WHO KNEW? Mir­rored sun­nies can cause sun­burn.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty Flash -

1Layer up The lazi­est way to work sun­screen into your rou­tine: make sure that it’s in­cor­po­rated into all of the prod­ucts you’re al­ready us­ing (mois­turiser, primer, foun­da­tion). Look for an SPF of at least 30, and ap­ply it as lib­er­ally as you would a straight-up sun­screen – any­thing less would be point­less.

We like a weight­less SPF30 makeup primer, like [1] Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Ra­di­ance Make Up Base SPF30 (R770), a souped-up tinted mois­turiser with SPF50, like [2] Vichy Idéal Soleil Tan Op­ti­miz­ing Face Gel-fluid in Bronze (R199) and a hy­drat­ing for­mula with SPF30, like [3] Bio­ef­fect Day­time Nour­ish­ing Day Cream (R690).

2If your skin acts like a baby, use baby sun­screen Sen­si­tive skin? Der­ma­tol­o­gists rec­om­mend sun­screens with phys­i­cal (not chem­i­cal) block­ers, like zinc ox­ide. And that’s where baby sun­screens come in. We like [4] Nivea Sun Kids Mois­tur­is­ing Sun Spray SPF50 (R179.99). It goes on white, but give it a minute and it be­comes clear.

3Don’t just spritz your spray sun­screens Well, yes, spritz them, but don’t leave it at that. Ac­cord­ing to der­ma­tol­o­gists, peo­ple don’t rub in spray for­mu­las prop­erly, which means you’ll only get streaky pro­tec­tion. In a well-ven­ti­lated area, hold the bot­tle around 3cm from your skin and spray, sec­tion by sec­tion, un­til your skin glis­tens, rec­om­mends der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Joshua Ze­ich­ner. Then, us­ing your hands, blend it all in. Don’t treat it like per­fume – you should be fully cov­ered from head to toe. TRY [5] Tro­pi­tone Move It Sun­screen Con­tin­u­ous Spray SPF30 (R109.95).

4Wear cloth­ing with ex­tra UV pro­tec­tion It doesn’t have to look awk­ward. Sun­pro­tec­tive cloth­ing can be glam­orous, too. Go for a long-sleeved swim­suit, like the Ma­pale 3 Piece Rain­bow Retro Bikini Set from fash­ion­hub.co.za (R1 450). It’s flat­ter­ing and great for pro­tec­tion against harm­ful UV rays.

Add a wide-brimmed hat that’s at least 10cm all the way around. This pro­tects the scalp and the tops of the ears, where we of­ten for­get to ap­ply sun­screen. These ar­eas are par­tic­u­larly prone to de­vel­op­ing skin can­cers.

5Su­per­size your shades The ideal frames have po­larised lenses with UV fil­ters and they should be big enough to cover the skin around your eyes. Avoid any­thing re­flec­tive: mir­rors may look cool, but they bounce UV light onto your cheeks which may, in turn, cause sun­burn.

6Take it with you Toss sun­screen into all of your bags so that you’ll never be stuck with­out pro­tec­tion and can reap­ply ev­ery two hours. TRY [6] Pick n Pay Sun Sure Day To Day High Pro­tec­tion Sun­stick SPF50 (R49.99). Wor­ried about your makeup? Carry a cush­ion com­pact or brush-on min­eral pow­der for mid­day touch-ups over makeup.

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