Are you all feeling like the image above? I know I sure am. Beautiful weather, warm sand, bright sunshine, and a Pina Colada in your hand (can't forget the frozen drinks lol). Summertime brings that beautiful bronzed sun goddess out of us ladies, doesn't it? As much as I know the harsh effects of the sun (it's been drilled in our heads so many times right?), I can't help but slather on the SPF and get out there and get my tan on! As a matter of fact today I was out in the sun in the late morning and got a little "lobster-like" in less than an hour. I guess I need to invest in a better sunblock, because apparently mine gave up really fast. That brings me to something I always tell you guys, "don't be afraid to return it if it doesn't work". Try out different sunblocks and see which fits you best.
While you're out there being the awesome sun goddess you are and worshiping mother nature's beautiful oceans and man's wonderful pools, remember some of these key tips below.
You want to get SPF 45 which blocks about 98% of UVB rays (these rays cause sunburn). Do not confuse this with UVA rays which causes deeper skin damage. So basically slather on the sunscreen and limit full on sun exposure. Also, don't buy into the higher SPF hooplah, anything past SPF 45 is pretty much just marketing jargon. Google it if you don't take my word for it.
Check you hair care products to see if they advertise or list an SPF. One known common sunscreen ingredient is Octyl Methyoxycinnamate, so check in the ingredient list for that. Unfortunately, some companies advertise something as having SPF and it doesn't. How they get away with that is beyond me! So do your research on the products you use. Google when in doubt. (I really should own that company because I use it and talk about it so much lol).
If you want to make your own leave-in sunscreen hair mist, mix 2 teaspoons of SPF 25 sunscreen with 1 cup of water and add to a spray bottle. Spray into your hair before sun exposure and take it with you for touch-ups throughout the day. Cheap and effective! :)
Make sure to always do a thorough rinse with clean water after swimming in the ocean/pool. This will help slow down any drying or chemical damage.
Lastly, don't forget to clarify and deep condition at least once a week if you are spending long amounts of time in the sun or ocean/pool.
Make sure to always wear your cutest UV-blocking sunglasses when out in the sun. Failure to do so can cause cataracts, eye cancer, and other eye diseases down the line. And besides, with so many beautiful sunglasses out there now a days, why wouldn't you want to walk around wearing your hottest "J. Lo" sunnies! :)
Quick tip: If you happen to get sunburn around your eyes just smooth some all natural aloe vera gel on it, just be sure not to get in your actual eye. Cold tea bags work well for this also. It calms the pain while the sunburn heals.
Did you even know that the sun can cause damage to your nails?! Yes my dear it can. Prolonged sun exposure creates ridges in the nails and can take a very long time to grow out. Use a ridge filler for any current ridges and to prevent further damage. This goes for hands and toes.
Well my lovelies it looks like you are all ready for the beach. Enjoy your summer sun lovin' and remember some of my tips above! Keep an eye out for Beach Beauty Series 2, coming in the next few days.
XOXO - Angel Lee ❤