During the warmer months we spend more time outdoors whether it be socialising, exercising or relaxing at beach.
As we determine outfits for each of these activities we also need to consider which skin products we need to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Sun protection should no longer be a “just at the beach” ritual, it needs to be an everyday essential, just like brushing our hair or teeth.
In a two part series Fashionz explores which products are best for each occasion and provides tips for every day in between.
This week we look at socialising and exercising.
Barbeques or a lunch alfresco style at a favourite restaurant seems to be an ever-popular tradition in Kiwi culture.
So often the hours fly by and it’s not till your shoulders are tender and pink that you realise just how long you’ve been in the sun.
Remember our bodies are pretty well covered up throughout the winter so sudden exposure to sun makes newly exposed these areas, hot spots for sunburn.
Switch to a daily body moisturiser with an SPF and always carry something a little stronger in your bag for some extra coverage (especially for shoulders, chest and feet) when needed.
Sun protection in a spray is the perfect solution for touch ups throughout the day.It’s not only light on your skin but easy to apply when you’re out and about.
Use a facial moisturiser which contains sunblock. These days there are so many to choose from, solutions a bound for every budget and skin type plus they are made to be worn under normal make-up.
When wearing a new dress or when you need to look your best we recommend products which are designed to be lightweight and absorbent.
Our choices are:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 – RRP $20.99 the SPF 15 formula in the US won Best Facial Moisturiser in Glamour's Best Beauty Products of 2011,
NIVEA SUN Light Feel Every Day Sun Lotion RRP$16.29, a everyday Moisturiser that keeps skin hydrated while providing SPF30+ protection.
Olay Definity’s RRP $39.99 innovative Tone Correcting Anti-Ageing Foaming Moisturiser with SPF 15.
Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream SPF 15RRP $49.90 offers intensive natural nourishment with effective broad spectrum UV protection.
Clarins Sun Care Milk Lotion Spray – 50+ UVA/UVB RRP $53, no white residue, no oily effect, no sticky feeling.
Summer is the time to get out and about, walking the dog or going for a jog.
Out go the daggy trackies and in come the shorts and tee or something sleek and spandex.
Remember with the warmer temperature, extra activity will make you perspire so you need to find a sun protection product that won’t sweat off.
Make sure you cover yourself from head to toe, including those tricky little areas such as behind your knees and thighs and the back of your neck.
Don’t forget a hat to shield your face either; brown spots and premature aging are not your friends.
A few of our favourite on the go products are:
Banana Boat EveryDay RRP $14.99 – The lightweight, hydrating, Vitamin E & Aloe formula remains non-greasy throughout the day and offers 4 hours water resistant protection.
Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 70+ RRP $22.99-With Helioplex® technology provides superior UVA/UVB protection for active lifestyles. This lightweight lotion is waterproof, sweatproof and rub-resistant. It’s oil-free and won’t clog pores.
Green People Sun Lotion SPF25 ‘No Scent’ RRP $49.00 – A great water resistant organic sun lotion, which offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection with antioxidants and vitamins A, C and made without essential oils this sun lotion is perfect for sensitive skin and those prone to prickly heat.
Adidas by Stella McCartney – Cap and Visor
Huffer – Cap
So there you have it some wise and simple advice with products that are easy to find and won’t break the bank.
Next week in part two we look at great ways to stay stylish and sun smart not only at the beach but for every other day as well.
– Petrina Wilson