When the temperatures rise, we bring out the skirts, shorts, tank tops and sandals. The vacations are already booked, and we can practically see ourselves sunbathing on the beach. But among those beach volleyball games, trips to the pool and summer barbecues, it’s all too easy to forget about one very important part of ourselves – our skin. It’s the body’s biggest organ, and during summer, it is often exposed to all kinds of harmful things, so we have to pay extra attention to protect it because sun damage will not only ruin the appearance of our skin, but it also poses a threat to our health.
Before we think about protecting our skin from outside influences, we have to make sure it’s getting everything it needs from the inside. Primarily, this means good hydration: eight cups of water per day should be your minimum goal, especially in the summer heat, when you are losing more water through sweat. You can also eat water-heavy fruits such as watermelon if you find plain water a bit boring. You also want to make sure you have a balanced diet, with all the needed nutrients and vitamins to keep you strong and healthy – because only healthy skin will have that beautiful glow.
This might be the most obvious tip of all, but it is also the most important one. Using sunscreen with high SPF will protect your skin from the harmful rays, and you should reapply it often, especially if you are entering and exiting the water. You might want to use organic sunscreen in Australia and other extremely sunny destinations, because if you are in that scorching sun, you will want to reapply often, and whenever something is going directly on your skin, you want it to be as natural as possible. If you feel like sunscreen is too heavy on your face underneath the makeup, you can also use a primer, moisturizer or foundation with an SPF to protect your face.
During the summer, especially if you are near the sea, you might feel your skin tightening and drying out. This is because the extreme heat is leaving your skin completely dry and you need to give it some moisture back. In the morning, make sure you apply a light, water-based moisturizer which will hydrate your skin without leaving you feeling like you have something sitting on your face all day. During the day, if you are not in a position to reapply moisturizer because of makeup, carry around a small mist bottle and spray your face whenever it feels dry. After you shower, show your body some love by moisturizing with a body milk.
The sun is out and the last thing in the world that you want to do is to cover yourself up. But, it’s a full-proof way to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Consider loose, wide-leg trousers, flowy shirts, maxi skirts and dresses or at least – a hat. Wearing loose-fitting, light material clothes is both fashionable and protective, so do yourself a favor and get into the boho vibe this season. And as good as sunbathing for hours may feel, or how the tan might make that dress look, you don’t want to spend too much time exposed to the direct rays. Try sunbathing in the morning and the afternoon, when the sun isn’t at its peak: it will still give you a nice tan, but it won’t burn you and damage your skin. If you are on the beach for the whole day or at a barbecue party, make sure you take breaks from the sun often and spend some time in the shade.
The next time you want to stay out in the sun for those two extra hours, or when you forget your sunscreen but still want to hit the beach – remember that the sunburn is definitely not worth it. Protect your skin so you can have it looking glowy and healthy for as long as you can!