Skincare Tips for Fun in the Sun

How many of you are ready to wave goodbye to the cold,dreary winter?  I don’t know about you but for me there is no better season (other than through allergies!) than spring.  And, with the arrival of warm sunny days many of us will soon hit the parks, beaches and pools in search of a sun-kissed glow? But, before you head out for some fun in the sun, it’s essential to ensure that your skin is well-prepared and protected. So, without further ado, here’s your ultimate guide to skincare tips for fun in the sun.

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Preparing Your Skin for Sunbathing

  1. Exfoliate: Start your sunbathing journey by exfoliating your skin. This helps remove dead skin cells, allowing for a smoother and more even tan. Use an exfoliating scrub or a dry body brush to slough off any rough patches.  Learn more about the benefits of dry body brushing here
  2. Hydrate: Hydrated skin tans more evenly and retains its glow for longer. Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your sunbathing session to keep your skin well-hydrated from the inside out.  If you struggle to drink plain water be sure to check out our delicious infused water options
  3. Moisturise: Keep your skin moisturised with a nourishing body lotion  or oil. Pay extra attention to areas prone to dryness, such as elbows, knees, and heels. Hydrated skin not only tans better but also helps prevent sun damage.
  4. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants: Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your diet, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Antioxidants help protect your skin from free radical damage caused by sun exposure, reducing the risk of premature ageing.   Learn more about nourshing your body with superfoods here

Skincare Tips for Fun in the Sun

  1. Sunscreen is your best friend: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, arms, and legs. Don’t forget about commonly overlooked areas like your ears and the tops of your feet. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating.
  2. Seek Shade: While soaking up the sun can be delightful, it’s essential to take breaks in the shade, especially during peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Find a shady spot under a tree or bring along a beach umbrella to minimise sun exposure.
  3. Cover Up: Protect your skin with lightweight long-sleeved clothing, wide brimmed hats  , and sunglasses with UV protection Clothing with a tight weave offers better protection against harmful UV rays. Consider wearing a swim shirt or rash guard for added sun protection while swimming.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can exacerbate sun damage and lead to dry, flaky skin. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and replenish lost fluids due to sun exposure.  Use  insulated water bottles to keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours. 
  5. After-Sun Care: After spending time in the sun, soothe your skin with a cooling after sun or an aloe vera gel..This helps calm inflammation and hydrate the skin, minimising the risk of sunburn and peeling.

Remember, while achieving a sun-kissed glow can be enjoyable, it’s crucial to prioritise sun safety and protect your skin from harmful UV rays.  Sun exposure can cause premature ageing, sunburn, and increase the risk of skin cancer. With these skincare tips, you can enjoy your time in the sun while keeping your skin healthy and radiant. Here’s to a sun-safe and sun-kissed summer.

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