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Tommy Williamson

Staying Healthy under the Scorching Sun: 7 Tips to Protect Your Skin and Hair

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Tommy Williamson, (2021, June 25). Staying Healthy under the Scorching Sun: 7 Tips to Protect Your Skin and Hair. Psychreg on Wellness. https://www.psychreg.org/protect-skin-hair/
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Summer doesn’t only mean barbecue parties, swimming pools, long holidays, and having fun; it also means sweat, sunburns, hair and skin dryness, and so on. And if you want to stay comfortable during the scorching summer months, you need to learn how to beat the heat and protect your skin and hair. Fortunately, we are here to help.

Here are some summer beauty tips, including using sunscreen and waterproof makeup, wearing comfortable clothes, cutting your hair, implementing the right skin and haircare routines, and some more.

Cut your hair short before summer and let it grow in autumn or winter

In order to stay comfortable during summer, you need to cut your hair before the hot months start. That way, your hair will be short all summer long and won’t require too much care. To do that, you can use barber tools from Scissor Tech or visit your local hair salon.

Additionally, remember that if you’ve got thick hair or need special styling tools to keep your hair in place during hot weather, cutting it is a must. It will help you stay cool and comfortable. And, if done correctly, it can even improve your looks!

Protect your skin with sunscreen

Another thing you need to do during summer is to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. And, to do that, you need to apply sunscreen on your face and body every day, even if you have a light skin tone or use other types of cosmetic products with a built-in SPF.

However, even if you are diligent about using sunscreen, there is still a chance of getting sunburned, especially if you don’t use a high-quality product. Besides, don’t forget that you may develop skin damage even if you don’t burn.

If you want to ensure the best results, opt for a sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Ensure that the product has at least SPF 30 and that it contains both UVA and UVB filters in a ratio of 1:3.

Apply waterproof makeup to protect your face from the sun

Just like sunscreen, waterproof makeup protects your face from harmful UV rays and helps against sunburns. Nevertheless, unlike sunscreen that you should apply daily, you need waterproof makeup only when you plan to spend more time outside and in the direct sunlight. And, once again, you should opt for a top-notch product, as it can provide better protection and yield more remarkable results.

Wear clothes that are breathable and comfortable

When it comes to clothes, you should keep in mind that cotton is always better than synthetic materials. For instance, when choosing between T-shirts or cotton shirts, go for the first option as it will keep you cool and dry. Also, wear loose clothing so that air can circulate on your skin. And when going out, wear hats and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.

Start using a new haircare routine

Besides cutting your hair, there are several things you can do to improve your hair health before summer starts. First, make sure that you wash it regularly (about once a week). Next, condition your hair every time you add shampoo to it. Use hair masks monthly or bi-monthly and keep them overnight for best results. You can also use heat protectant sprays before blow-drying your hair to prevent damage caused by heat.

Implement a new skincare routine

As far as skin-care is concerned, before summer starts, you should start using an antioxidant serum under your moisturiser or night cream. This practice will prevent dryness and premature signs of ageing due to UV exposure.

You can also add some exfoliating products to your skincare routine so that dead skin cells are removed on a regular basis. In addition to that, make sure that your makeup is suitable for hot weather; use only water-based foundation and moisturizing lipsticks instead of matte ones.

Eat foods rich in antioxidants and drink plenty of water

We need vitamins and minerals for good health and beauty. Even antioxidant serums can’t replace healthy foods in terms of fighting environmental factors such as UV radiation and free radicals.

Therefore, make sure that you eat foods rich in antioxidants (such as berries) and drink plenty of water during summer (at least two litres per day). By doing so, you will prevent wrinkles caused by dryness and premature ageing due to UV exposure.

Takeaway

Summing up, summer is the best time to have fun and enjoy yourself. And, as long as you take care of your body and hair, you’ll stay comfortable all summer long. Just make sure that you protect your skin and hair from the sun’s rays by wearing sunscreen, waterproof makeup, and clothes that are breathable and comfortable.

Other things you should consider here include cutting your hair, starting a new haircare and skincare routine, drinking plenty of water, and eating foods rich in antioxidants. If you follow these tips, you’ll stay pretty and healthy during the hot months.


Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.


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