If you haven't had a chance to travel to warmer climes then, like me, you may have forgotten how to deal with the sun and hotter days of the last few weeks. Here's some of my favourite products to get you back in action.
In the past I've found products containing such a high SPF have given me spots and too heavy to use under foundation. Not so with this little gem from Skinceuticals. It has a light texture (without that blue cast) and easily disappears in to the skin. On hot days at the pool or beach i like to mix it with my regular foundation to turn it into a 'tint' or use it alone or under foundation. Dont forget your ears and the back of your neck!
If you like to tan gradually then this is the body product for you! Not only does it protect your skin but its spray applicator is a no-mess, no-fuss, no-drama addition to your beach bag. Remember to apply suncream at least half an hour before sun exposure and re-apply after swimming and at regular intervals.
Dont forget to care for your hair! Hair is one step that is often ovelooked before sun exposure. What's the point in forking out all that money for cuts, colour and treatments just to undo all your hard work after a day pool-side? The Micro Voile Protecteur is an easy to use spay that protects hair from sun, salt and chlorine damage as well as controling frizz and colour fade. Excellent! Check out this handy index to see what Kerastase products are right for your hair in the sun.
If you have been out and about in the sun then the After Sun Care from Sisley will be your body's hero product. It is designed with the sun-esposed in mind, jam-packed with lots of scrummy vitamins and minerals to help your skin recover and deliver loads of moisture. It also features a hint of self-tan to help extend the life of your tan and keep your skin looking glowing and healthy for longer.
As an extra note to this piece.. PLEASE be careful about your levels of sun exposure and protection. Take it from someone who previously had relatively flawless skin and is now pigmented and freckly - you might not see the damage straight away but you WILL see it. Try and avoid prolonged exposure at peak times (12-3pm) and be extra vigilant in areas with weakened ozone levels in the atmosphere, (Australasia especially) where the sun will literally burn you like an oven- third degree burns are not uncommon. Use some common sense, enjoy the sun but don't abuse your body!