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Fun in the Sun 101


This post may seem completely irrelevant right now as most of eastern Canada is in for a week of rain and overcast skies, and the expected UV today is a high of 3. Rest assured though, we will experience those high temps and sunny skies {eventually}, so here are some tips to stay healthy and beautiful while enjoying the sun this Summer.

* I should mention, just because it’s overcast doesn’t mean you won’t get a sunburn! Check the UV forecast if you’re planning a day outside

Let’s start with our skin. People often ask me how I keep my face looking soft and young, and I can partially credit good genes, but the other half is that I moisturize daily, I use sunscreen, and I wear cosmetics with SPF protection. Natural freckles are beautiful, but most women {and I’m guilty of this myself} think that spray of freckles you get across your nose after your first day lazing in the sun is so cute and looks youthful. In reality, these spots are caused from sun damage that can accelerate you’re skin’s aging process. You’re all adults, so I’m not going to lecture you about the negative effects of tanning and skin cancer and everything else, but if you do in fact want your skin to stay young and beautiful, then listen up.

What should you look for in a sunscreen? Most people think that if you choose the highest SPF, then you’re getting the best protection. This is false! Most dermatologists agree that SPF 30 is high enough for daily use sunscreen, but there are a few other things you should look for if you want the best protection. You should seek out sunscreens with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. Sunscreens with active ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are less irritating and are effective immediately upon application, so you can head outside right after applying. Avoid sunscreens with just UVA or just UVB protection – you need both. Also avoid sunscreens with active ingredients ending in –ate, -ene, or -one, as they have greater potential for skin irritation and take 20-30 minutes to absorb and activate after application. This can leave your skin vulnerable to damaging UV rays, so if you are applying sunscreen and still getting a nasty burn, your sunscreen itself could be the culprit! With all this info in mind, make sure you read the label beyond the SPF value before purchasing.

Here are some sunscreens that should do the trick;

Clarins Day Screen, Aveeno Active Naturals, Neutrogena Sensitive Skin

Your skin is not the only thing at risk this summer…your hair is also very vulnerable. Hours in the sun, humidity, and salt water are all your hair’s worst enemy. Colored hair is especially vulnerable to sun bleaching, and since you probably just paid $100+ getting it colored, take extra precaution when heading out in the sun. Lucky for us, fashion is on our side this summer! Head scarves and big floppy hats are not only super cute, but they will protect your color and keep your hair safe from the sun’s drying and damaging rays.

If you’re not into accessorizing, there are some great products out there that can keep your hair protected too.

L’Oreal Ever Pure UV Protect Spray protects color treated hair from harmful UV rays. It has UVA and UVB filters, and can be sprayed on wet or dry hair.

John Frieda Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray helps protect hair by coating each strand with a moisture barrier to prevent frizz on hot humid days, and also contains sunscreen to block UV rays.

Alterna Summer Hair Ocean Waves contains “Enzymetherapy® and Color Hold®” technology. This formula provides UVA and UVB protection to keep color safe from sun damage and fading. It also protects from visible light rays and artificial light sources,  extending the life of your hair color.

*Most of these products should be available in your local drugstore beauty section, and the others I’ve linked to where you can find them.

I know I said I wouldn’t lecture, but I just have one more thing to add. If you really want tanned skin, there are other options. You can achieve the LOOK of tanned skin without actually spending hours laying in the sun or frequenting the tanning salon. Get a spray tan, or use tanning lotion or towelettes. I’m not in a position to recommend what products to use or where to get them because I’m ‘au naturale’ in that regard, but they’re out there. So heed my advice! Or you may be pinching your pennies for Botox sooner than you might think.

xo Cree