Skin protection tips

Friday, 14 September 2012

Skin protection tipsIt doesn’t take much to be sun smart. So as we keep bringing you tips to protect your skin this spring/summer, read a few of BeautyHeaven’s.

So summer is on its way, and with the sun peeking out from behind the last of the winter clouds, it’s time to prepare your skin. Summer is a time of hot sunny days and hours spent at the beach or around the pool. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of sunburn, and that’s something no one likes to deal with. Well, if it’s fresh, sun-safe skin you’re after, we’ve got you covered (literally!). Check out our tips to protect your skin this summer.

Skin Protector Tip #1: Be liberal with the sunscreen

Sunscreen. It’s the easiest tip in the book, and yet we keep neglecting it! Imagine how many painful encounters with sunburn we could avoid if we just remembered to slip, slop, slap. Obviously, the higher the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) the better, so opt for the ones that hit 30 or more. If you can remember to reapply regularly and ensure sunscreen is a vital part of your daily skincare routine, your skin will absolutely love you.

Skin Protector Tip #2: Opt for make-up with a high SPF

Foundation and summer are two things that, when put together, just never seem to work. You sweat, your skin feels like it’s being smothered and you end up with a patchy face. Look for something that offers maximum foundation coverage, protects against sun damage and moisture loss and is suitable for when you take a dip.

Skin Protector Tip #3: Cover up and calm your skin

At the risk of sounding like your mum, you can never go wrong when you slip, slop, slap! Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothes that keep your skin covered, invest in a wide-brimmed hat and don’t forget about sunglasses! On that note, we know we all slip up sometimes, so in the event that you forget to reapply or spend a little too long basking in the sun, we’ve got the answers. A great after-sun product will help calm and moisturise your skin if you find yourself looking a bit like a lobster.

Written by Hannah, this article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Miss Kay

    Also, huge sunglasses and a big hat!

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I’ve always told my friends: “If you want to bake in the sun now, don’t complain to me when you’re 40 and your chest looks like the leather of a vintage handbag.” I think woman still have the wrong perception of proper sun care. Sunscreen isn’t there for us to have an excuse to fall asleep in the sun. That’s why there are so many great self-tanners out on the shelves. I’d rather be fair, wear sunscreen and keep out of the sun than have to deal with horrible skin in my older years.

    4 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I just need this kind of huge hat. Looks great and gives even better protection.

    5 years ago •

  1. S.C.C

    My gran had a sore on her ear earlier this year. It lasted for a few months just getting worse. It was all blackish and blue. we all asumed it was an infection and being an ex-nurse my gran treated it as such. When we went to the doc we were surprised to find out that it was skin cancer. She had to have a biopsy done and a skin graft. They cut it away and luckerly got all of it. It was an eye opener and we were advised that if any sore persists more than a month to go and have it looked at. I really enjoyed the article, major eye opener.

    5 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    That time of the year to use make-up with a higher SPF!!! Do it, don’t regret later..

    5 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    I’ve started using face base with added SPF on top of my face cream that has an SPF of 20. Over the weekend I were face cream with an SPF of 50

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Very informative article. Sunscreen is a must have for SA summers..and ya winters too…

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Oh, my hubby just managed to get himself a lobster tan :) He wouldn’t listen and now cries like a little girl.

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    I use sunscreen everyday and not just on my face. I’m paranoid about skin damage.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Fun in the Sun with Sun Protection… Only way to go:)

    5 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Urgh, I got really burnt this weekend! Can slap myself now!!! Running off to go and buy a proper sunscreen… :-/

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    This could save your life!

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks for the article, very formative.

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    It would be great if beauty.com could post an article with the preferred suntan products on the market. Just as a guideline.

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I alwasy make sure my makeup has a high SPF in it. I’m very pale so I burn fairly easily.

    5 years ago •

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