As the Spring season brings us sunshine, flowers and (usually for me) more energy to get tasks done, it can be a difficult time for our body’s largest organ. The one main issue we can face (pun intended!) is the sun. This guide can help you fully enjoy this wonderful time of year by enjoying the outdoors AND avoiding the damaging effects of the sun.
As with most North Americans, I crave the sunshine after a long winter but I cringe this time of year as many people will suffer from their first bad sunburn of the year; I have already seen some of my friends with one. Because the weather is not yet very hot, sun protection is forgotten. To save your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, I have listed simple ways to save your skin this Spring.
I recommend a day cream with a minimum of a 30 SPF every day, even on the cloudy ones so you do not get caught without protection when your friend says, ‘hey, let’s go for a walk at lunch!’ Sunscreen in your foundation is not enough on its own but can be a good compliment to your day cream. I recommend keeping sunscreen in your handbag and at work so it is always available. I will cover more information about sunscreens in later posts.
2. Wear a hat
Whether you are gardening, golfing or taking the kids for a walk, a hat is essential to shade your face and neck. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen clients with permanent sun damage on their neck even as young as 30. A baseball cap is okay, but it does not protect your ears or neck, so be sure to put extra sunscreen on these areas to prevent damage and skin cancer.
Eye protection is essential not only to protect your eyes but also the delicate skin around the eyes where the first signs of aging can appear (think crow’s feet!) When you squint you are causing lines to form on the face. Sunglasses must be sold with UV protection so even a cheap pair will suffice; good news for thrifty shoppers!
4. Say no to perfume
Like many women, I also have a favourite perfume (or two!) that I like to wear but perfume and sunshine do not mix. Some perfumes will cause hyper-pigmentation on the skin when exposed to ultra violet radiation so to be safe, save your perfume for evenings out instead of daytime use.
If you love the look of brown tanned skin, try using a self tanning product with DHA (dihydroxyacetone) to get a glow without the damage. There are also bronzing products for face and body that can mimic a tan temporarily. Fake Bake flawless is one of my favourites for the body as it gives an instant brown colour that is never orange and dries very quickly.
So get out there and enjoy the beautiful Springtime weather and use these tips to be sure you keep your skin healthy and beautiful!