Hi everyone. Some of you might be aware that I've been staying in an Intensive Care Unit for the past few weeks with a seriously ill family member. Not the words I ever wanted to be writing on here, but it is what it is. Amidst all the heartache, which continues to this day, I've been able to take some comfort in how amazing the people in the blogosphere are. Thank you to everyone that has sent me kind messages, and in particular, my friend Stacey from Beautiful Solutions, who reached out to me and offered to write this guest post today....
Five Tips For Protecting Your Skin in Summer
Admittedly July hasn't been the best month weather wise here in the UK, but I'm holding out hope for a sunny August and a final bit of sunshine before we trade in our sandals for boots in the autumn (already I'm seeing autumn themed blog posts cropping up, I'm SO not ready for it just yet!) While there's been a lot more cloud and rain than we'd have probably all liked it's still important to take sun protection into consideration, and take precautions against dangerous UV rays, sun damage and the general skin drying effects of the summer. Here are five tips for protecting your skin from the sun.
Invest in a Facial Sunscreen
Most sunscreens claim they can be used for both face and body, but do you really want to be applying such a thick and greasy product to your face? Sunscreens formulated for the face tend to be lighter and more easily absorbed, which will not only leave the skin looking less oily but are less likely to cause irritation or make existing conditions such as acne worse. It's always worth having separate facial sunscreen as you can go for a higher SPF too, as facial skin is more delicate and prone to burning and premature aging.
Use Makeup With Added SPF
When it comes to sun protection products, you can't 'layer up' to increase the SPF- for example putting on a sunscreen with SPF 20 and a BB cream with SPF 20 over the top won't give you SPF 40. However that doesn't mean you shouldn't layer up products to give you the best coverage. Foundations, bb creams, lip balms and face powders that have a sun protection built in are handy seeing as you're probably going to be wearing them anyway. Something like Bareminerals Natural Sunscreen is good to have in your bag to top up with, as it provides extra sun protection while keeping away shine throughout the day. Don't rely solely on makeup to shield your skin, but instead think of it as an additional layer of protection.
Check the Use By Dates
The chemicals in sunscreens that make them effective degenerate over time, there's no point using an sunscreen when the SPF is no longer effective. It's not just a case of throwing out everything you have each year, instead look at the labels and expiration dates and go by those instead. Anything that has changed colour or consistency is definitely one for the bin, and if you're unsure just replace it- it's not worth getting a painful sunburn over!
Sunglasses and a Hat
Over time UV rays can cause catarracts and macular degeneration in the eyes- pretty terrifying and something that should definitely make any of you serial sunbathers think twice! Oversized sunglasses are most effective at protecting the delicate under eye area from premature aging, and so choose the biggest pair that suit your face. A sun hat will shade your eyes and face as well as protect your scalp from sunburn.
Find a Shady Spot
Try keeping out of the sun during the hottest times of the day (between around noon and 3pm) and instead find a shady spot to sit. I often find that even with plenty of sunscreen the sun can still sizzle me on a hot day and so the only way to avoid being burned is by keeping out of it at the hottest times. At the very least go for lightweight clothing items that cover the skin- particularly the chest, shoulders and back if you're not able to keep out of it completely.
Hopefully I won't be away from the blog for too long, but until I'm back go and check out stacey's amazing work here. You won't be disappointed I promise!
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