Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sun Protection 101

With summer quickly approaching, temperatures are sure to reach their peak once again in our tropical little island and with all the summer beach parties and ATI (Appleton Temptation Island) approaching girls and guys alike will be donning their swim wear and bikinis, but whilst you guys are out frolicking in the heat it's imperative that you all remember to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun, cause getting sunburned will defintely put a damper on your beach fun. .

But  beyond getting sunburned, there are more serious implications of prolonged sun exposure such as skin cancer, premature wrinkles, sunspots and even damage to the eyes, so wearing sunblock and protective clothing and accesories is a must! Also, contrary to popular belief dark skinned people are also capable of being badly burnt and can also get skin cancer.

Sunblock with an Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of  30 or higher is recommended and there are many brands out there on the market that make sunblock... Neutrogena has a great affordable sun protection line which is gentle on the skin and doesn't leave behind a greasy film or white cast. Also, your lips can get sunburned too so remember to bring a lip balm that will protect them from the elements.

Remember to reapply your sunblock after excessive sweating or swimming.

Apart from wearing sunblock, here are some other ways to get beach ready while still being fashionable:

If you are not at the beach for the purpose of tanning, I would suggest finding a nice shaded area to lay out. However, if you find that you want to soak up the warmth of the sun, without being overly tanned a nice cover-up is a perfect option as they prevent your skin from being too exposed to the sun.

Sheer Cover-Up

Sarong Cover-Up

Hats are always a super cute trend for the summer, and they're a great way of protecting not only your skin, but also your hair from sun damage. Hats will shade your face and eyes from the direct sun (especially broad brimmed hats). Direct exposure of the sun on your hair can leave it dry and brittle, and even cause it to change colour. It's similar to using heat tools, so protect your hair from heat damage!

Wide brimmed hats are great & stylish sun protection accessories

Jazz up your hats with scarves, brooches, pins, headbands & chains. I even used my recently purchased GlamHead stuffed headband on the red hat.

This is the most fashionable way of protecting your eyes from UV rays. When worn to the beach they also protect your eyes from sand. Every girl should have a few, take a look at some of ours....

These neon trimmed sunnies are definatley on trend for summer

These clear sunglasses will give you that sophisticated look while protecting your eyes

These large ombre sunglasses will look great on everyone

All sunglasses are from Forever 21
Now if you happen to forget to put your sunblock on and you get burned, try applying some aloe vera gel or some After Sun Lotion directly to the affected area to help soothe your skin.

Have a great day guys and don't forget your sunblock!!
Debbie and Shannon

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