Summer is in full swing and we tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, especially with the festive season’s pool and beach parties. So what measures should you take to protect your skin?
Sunblock is critical no matter what your age, but there are other steps you should take beyond that to keep your skin not only looking beautiful, but also nourished and protected.
Jeanine Visser from Ey Spa in Cape Town, offers 6 tips on protecting your skin during the harsh African summer days.
1. If you are in the sun for too long the ultraviolet (UV) rays will damage your skin. The best way to avoid this is to stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm when the rays are at their strongest. A nice trick to calculate how much UV exposure you are getting is to use the shadow rule: a shadow that is longer than you are means UV exposure is lower and a shadow that is shorter than you are means the UV exposure is high.
2. When using sunscreen, use one with a SPF of at least 20 to help protect against sun exposure. Perspiring mean that you must reapply regularly, and always reapply after swimming. A great product to use is Nimue, a South African skincare range, which offers a lightweight, non-oily SPF 40 cream that protects against both UVB (that causes sunburn) and UVA (that causes aging). Reapply this every two hours, and even more frequently if you’re perspiring or it’s windy. You can make sunscreen application easy to remember by making it a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth – keep a bottle with your toiletries so that applying every day becomes a habit.
3. Using a barrier cream with your sunscreen is a must. Nimue also offers a barrier cream with a SPF20 to enhance the skin’s protective ability. It forms a thin, breathable film on the surface of the skin that acts as an invisible glove. Products are available for adults and children.
4. Your lips can burn just as easily as the rest of your skin. To avoid sore lips and those nasty cold sores always wear a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher and reapply often.
5. All these layers of sunscreen applied daily can be quite heavy on your skin. Gently exfoliate two to three times a week to remove unwanted dead skin that may be clogging your pores.
6. Being in the sun can dehydrate you and dry out your skin. To prevent this, make sure you drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruit and fresh salads to keep you hydrated and nourished. This will have a great effect on your skin and leave you glowing from the inside out.
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