Summer is here and along with the warmer climate, comes a different set of rules for our skin and hair. The sun is nature’s best source of Vitamin D therefore it’s essential to our health. Too much of a good thing however, is not a great idea. While you may be tempted to get your tan on and spending endless time on the beach or swimming pool there are a few things you need to consider.
Here are some of our best tips:
- • First off, there is no negotiating sun block. Ever. Too much exposure to the sun not only causes skin to burn and peel but there are long term effects as well. Melonoma (skin cancer) is one of the most common threats of over-exposure. Although people with lighter skin have a higher risk of developing Melonoma, it is a great risk to anyone who spends too much time in the sun. Try to avoid direct sunlight as far as possible.
• Before going for a swim in a pool or the beach, remember that chlorine and sea salt dries out your hair and skin. Apply lotion to your skin to keep it moisturised as water washes away the skins natural oils. Dampen your hair with water and apply conditioner. This will not only keep hair from drying out, it will also keep tangles at bay and make your hair easier to style. Try to rinse your hair immediately after a swim, if possible, and apply conditioner.
• If you’ve ever heat styled your hair, you’ll know the importance of using a heat protective spray or cream. However what many of us tend to take for granted is that the sun’s heat does damage as well. UV rays are as harmful to your hair as it is to your skin. Wear a sun hat, scarf or bandana to protect your hair at all times. By wearing a hat especially you’ll double up on protecting your face and delaying those fine lines and wrinkles.
• As tempting as it may be to wear your hair frizzy, be careful not to do so the whole summer. This damages your hair in the long run causing split ends. Oil production is also higher and this can lead to spots forming in your face.
All in all, summer is the best time for your skin to breath and hair to dry naturally. Take advantage of the bright days and Vitamin D and don’t forget to have fun.
This was our first installment of Summer hair and beauty tips. Join us next week when we’ll give you some make up tips and cheats.
Yours in Hair & Beauty,