So­lar-proof your­self for sum­mer

HOT TIPS TO AVOID BLIS­TER­ING IN A SWEL­TER­ING SUM­MER

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PRO­TECT HAIR AND SCALP. Sun­screen ap­pli­ca­tion shouldn’t end at the hair­line. UV dam­age will make hair brit­tle and ruin the colour. Use hair sprays and oils specif­i­cally de­signed to pro­tect your locks from the sun. Coola, Moroc­canoil and Bum­ble & Bum­ble make good ones. SIZE MAT­TERS WHEN IT

COMES TO SUN HATS. It’s a bit of a no-brainer: the big­ger the hat, the safer the skin. But it’s quickly for­got­ten. A hat’s brim should be at least 10 cen­time­tres wide, guar­an­tee­ing pro­tec­tion not only for the com­plex­ion but also the scalp and tops of the ears. SAVE THE SHINE FOR THE

EVENING. Even a gloss con­tain­ing SPFs can act like baby oil on the lips, ab­sorb­ing and re­flect­ing sun­light and in­creas­ing burn. Dur­ing the day, sub­sti­tute a pro­tect­ing lip balm, which is wax­ier than gloss, not as shiny and ad­heres to the lips bet­ter. SHAKE MIN­ERAL SUN­SCREEN

BE­FORE AP­PLY­ING. The skin-pro­tect­ing in­gre­di­ents in min­eral prod­ucts are heav­ier than those in chem­i­cal prod­ucts and can sep­a­rate in the bot­tle. Solve that with a good shake.

DON’T RELY ON MAKE-UP. You need about 15 times the amount of min­eral make-up than you’d nor­mally use to pro­vide proper sun pro­tec­tion. Sun­screen first, skin­care sec­ond, then make-up.

PILE IT ON. Don’t wait un­til you’re dressed to ap­ply sun­screen be­fore a day at the beach — you are far more likely

to miss a spot. Rule of thumb: shot glass amount for the body; tea­spoon for the face. And wait at least 20 min­utes be­fore head­ing out. DON’T USE THE FEAR OF BREAK­ING OUT AS A REA­SON

TO AVOID SPFS. Pim­ples are more re­lated to per­spi­ra­tion than the in­gre­di­ents in sun­screen. If you’re con­cerned about blem­ishes, make sure your face is per­fectly clean be­fore ap­ply­ing sun­block and con­sider a gel for­mula — it’s less likely to ex­ac­er­bate ex­ist­ing break­outs or cause new ones. WANT TO AVOID BROWN SPOTS?

Avoid gran­u­lar scrubs. When overused, they cause in­flam­ma­tion which in­creases melanin, cre­at­ing new age spots and mak­ing ex­ist­ing ones worse. Go par­tic­u­larly easy on ex­fo­li­a­tion in hot­ter tem­per­a­tures, us­ing a gen­tle prod­uct that con­tains skin-calmers such as green tea and chamomile or an­tiox­i­dant-rich oils.

BE SEN­SI­TIVE. Iron­i­cally, some in­gre­di­ents proven to help re­duce the ap­pear­ance of sun dam­age — such as AHAs — can in­crease sen­si­tiv­ity to UV light. Most new-gen­er­a­tion AHA prod­ucts are for­mu­lated to avoid this, but be cau­tious. MAKE YOUR SKIN­CARE

WORK HARDER. The UV-block­ers in face­creams are es­sen­tial but so too are hard-work­ing an­tiox­i­dants that help re­pair dam­age, in­gre­di­ents (mainly sil­ica) that ab­sorb per­spi­ra­tion (handy if you’re out for a run), skin-calm­ing in­gre­di­ents that soothe in­flam­ma­tion,

hy­dra­tors that nour­ish, light­en­ing agents that dis­cour­age pig­men­ta­tion and skin il­lu­mi­na­tors (in­clud­ing bronzer) that pro­vide lu­mi­nos­ity.

KEEP IT FRESH. Buy a new sun­screen every sum­mer. Ac­tive in­gre­di­ents lose their po­tency over time. Now is an ex­cel­lent time to go shop­ping. DON’T USE PER­FUME TO HIDE THE SMELL OF FAKE TAN.

The an­tiox­i­dants in some fra­grances re­act with the DHA in self-tan­ners to turn skin green. Try and wait at least six hours be­fore ap­ply­ing any­thing with scent — even de­odor­ant.

TAN­NER TIP. Ap­ply self-tan­ner to your face be­fore go­ing to bed. A light golden tan looks healthy and you’ll need far less make-up (con­cealer/foun­da­tion/ high­lighter) in the morn­ing.

COOL DOWN. Heat can cause blotch­i­ness. So, too, can the air­con­di­tion­ing de­signed to keep you cool. Re­duce tem­per­a­tures by spritz­ing skin reg­u­larly with wa­ter or one of the new — and in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar — skin­care sooth­ing mists, which are packed with an­tiox­i­dants and other skin-nour­ish­ers. SWEL­TER-PROOF YOUR­SELF.

Noth­ing makes make-up melt faster in hot weather than mois­tur­izer. If your skin is oily (far more likely in sum­mer), avoid it com­pletely. Use an oil-free, SPF-con­tain­ing matte-fin­ish foun­da­tion, many of which do have hy­drat­ing prop­er­ties to keep them fresh- rather than mask-look­ing, and set with loose or pressed pow­der.

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