6 Sun Smart Tips for Summer

It’s summertime! The weather is warm and the kids will be out of school soon. This means it’s a time when some take vacations, enjoy the outdoors and relax, I too can’t wait!

Whether you are going away or staying at home here are some useful tips to stay sun smart these holidays:

1. Wear your Sunscreen
I am sure most of you are saying, here she goes again going on about the usage of SPF, blah, blah, blah. This is perhaps the most essential product at any time of the year but even more so in summer!

Here’s why: more than 80 % of ageing is due to the direct effects of the sun on our skin. The sunrays damage the skin causing loss of elasticity, sagging skin with a rough texture, uneven skin tone, pigmentation and skin cancer. Invest in a broadspectrum sunscreen, UVA/UVB SPF (30 or more) and don’t forget to re-apply especially if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors or in water. You can also try the spray sunscreens, the kids love them.

My personal favourites are the Heliocare Gel SPF 50 for the face, Cetaphil ultra-light lotion SPF 50 for the body and Eucerin kids Sun Lotion or Spray for kids.

2. Apply an Antioxidant
These are the skin’s bodyguards; they fight against free radicals which cause mayhem on our skin their role is to prevent and repair damage. My current favourite is the Obagi Professional C 10% serum.

3. Easy on the Booze
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that it sucks the hydration right out of your skin, leaving it dry and dull. I know this is a perfect ESCAPE season but do try to drink moderately Mama.

4. Never go to Bed with Makeup
Part of the reasons why you should go easy on the drinks is exactly this point lol… Your skin renews itself at night as you sleep and cannot do so effectively if it is clogged with impurities. Sleeping with makeup on also ages you up to 7 times faster.

5. Don your Sun Hat & Sunglasses
These are no longer just fancy accessories, they can actually assist in protecting you from sun damage, wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers your forehead, nose & ears. This should be fun with the variety of sun hats available out there.

6. Drink Your Water
Practice what you preach, Mama. Water helps you maintain the moisture balance of your body and skin, and assists in detoxification. Make sure that you drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. This will not only maintain the moisture but also prevent you from dehydration during summer

Summer doesn’t have to stop you from having fun, just be sun smart and make many happy sun-protected memories!

Happy Holidays!
Love, Dr Cebi

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