While these sunny, summer days might make you feel carefree, you shouldn’t entirely throw caution to the wind. Your health —particularly your skin health—is important to keep tack of in these summer months.
Even when the sun’s behind the clouds, your skin can still be damaged by its harsh rays. Keep in mind that it doesn’t need to be scorching hot in order to get a bit rosy, so be sure to take measures to protect your skin, whether under sun or cloud. Here are 4 ways to save your skin from sun damage, regardless of the temperature.
1. Wear Sunscreen
Duh! Of course right? Well, i still have to remind you…lol. Number one for preventing skin damage from the sun is to wear a daily SPF, which protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Even though a facial moisturiser with an SPF 15, is a good place to start, it might not give you enough protection when you take into consideration how long you would spend in the sun. It’s been recommended by professionals that you should wear an SPF 30. You should also consider upping that number for your body if you’re spending the day lounging on the beach too.
2. Eat Foods that Boost Your Natural SPF
Well! We’ve all heard of particular superfoods that offer skin-enhancing properties, but did you know that certain foods assist in boosting your skin’s natural protection from the sun? A recent study shows that one of these foods proven to boost your natural SPF is tomatoes — particularly tomato paste. Other foods that lessen your chances of sunburn include green tea, fatty fish, dark chocolate, pomegranate and watermelon. So, keep that in mind and enhance your diet with these foods.
3. Wear a Hat to Shade Your Face
Wearing wide-brimmed hat in the sun isn’t just a fashion statement, it’s a simple way to keep your face out of the harmful rays of the sun. Not only does this prevent a nasty sunburn, it also keeps you looking and feeling youthful and stylish! Its advantageous all round. So, rock it girl!
4. Wear UV-Rated Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes
The thin, delicate skin around your eyes is some of the most sensitive skin on your body—and one of the most common for showing signs of ageing and sun damage. Wear sunglasses labelled to block 99% of UV rays to help prevent skin damage to these crucial, all-telling areas.
Being carefree in the summer is a fabulous way to be—but taking care of your self is even more fabulous. Get out there and enjoy the sun in a totally wrinkle-free and safe way. You’ll thank me in 10 years.