Sunny days are great but exposure to UV rays can age and damage your skin. Protecting your skin is key to a healthy, beautiful look.
Sun Care Basics
Sunscreen and body sprays can help prevent sunburn by protecting your skin against ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Ultraviolet radiation includes both UVA rays, which are thought to cause skin aging, and UVB rays, which are largely responsible for sunburn and skin cancers. Experts agree that most people should use a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher. If you have fair skin or burn easily, boost your SPF to 30 or higher. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant sunscreen that offers both UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen and lip-specific sunscreen to any exposed skin 30 minutes before venturing outdoors. Sunscreen and moisturizer products with aloe vera or aloe-based ingredients also help soothe irritated skin for those who have suffered a sunburn.
Summer Makeup TipsFoundation
Heavy matte makeup foundation looks and feels out of place in hot weather. Think about switching to a sheerer foundation during hotter months. You might want to try a foundation containing sun protection or a sunscreen that has foundation. Consider one shade for summer and a lighter one for winter, as many women are darker during the summer months.Tinted Moisturizer
Summer activities and sweating can strip moisture from your skin so it is important to moisturize several times a day if you feel it is needed. During the summer, tinted moisturizers are a good replacement for your regular foundation. Lighter than foundation, tinted moisturizers cover flaws and feel less cakey. For many, tinted moisturizers are more comfortable than foundation, which can seem to melt in the hot sun.Self-tanner
Self-tanners (also known as sunless tanners) are a great way to get a tan look without exposing your skin to damaging UV rays. They are a particularly good option for those whose skin is uneven or naturally pale. It is recommended that you choose a self tanner product that is slightly darker than your own skin colour. For example, choose a light or medium tone if you have very light skin. After your tanner fully develops, apply tinted moisturizer.Bronzer
Apply bronzer with a light hand over the summer months. If you find it’s not enough, apply a second layer.Eyes
To keep eyeshadow from running into your eyelid crease, prime your lids with an eyeshadow base. A quality base should hold your eyeliner, but to ensure it doesn't rub off on lids, apply eyeshadow over the line to set it. During warmer months consider a liquid liner, which is much less likely to run in warm weather. Eye creams that contain SPF should be applied when you moisturize during your morning routine.Lips
Lipstick or a colourless lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher can protect your lips from the heat and sun damage.Waterproof Makeup
Products like waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner are great for preventing smudging in hot, sweat-inducing weather. Dab on a waterproof concealer in a colour that matches your skin to cover blemishes and the dark rings under your eyes. Colour your lips with a waterproof lip pencil. At night, remove waterproof makeup with cotton pads soaked in baby oil or a makeup remover designed for waterproof cosmetics.
It is important to apply sunscreen every day, whether it's sunny or cloudy, and regardless of the temperature. Re-apply sunscreen and lip-specific sunscreen every two hours – even if your sun protection is waterproof. Re-apply more often if you've been sweating or after towelling off.
Hydrated skin means healthy skin and a healthier body. Consider these hydration tips:
- Daily application of a hydrating cream or lotion soothes dryness, locks in moisture and promotes the overall health of your skin. Consider a lotion that contains natural ingredients, vitamins, antioxidants and essential oils like jojoba and rosemary.
- Drink liquids throughout the day (but avoid alcohol’s diuretic properties), even if you aren't thirsty. Consuming fruits and vegetables also restores hydration.
- Drink before, during and after athletic and physical activity, as a lot of fluid is lost through sweat. Sports drinks help to replenish minerals and glucose to your body.
- As the sun's rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., try to remain indoors during this time if possible. If you go outside, protect your skin with clothing that covers, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.