Winter has just left us and Spring’s weather is already looking to be extremely hot leading into Summer.
Not only that but our December holidays will be upon us soon and most people will be out and about enjoying the Summer sun.
Below are a few tips to remember with regards to sunburn, which can be extremely painful.
Wide Brim Sun Hats
These have become quite rather popular in their different designs, materials, textures and accents or accessories.
Personally I have a small collection,which is growing every year it seems.
They offer great protection for your face and neck and should be a staple in your summer wardrobe if you’re spending hours in the sun.
By now we all should be knowing that come rain, snow, sunshine, hail, etc we all need to be using a sunscreen everyday!!
Every one of us has different needs with regards to the SPF needed for our skin types.
During Winter its fine to use a lower SPF, however in Summer you will need a higher SPF due to the sun being so hot.
Not only that, but we do tend to spend long periods of time in the sun and over exposure leads to loss of moisture in the skin and this is where sunscreens come in.
A good sunscreen has a ‘built-in’ moisturiser. If you cannot find one, than use a moisturising cream/lotion on your skin before you apply your sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen every 2 hours if you are outside as this will help prevent sunburn and loss of moisture from the skin.
It is essential to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, and not just your face. Areas such as the back of your neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands & feet should all get some sunscreen.
Another reason to apply sunscreen, other than having sunburn, is that most sunscreens provides protection against UVA and UVB rays.
UVA rays are said to cause premature ageing and UVB rays mainly causes sunburn on the skin.
I find using waterproof sunscreens with 30SPF (Sun Protection Factor) works for normal to combination skin, and these are usually spray on, creams or lotions.
For oily skin, gel based sunscreen does work but not for extended time in the sun.
For dry skin, sunscreen moisturisers with a matte finish is recommended especially if you are going to be wearing makeup.
If you have very sensitive skin or you need a sunscreen for your kids, consult your dermatologist for one that is best suited to you or your kids skin types.
Also remember that the higher the SPF is, the more effective it is. SPF does matter when the user is exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
The more expensive a sunscreen is, does not mean it is necessarily better than a cheaper brand, as long as it has protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Light Cover Ups
We all love having that golden glow of a healthy tan, however, be sure to have light cover up tops for yourself and especially for kids on hand.
Even though you might have applied layers of sunscreen, your skin will darken if left exposed for hours upon hours in the sun.
We also should be careful as overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer and rosacea as well as many other skin conditions.
Many women, especially cancer survivors, have taken to wearing the Burkini, which is a full body cover swimming suit, not unlike a wetsuit used for diving, but of a softer material.
It consists of a long, long sleeved top with an attached hood to cover your hair and a tights-like pants. It has a growing popularity currently and serves as an alternative to swimming in a t-shirt and long pants, and its definitely more stylish.
If that doesn’t appeal to you, the alternative is still out there, such as lightweight long sleeve tops and loose pants, long summer dresses with perhaps a bolero or very light sweater of sorts, etc.
A beach umbrella is also recommended for shade if the sun gets too hot, which it does between the hours of 10AM and 2PM.
I am including spritzers in this list as they are fabulous at cooling & refreshing on your skin. Remember to re-apply your sunscreen after using the spritzer.
Sunburn Aids & Remedies
In the event you do get sunburn, the Aloe plant stalks are great to use. Simply break the stalk off the plant and squeeze the gel-like substance directly on to the skin to sooth it. Aloe gel bought from a pharmacy in would also work.
Aftersun creams and lotions are also very good at reducing the effects of sunburn.
1} To prevent sunburn itching and peeling, try this home remedy:
* Peel and mash 3-4 apricots
* Apply the mix to your face or sunburned area and leave on for 15 minutes
* Wash off with lukewarm water
2} Yogurt can be applied directly to the skin or on a piece of cloth soaked in yogurt. Leave it on until the yogurt dries and then rinse off with cool water and repeat.
3} Chilled cucumber slices should be place on the affected areas of sunburn. It will nourish the skin and stop inflammation.
Take a bath in warm water in which 2 cups of Baking Soda has been added.
4} Apple Cider Vinegar Spray: Pour apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, do not substitute with other vinegar as it will not work, and spray your skin. Rinse with cool water.
(these tips were recommended to me, and they’ve worked.)