscreen when they put on their swimsuits. But you’re exposed to the sun every day—not just when hitting up the beach or the pool. So don’t just stick your sunscreen in your beach bag. Put it in your purse. Apply sunscreen any time you’re going to be out in the sun for a significant period.
Ideally, you should put on sunscreen every day, but we realize that this just isn’t realistic for most people. So at the very least, be sure to put some on if you’re going to spend more than 30 minutes outside. Whether you’re doing yard work, taking your kids to the park, or going on a long walk, put sunscreen on any exposed skin before you leave the house.
Protect Your Lips Too
Your lips need protection from the sun as well, so look for lip balms that offer SPF 30 or higher to keep your lips from getting dried out or baked by the sun. Apply your lip balm first, then top it off with your favorite shade of lipstick, LipLast, or a simple lip gloss. Or, if you’re going without makeup for the day, wear the lip balm all on its own—just don’t skip it!
Wear a Stylish Hat
Hats can offer extra protection for your face and neck, as well as being a stylish accessory. Of course, hats aren’t appropriate for all occasions, but if you’re going to be outside for a while, it’s always a good idea to pull on a cute hat—preferably one with a wider brim. This will help keep your face, neck, and ears out of the sun.
Reapply Every Two Hours
If you’re going to spend a good portion of the day in the sun, make sure you’re reapplying your sunscreen every two hours. If you’re swimming or sweating, reapply every hour. This will ensure maximum protection throughout the day.
Wear Foundation with Sun Protection
The skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your skin, and so it needs a little extra protection from the sun. So, even if you’re not going to spend a lot of time outside, you should be giving your face a little bit of protection every day. The simplest way to do this is with a low-SPF foundation, like Shine’s BB Cream. Our BB Cream offers SPF 15 protection to help protect your skin from everyday sun exposure.
You can wear this foundation over an oil-free sunscreen as well, if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside. Or, if you’re simply getting ready for a day of work, it can be worn on its own to give you a flawless finish with additional skin protection.
Summer is a great time of year, and many of us enjoy soaking up the sun’s warm rays. Just make sure that you’re not soaking up too much, and take the proper steps to keep your skin healthy and beautiful all summer long.