Living in Australia, sun awareness is something that has only come to light in recent years. I will admit, I have been as careless as anyone else- hitting the beach without sunscreen, burning myself to a crisp. But what’s the end game here? To look tanned for a few years in exchange for leathery skin when I am older, or even skin cancer?
As I get older, I am realizing more and more the need for protecting your skin, especially after both my granddad and father found skin cancers. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about the tan, and we certainly need the sun for Vitamin D, plus what Aussie doesn’t love some sun, surf and sand, but I think the key here is moderation, and making sure you protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays as best you can, without compromising enjoying yourself.
Hence, my first beauty New Years resolution- Summer Skincare, with some of my top tips to stick to below. It’s not just about sun protection though, with the climate and weather conditions its important to look after everything, from top to toe!
Let me know what your top tips are so I can add them to my list!
Sweating, sun, using products and general day to day serve to increase dead skin cells. Keep your skin fresh and looking its best with regular exfoliation. Use a good exfoliating scrub two to three times a week.
2. Replace Your Old Sunscreen
We all have those old tubes of sunscreen that float around the bathroom and your beach bag. These can dry out, expire and lose their effectiveness. Treat your skin with a fresh lotion each Summer season, it will love you for it!
3. Find a Foundation With SPF
Most foundations do come with SPF these days, but if yours doesn’t, head out (or online) to find a reasonable SPF that works for you. In summer I often like to use something with a lighter coverage, like a mineral foundation- but it all depends on what works for you. Your face is the most susceptible to sun damage and skin cancer so it is important to invest!
4. Sun Safe Tanning
I’ll be honest, I am not a huge fan of self tanner, but it is a means to an end and it is a whole lot better than skin cancer! The trick is to start light if you are pale and then you can work on colour as you choose. I personally tend to go to a salon as I am clumsy and always leave streaks but there are some amazing products on the market to do it at home. Make sure you exfoliate well (I cannot stress this enough) and go carefully around the knees and elbows. Please not, fake tan does not protect you from the sun, so if you go baking afterwards you still need to slip slop slap.
This goes for inside and outside your body! Make sure you are drinking plenty of water each day, as it improves your skin and flushes out toxins.
For your skin, make sure you moisturize with a good product, in summer it is nice to use one that is absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave any oily residue. My resolution is to stick to my routine, moisturize noon and night.
6. Love Your Lips
Your lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your face, and are also susceptible to dryness, irritation and sun damage. Pick up a lip balm with some sun protection to keep those lips luscious.
7. Hair Beware
As the mercury rises, so too do hemlines- it’s only natural! Thus the need for a little more attention down there (yes down there) as well as your legs and underarms.
If you shave, the more frequent sessions could mean irritating the skin, so make sure that your razor is sharp and replaced more regularly, and shave after you have been in the shower- as your hair follicles are softened up. Always use a shaving gel!
Image: Marie Claire Spain May 2012