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03 August 2022
Women don’t sweat, they glow right? Well, we all know that might be a little porky pie. But it’s not just excess sweat we have to deal with in hot weather – from sunburn to dehydrated skin and everything in between, right now is a great time to be more vigilant about great skin care…
As we’re all aware, natural sunlight helps boost vitamin D levels, but the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can also damage our skin cells. So, although sun exposure is good for us (it also helps boost our mood!), there’s a fine line between this and having too much exposure, which is associated with a range of medical conditions including cataracts, premature ageing, wrinkles and of course skin cancer.
Prevention is always better than cure, so tips to protect your skin from the sun and heat include using sunscreen with SPF 30+, wearing sunglasses, opting for a wide-brimmed hat and limiting time in direct sunlight by staying in the shade when possible.
The single biggest factor for protection when out and about is to wear sunscreen – and we should also be applying it in winter too. Ideally it should be applied before going out in the sun and reapplied every two hours (or more if swimming or sweating).
DID YOU KNOW…The acronym SPF stands for sun protection factor. The SPF number is an indication of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This number is calculated by comparing the amount of time it takes for skin to redden with and without sunscreen on. This means that if you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, then you should be able to stay in the sun 15 times longer than without any protection at all.
If you’re not already doing so, daily application of a facial moisturisers should be part of your morning ritual. The best facial moisturiser for you depends on your skin type. If you have dry or acne-prone skin, a cream or gel is better than a lotion or oil. If you have oily skin, an oil-free product may be better for you. And if you have sensitive skin, look for products with fewer ingredients that are gentler on the skin.
It might be that you have to cool your skin down if you start to overheat. One of the best ways of doing this is to move into an air-conditioned space or take a cool shower (using our fab Epsom Salt will also help replenish lost moisture and help protect your skin).
Looking (& feeling) fab
Heat and humidity can wreak havoc on your makeup and hair. The best way to avoid melting makeup and limp hair is to use a setting spray and don a wide-brimmed hat. This will make sure that they both stay protected – and in place.
Other tips for keeping your makeup looking fresh:
– Using a tinted moisturiser or BB cream instead of foundation for light coverage
– Choosing a powder with SPF to avoid sun damage
– Skip the blusher and apply bronzer instead
General wellbeing tips
Hot weather is not only uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous. If you’re looking for some ways to stay cool and healthy this summer, pay attention to these great ideas to keep you cool…
1) Drink lots of water as it helps keep your body hydrated and your skin healthy. It also helps keep you from feeling hungry so you’re less likely to overeat.
2) If possible, stay out of direct sunlight during midday hours when it’s hottest outside. When you’re outside, wear light-coloured clothing that reflects heat away from your skin and loose clothing to allow your skin to breathe. Always wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day.
3) Take breaks from the heat during the day to cool off indoors or in a shaded area. Stay in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and stay out of the sun during peak hours (10am-2pm).
4) Avoid drinks with high sugar content as well as caffeinated and alcoholic drinks as they will dehydrate you. Instead, eat fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains because they contain natural fluids that help keep your body hydrated.
5) Treat yourself to a cool bath (or shower) with a handful of Epsom Salts. Used as an exfoliant they will help get rid of dead skin cells and promote new cell renewal, while a long soak will help boost your skin’s hydration, meaning that it’s softer, more supple and kept looking and feeling fresh.
I used these epsom salts after taking on the London to Brighton Challenge - walking over 100km in 24 hours. Afterwards my body was aching so much, in particular my feet, legs and hips. I used these salts immediately when I returned home in a bath, and the following day to soak my feet. All I can is it it made the world of difference - I felt so much better and my muscles recovered quicker than they ever have! I'd highly recommend them.