Summer is in full effect and so is sunburn and sun-fried hair! As the temperatures go up, the amount of clothing we wear goes down. Our hair spends countless hours going from being drenched in saltwater, saturated with pool chlorine, and then baking in the scorching sun. While you’re out and about having fun in the sun, your skin and hair are silently screaming for some reprieve.
You can still look your best in your swimsuit, super-short shorts, or strapless sundress while your hair blows in the summer breeze without spending the other 10 months of the year in damage control. Keep reading for a few simple ways to protect your body while still maintaining your summer sexy.
Red or yellow, black or white—we ALL need sunscreen! Dark skin DOES burn in the sun and those with it CAN get skin cancer. Regardless of your skin tone, always wear a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it frequently. Sunscreen helps protect you from sunburn and certain forms of skin cancer caused by UVB rays. Dark skin may burn slower due to the higher amounts of melanin in it, but it still burns—and melanin does nothing to protect you from skin cancer. Nobody wants your flaky, sunburnt skin blowing off in the breeze and floating in their poolside pink lemonade.
Don’t forget your lips! Basking in the sun, riding the ocean waves, and sipping Mojitos by the pool all suck the moisture right out of your lips. Dry, burnt, cracked lips will seriously damage your summer sexy. Carry a tube of SPF lip balm and use it every hour or so to keep your lips supple and hydrated.
Acting shady is a good thing. Your skin, eyes, and hair will actually appreciate your throwing them some shade to give them a break from the summer heat.
- Shade your eyes with a cool pair of UVB/UVA blocking sunglasses.
- Carry a towel, blanket, or light jacket to cover up exposed areas periodically.
- Cover your hair with a sexy scarf wrap or brimmed hat like a baseball cap or floppy beach hat that can also block the sun from your face.
- Head inside for a few minutes to cool off and give your whole body a break from the heat.
Eat, drink, and be merry. Whether you’re going hard in a game of beach volleyball or just relaxing on a beach towel while reading the latest James Patterson thriller, the sun can quickly drain energy out of you. Make sure you’re eating healthy meals regularly throughout the day and carrying energy-boosting snacks with you if you’re going to be out for a while. And do I really have to tell you the importance of staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day? Not only does being in the sun cause you to sweat out massive amounts of much needed hydration, but so does that case of Corona by the pool. Having to be rushed to the emergency room for dehydration might be a real damper on your pool party.
Take care of yourself this summer—your body will thank you for it!
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