So, you’re down with your sunscreen routine and you know that stepping out of the house sans SPF is skin suicide. But complete sun protection doesn’t just apply to your skin and body. And in our sun-rich climate, you need all the protection you can get, from the bottom to the top!
We’ve all done it. You hit the beach, prepped and ready or park off by the pool. You’ve got the shades, the perfect bikini and the cooling face mist. And of course you’ve been a good girl, or boy, and applied your sun protection 30 minutes before exposure. Heck, you’ve even used the shot glass rule and applied enough on each arm and leg. And while you’re lying there reading the latest gossip mag or…dry-retch… 50 Shades of Grey… you’re so damn proud of yourself that you don’t even notice your toes are frying, the tips of your ears are sizzling, your lips are cracking and your hair… let’s not even go there. So, what’s a girl to do? Up your suncare routine and avoid surprise burns the smart way.
To ensure you don’t miss some of most delicate areas of your face and body (or get distracted before getting a chance to apply sunscreen to them) start with these first. Take care of your nose, the tips of your ears and even your lips before giving those toes some TLC. Then you can move on to protecting the rest of your face and body as you usually would (or should if you’re a sunscreen skimper). If you’re resolute on not wearing a hat and you have a very definite parting, make sure you apply a bit of lightweight sunscreen to this line too in order to protect the skin. A scalp burn is one of the most painful things ever!
Good hair days
We all know too much sun is a bad thing for skin, but did you know that your hair can actually get burned too? Prolonged or frequent exposure to the sun’s UV rays can also damage your hair, resulting in faded colour, dry, brittle and breaking hair, split ends and serious frizz.
Keep your locks protected under the summer sun with a wide-brimmed hat, which also helps to hide any number of bad hair days and protect your face too. You should also use a leave-in product with UV protection such as Redken Color Extend Magnetics Radiant-10 Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray (R381) or Paul Mitchell Color Care Color Protect Locking Spray (R240) when in the sun. Want all-round protection? Apply Philip Kingsley Swimcap (R289,95) before hitting the beach or pool for protection from the sun, sea water and even chlorine.
If you’ve ever seen a SPF on your make-up products, you’ve most likely thought, “Hang on…how can this protect my skin or lips on its own?”. The answer is it can’t. The sun protection found in some make-up items such as foundation and lipsticks (usually between SPF6 and SPF20) isn’t intended to serve as stand-alone protection from the sun and it’s certainly not sufficient in our hot climate. But that doesn’t mean these products are not useful or good purchases, and you do find some with a good SPF if you look hard enough.
A foundation or BB cream with SPF will still provide a bit of protection while nipping out from the office to the bank or getting to and from your car. A pretty lipstick or balm with an SPF is also a very important buy when you consider that it’s not always that pleasant (or tasty) to apply sunscreen over your lips.
We love Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream SPF30 (R315) and Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick SPF20 (R99,95).