Do you know 95% of aging is caused by the sun?
Let’s talk about how we are going to protect our skin from the harsh summer sun!
Now don’t get me wrong, I am all about soaking up some sunshine with the family, but it is so important to make sure you are applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to your entire body, including your face! I always use a foundation that has SPF built-in, so I don’t even have to remember to put it on every morning!
Some of my favorite foundations with SPF include the Neutrogena brand (found at your local drugstore), Clinique, Lancome, and Estee Lauder. Now if you really want to look flawless, yet still put together while at your family BBQ or poolside, check out the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. I swear by this BB cream – it is ultra sweat-proof and has an SPF level 35.
Tip: If you really find it hard to give up your favorite foundation that’s lacking SPF, you can simply add a few drops to your sunscreen to avoid that chalky-white look.
Now that we have made sure our faces are protected and remain gorgeous into our old age, let’s talk hair! I have a few tricks that I use to keep my highlights looking fresh, even through those long swim days!
If your hair has prolonged exposure to the sun, UVA and UVB rays can really do a number on the outside cover of the hair strand. This can cause serious discoloration, dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, thinning and frizziness. Nothing looks worse than damaged hair that has that dry look and feel.
Something I always keep in my pool bag is “leave-in” conditioner. Just like my sunscreen, I spray a leave-in conditioner into my hair to help keep it moisturized and protected from the sun. Spray it in your hair, and pull your hair up (longer hair) or under your hat or in a headband (shorter hair) – no one will be the wiser. You will quickly notice that by doing this, your hair feels much softer and more manageable after swimming.
I love the Alba brand conditioner with SPF. Your hair will not only look amazing, but you will smell like a delicious pina colada as well! Another product I love is the SunBum 3-in-1 leave-in conditioner. Not only does it protect your hair, but it’s humidity-resistant which is exactly what all of us Southern girls need!