Sun: how to protect your skin when the heat is on

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Summer has arrived. This is the season where the sun can really take a toll on your skin. But here are some simple tips to help you keep yourself cool during the sizzling summer months.

KEEP HYDRATED

Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Our bodies lose a lot of moisture during summer so it’s important to stay hydrated. Eat plenty of fresh fruit, the water they produce is easily absorbed into our cells and is a good source of nutrients to keep skin supple.

PROTECT YOURSELF

Our European friends take a siesta midday, a practice we are not very good at adopting. Try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun’s rays are strongest and can have an adverse effect on your skin. Sunglasses will protect the delicate eye area and a wide brimmed hat protects head and face.

SUNSCREEN

Sunscreens should be applied at least 30 minutes before going outside, this allows the skin to absorb the product and should be reapplied at two hour intervals throughout the day.You can still obtain a tanned, healthy looking skin with proper sun protection, a minimum of SPF 20 is recommended but go higher if your skin is fair.

MOISTURISING

Always moisturise your skin after you have been in the sun. If you find that the after sun moisturiser is too oily look for a water-based product.

ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE-BASED DRINKS

Over consumption can lead to dehydration especially on a hot day, always drink an extra glass of water for every glass of alcohol or coffee you may have, remember sugary drinks taste nice but they don’t help your skin nor your figure.

Written by The Borders College Hair and Beauty Team – www.borderscollege.ac.uk