Summer Skin Care
and Hair Care
Hot, humid days. Warm, tropical nights. Evening
barbeques. Piña coladas by the pool. Ah, yes, the joys of
summer. But in the midst of vacationing and making memories
this year, don't forget the toll these languid days can take on
you physically. Just as you're getting your warm weather
wardrobe together, so too, should you be changing your
skin and hair care regimes for the
Heat, humidity, and the sun extract a heavy price. Not only
are you more prone to heat stroke and sunburn during the summer
months, you can also be doing long term damage by basking it in
the sun's warm rays.
Remember the late 1970's trend of slathering your body with
baby oil and lying on a reflective mat to bake in the sun? It
was the "in" thing to do. Nowadays, those sun worshippers are
paying the price. If they managed to escape a brush with skin
cancer, they probably look older than they are. Such is the
price for a "healthy" tan.
Yes, I know it feels good to lie in the sun. I know a tan
looks hot. But unless you take the necessary precautions,
you'll do irrevocable damage. Damage that can lead to skin
cancer and make you look much older than you are.
So, regardless of your skin color (yes, even black skin can
get sunburned), you need to protect your skin. Here are some
tips for summer sun worship:
1. Always use a sunscreen. Apply 20
minutes before you go into the sun to allow
your skin time to absorb it. Re-apply as
needed throughout the day, particularly
after a swim.
2. Wear broad-rimmed hats, light-colored
coverups, and UV protective sunglasses when
in the sun.
3. Whenever possible, stay out of the
sun between 10am and 2pm to avoid exposure
to the most intensive rays.
4. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heat
5. Apply cool compresses to sunburned skin to help
reduce the area temperature. Never exfoliate or use a mask
on sunburned skin until the area has healed, and be sure to
go light on your favorite perfume until the burn is
Sunburn products on the market that will help you heal and
peel less include:
REMEMBER: If you are severely sunburned, consult a physician
as soon as possible for treatment.
Until the 1920's, white women
of stature stayed out of the sun. A tan was
considered a sign of the working class, as
those who had them labored in the sun. When
machinery replaced manual labor in the fields,
everyone stayed indoors.
So when did tans become
popular? When Coco Chanel stepped off a yacht
in the South of France in the mid-1920's,
sporting the tan she'd picked up on board. By
the 1930's, a tan stood for health, wealth, and
|Diana Pemberton-Sikes is a
wardrobe and image consultant and author of
"Beauty at Any Age," an ebook
that shows women how to find the right hair,
makeup, and skin care routines to look their
best whatever their age. Visit her
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