With the temps quickly rising + sweet summertime practically here, we are spending more time outdoors to enjoy the beautiful, sunny weather! The sun’s UV rays can be harmful to our body + health, but with proper protection, you can still enjoy your time poolside. Coverage is *key* when it comes to beating the sun’s rays. Try to protect all areas of your body, especially a select few areas we typically forget —
The skin on your ears is extremely sensitive + delicate — protect your lobes! Spread sunscreen around your ears, especially on the tops, to prevent any UV rays from burning the thin skin. To avoid the mess of some liquid formulas, try a stick sun screen, like Eir NYC’S Surf Mud Pro Stick, that is easy to apply + take on the go. If all else fails, throw on a floppy sun hat to block the sun from your face + ears!
The sun hits the top of our heads directly, so our scalp + hair can take a beating after a long day in the sun! UV rays can cause your hair to dry out, lose its shine, ++ frizz up, especially after long, constant exposure. Some hair creams + treatments, like Aveda’s Protective Hair Veil, can nourish your hair with essential oils to combat the sun’s heat. Go product free + avoid most of the sun’s damage by covering your scalp with a Bolt Hat or fashion scarf!
Wear your cutest sunnies outside during hot, summer days to best protect your sensitive eyes from the sun’s rays! Besides being a fashion piece, sunglasses ward off the sun’s harmful UVA + UVB rays that can damage your cornea. Too much UV light can even cause cataracts to develop in the future. Find sunglasses that fit your face + eye shape to best block the sunlight + any allergens from entering your eyes.
The skin on your face, especially your lips, is extremely sensitive. The sun’s UV rays can impact the amount of collagen that is produced in your skin. Without collagen — a protein that holds the skin together — wrinkles can form around the area of your lips + mouth. Apply a lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 everyday before walking out the door.
Protect your toes from the sun’s rays, especially when you’re wearing your fav summer sandals! We tend to forget our feet when applying sunscreen, but they are as important as the other parts of our body. Your feet are susceptible to skin cancer, sun spots, wrinkles, ++ freckles without proper SPF protection. Be sure to spread a layer of sunscreen on the tops + bottoms of your feet before heading out into the sun!
Take the extra time to cover your body with a layer of sunscreen before hitting the beach or sweatin’ in the sun — your skin will thank you later! Fill your beach bag with loads of sunscreen + floppy beach hats to best beat the sun’s ray [++ look cute while doing it! ; )]
++ Brittany Bluthardt [@brittanyblu_inchaarg] // Butler University