A day at the beach or lounging around the pool with a book is nothing new during a Kiwi summer but while enjoying these pastimes we need to be sun-smart.
We also need to pay more attention to the types of products and items we have with us on these occasions.
Sun protection needs to be at a higher SPF than our daily products due to the direct and extended period we are exposed to harmful rays.
We are also likely to be swimming so water-resistant protection is essential and reapplication at least every two hours will combat the nasty burn which normally presents itself at the end of the day.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet – the top of your feet is somewhere you really really don’t want to burn.
Deciding on whether to purchase a bikini, tankini or a one piece shouldn’t be where your beachwear ends.
A lightweight poncho or kaftan is perfect when you have had enough sun on your torso and are uber comfortable to lounge in.
A hat is a must: Wide brimmed will also protect your ears and the back of your neck, where you also need to apply sun block especially if you opt for a cap.
Main image (left) and hats: Tigerlily.
Clarins: Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for the face ‘Very High Protection’ UVA/UVB 50+A better tan with less sun.
Murad: Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30. The ultimate multitasker,this long lasting, high SPF waterproof formula protects skin with three active sunscreens.
Neutrogena: Wet Skin Sunblock Spray, the only sunscreen that can be applied directly to wet skin, no towel drying necessary. It is exclusively formulated with a waterproof technology that cuts through water, forming a broad-spectrum, breathable protective barrier.
SunSense: Clear Mist 30+ No rubbing, no mess – simply spray it and you’re ready to go.
SunSense: Ultra Milk SPF 50 roll-on: Easily applied and readily absorbed, Ultra Milk provides even coverage for better protection. Great multi-purpose sunscreen the whole family can use.
Image (Right) Ava one piece by Mena
Don’t get me wrong, sun protection is a everyday necessity but there are a few more items which are non occasion specific to consider.
Sunglasses are a must. Keep a couple of pairs on you so you have a spare. Not only are they the perfect wardrobe accessory but shielding your peepers from the sun will prevent long term damage.
Hydration is the key to staying healthy especially when temperatures start to soar. We need to replace fluids lost through perspiration and drinking water which also has enormous beauty benefits.
Keep a water bottle near you at all times, it really is the ultimate thirst quencher.
Don’t forget that our hair also fall’s victim summer sun. Using products designed for hair during this time of year will protect colours; prevent damage and dryness and combat the annoying effects of humidity.
And lastly, don’t forget those lips. Make sure any lip conditioning product contains SPF to avoid dry and sunburnt lips – ouch. There is nothing worse than a well styled outfit and carefully applied make-up ruined by dry and flaky lips.
Smooth, soft and supple skin is the ultimate accessory to every outfit; stay sun-smart this summer!
Main image: Autumn by ROC.
Sunglasses Top: Charlot by Oroton
Sunglasses Middle: Lauren by ROC
Sunglasses Bottom: Zandra by Fiorelli
NIVEA LIP Natural Volume RRP$5.29 – Create natural volume, beautiful shine and give lips SPF30+ protection in the sun.
Smashbox Lip Treatment SPF 15 RRP $35 -This vitamin and antioxidant-packed treatment has it all – SPF 15 and vitamins A, C & E to protect lips.
Wella SP Sun Range – Wella SP have created the first ever hair care prescription specifically designed to meet the needs and concerns of your personal summer hair routine.
FIJI Water- Is bottled in the Fiji Islands, sourced from an artesian aquifer in the Yaqara Valley of Viti Levu where, hundreds of feet below an ancient rainforest, the water is drawn.
bobble bottle – bobble’s ingenious design removes chlorine and contaminants from tap water. bobble replicates the experience of drinking crisp, clean portable water without incurring the significant costs – both environmental and monetary.
– Petrina Wilson