Summer is here! What better way to welcome it than by going to the beach and enjoying the sun? We know that sometimes it is hard to find a good way to protect yourself from the sun and the heat, so here are 6 of our best tips to help you care for your skin this summer:
Packed with antioxidants and hydrating water, it’s no wonder watermelon is one of the most popular fruits to eat in the summer. Its high vitamin content can help with digestive issues and skin infections, and protect you from cancer.
Researchers from Newcastle University found that lycopene in tomatoes reduces your skin’s sensitivity to sun and raises the skin’s natural sun protection. Tomato salad anyone?
Creams and Serums:
Getting your fix of antioxidants is now easier than ever, you can find specific antioxidant creams and oils that you can apply topically to any part of your body. Find some in your nearest cosmetics store or pharmacy. But remember, the best way to protect and care for your skin is from the inside, with a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables which provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
For your face:
Everyone knows it’s important to apply sunscreen to the most delicate skin—your face. If you don’t apply it regularly, you’re at higher risk of getting burns across your cheekbones and your nose. Don’t forget your hands and neck as well. Applying sunscreen regularly makes you less likely to suffer from dry skin or painful peeling.
Protect your eyes:
Some sunscreens can be too harsh for the delicate skin around your eyes and can cause irritation. However, you can now find eye creams that are bursting with antioxidants and have a light texture that easily absorbs into the skin under and around your eyes.
For your scalp:
Long hair can protect your scalp from UV rays. However, your parting line is not entirely protected all the time. Make sure you reapply your sunscreen regularly so you don’t miss out on the fun, and spray some of it on your hairline to make sure you are covered from head to toe.
For your legs:
Many believe that just because you are in the ocean or the pool and your legs are cool, that they will not get burnt. This is far from the truth. When you go for a swim, make sure you lather some sunscreen on those long legs to make sure you don’t get awkward tan lines or itchy sun burns.
Obviously you can’t go wrong with drinking water, not only is it a great way to maintain your summer body and keep your weight in check, it will cool you down through the heat. Make sure you always have a bottle of water in hand. However, don’t leave plastic bottles of water in the car for too long, as heat and direct sunlight can cause the chemicals in plastic to leach into the water.
Not only will this cool you off on a hot day, some doctors claim that taking a cold shower after sweating can decrease the risk of acne breakouts. Cool off your body and your pores!
When you go to the beach this summer, put your face mist in your ice box to keep it cool and spray it regularly on your face and body to keep yourself fresh. Some face mists even have herbal extracts like green tea, which works as an antioxidant and protects the outer layer of your skin.
We bet you didn’t know that strawberries can make your skin radiant from both inside and outside. Some celebrity beauticians recommend that you use strawberries to brighten sunspots and age spots on your face. You can eat them, but what also works is cutting a strawberry in half, poking the flesh with a fork, and massaging it in your face in small circular motions. After a few minutes, wash it off and voila—softer and refreshed skin, naturally.
Eat your SPF:
Evidence shows that eating vitamin C and E together can help protect you from sunburn. Perhaps this is why fruit seems so tempting when we lounge by the pool. Go for fruits such as berries, tomatoes, and oranges, which contain lots of vitamin C, and pair them with vitamin E-rich nuts such as almonds or peanuts, for a snack that delivers a high dose of SPF!
5. Cover up
Protect your lips:
There are many products you can use to protect your lips from drying or becoming chapped from the heat. Use lip balms and lipsticks that have a SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply regularly when you’re outdoors. Why not give La Prairie’s Ultra Protection Stick a try? It not only keeps your lips hydrated but you can also apply it to the rest of your face.
Powder your nose:
Plenty of make-up products use SPF to keep your skin protected and flawless all day. Now, some sunscreens come in mineral form, so you can feel as if you are applying powder to your face, but you are actually applying natural sunscreen in the bathroom mirror.
Wear big hats:
The bigger the better! While wearing a big hat is not going to fully protect you, it will keep some of the harmful UV rays away from your forehead and eyes.
This is one of the biggest issues we face today. How long do you need to stay out in the sun to get the recommended dose of vitamin D? Experts estimate that if you live in a hot climate like Qatar, you need between 2-4 hours a month daymonth of sunlight exposure. This also means avoiding the sun really early in the morning where the UV rays are strong, and around midday when the sun is directly above you and the UV rays are strongest.
So what are you waiting for? Get those bathing suits out and enjoy some sun by the beach this weekend!