June 8th, 2016
In the past few years, more and more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer. At the same time, millions of people present signs of premature skin aging, as a direct result of prolonged sun exposure. The fact of the matter is that the ozone layer has become thinner and thinner, exposing us to the harmful action of UVA and UVB rays. If you are looking to protect your skin from sun damage, do not hesitate to keep on reading. In the paragraphs that follow, you will discover five amazing tips on how to give your skin the protection it deserves.
#1 Protective Clothing At All Times
Many countries have the big hole in their ozone layer. Therefore, the citizens presenting thus an increased risk of cancer and photoaging with each exposure. For this reason, it is forbidden to spend time on the beach without wearing at least a T-shirt. Even if you do not live in such countries, it is still an excellent idea to wear protective clothing whenever you are going out. Choose a hat with a broad rim, sunglasses with UV protection and breezy clothes, preferably made from cotton. No matter how tempting it might be to get a tan in the middle of the day, avoid such actions, as this is when the sun is at its strongest point. Using protective clothing is even more essential in the situation you have to work in the open outdoors, thus spending a lot of time in the sun.
#2 Sunscreen Should Be Your Best Friend
One of the easiest methods of protecting your skin from the damage done by the sun is using sunscreen lotion. A safe sunscreen is the one that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays. You should seek out to purchase a sunscreen with high SPF, as this delivers the most effective protection. Also, if you are going to the beach, it is recommended to use waterproof sunscreen. In the situation you cannot find such a product, make sure to re-apply your regular sunscreen every two or three hours. When it is cloudy outside, you should also apply sunscreen as UV rays can penetrate the clouds and damage the skin.
#3 Avoid Reflected Light
You might think that spending time under your umbrella gives you sufficient protection against the sun. However, you should be aware that UV rays reflect themselves on various surfaces, including the sand, concrete and especially water. It has been demonstrated that water reflects UV rays 100%, thus being able to cause a lot of damage to the skin. The same goes for snow, as this can reflect 75% of the UV rays. This is the reason why you need to wear protective clothing at all times, including the right accessories, such as sunglasses and hats. You can also apply zinc oxide paste on your skin for an added level of protection.
#4 Avoid Tanning Oils
No matter what other people might have to say, there is no such thing as a healthy tan. On the contrary, the more time you will spend in the sun, the higher the risk of skin damage is going to be. You might also want to avoid using tanning oils; these facilitate the absorption of UV rays at the level of the skin and thus contribute to the premature aging of the skin. The risk of sunburns is considerably higher when using tanning oils, so be sure to remember that the next time you will be tempted to purchase such a product.
#5 Skin Peels for the Rejuvenation of the Skin
If you want to ensure the healthy aspect of the skin, you have to consider in-office procedures from time to time, such as skin peels. Such a procedure can remove the damaged layer(s) of the skin, exposing a healthy, fresh one. However, it is important to avoid exposure to the sun after you have had a chemical peel, to maintain its healthy aspect. Keep in mind that the skin needs to recover after such cosmetic procedures, so immediate exposure to the harmful action of UV rays is a definite no.
These are only a couple of tips on how to protect your skin from sun damage. It is important to remember that our skin is highly sensitive to the action of the sun. If you want for it to stay healthy, you need to use sunscreen with high SPF and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially in the middle of the day.
Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and writer on beauty related tips and articles. She is very passionate about health and beauty. She has posted articles on skin care, weight loss and celebrity beauty news. In recent years, she had the opportunity to write AlluraCell. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.
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June 7th, 2016
If you are looking to try something new in the lipstick category, Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor is something new and unique. The smell of the product is great – a vanilla-like scent, but doesn’t have much of a taste once applied.
The formula glides on smoothly, and once it dries you can see the matte effect. I’d recommend applying chapstick or a lip moisturizer beforehand, as my lips tended to dry out after a couple hours and I didn’t want to mess with my lipcolor.
The feel of the product is light and once it is dry you don’t even notice it. It lasted almost 4 hours for me, but then it started to fade and come off a bit. Definitely not an all-day lipcolor, but the matte effect is a fun chance – I even received a compliment on it while I was out!
I’d definitely recommend Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor for a fun, new chance of pace product.
Product: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor
Description: “Lightweight, high definition velvety matte color. Moisturizing, velvety feel. 100% wax-free, gel formula. Available in 8 high definition shades..” – From the Revlon website
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
May 16th, 2016
As summer approaches, I’ve been looking to try some of the new sunscreen options out there. I found Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration Weightless formula, which sounds like it may be lighter and less greasy than some of the thicker formulas. At first application, the smell is great, just like previous Hawaiian Tropic products I’ve used. The feeling of the lotion is definitely easy to apply, lightweight and absorbs into skin quickly which is always important when you don’t want to wait for your sunscreen to dry before you jump in the water.
After a couple hours of fun in the sun, I was protected and did not receive any sunburn which I was happy about. Make sure you pay attention to which SPF you choose, as the product comes in both SPF 15 and SPF 30. If you are fair-skinned, you may want to be careful if you are out all day with only SPF 30 protection. Just make sure to reapply often and you should be fine. The weightless-ness of this formula, with a non-greasy feel and great scent make it one of my go-to sunscreens this season.
Product: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen
Description: “Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless has a unique breathable formula that feels as if it is barely on. The light, air-soft texture feels weightless on your skin, while hydrating silk ribbons provide 12 hours of luxurious moisturization, so your skin feels silky soft while being safely UVA/UVB protected.” – From the Hawaiian Tropic website
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
April 12th, 2016
If you have dark blonde hair and want to go a bit lighter, this is the shampoo for you! I have naturally blonde hair that is darker at the top/roots, and can sometimes get a bit brassy. Looking for a way to lighten up a bit for summer, I decided to try John Frieda’s Go Blonder Shampoo.
After the first use, I honestly didn’t notice a huge difference. The shampoo smells great, and cleanses perfectly, leaving my strands nourished and shiny. I stuck with the shampoo for a full week, and it definitely made a difference! The longer you use it, the brighter the results will be. My hair is at least a full shade lighter, and the ends (which were lighter to begin with) are probably two shades blonder.
I’d definitely recommend this shampoo if you are looking for a summer touch-up and want to skip the salon and pricey highlights.
Product: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo
Description: “Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo gradually lightens blonde hair for a year-round sun-kissed look. The formula, containing a natural Lightening Complex, gently reduces the color pigments in the hair.” – From the John Frieda website
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
March 16th, 2016
As a woman with naturally thin lashes, I was so excited to try CoverGirl’s The Super Sizer Mascara. Promising 400% more volume and “fanned out lashes”, the mascara sounds like the perfect fit for someone like me. Upon first use, I found that the formula results in minimal clumps, and has a nice texture. The brush is a bit small in my opinion, but it does a great job at reaching each and every lash. The formula is also perfect if you like to go over your lashes 2-3 times with additional coats.
After an entire work day, the mascara stayed on flawlessly and still looked great. My lashes did appear to be more voluminous than my previous mascara, although not sure they had any more length than before. The only con that I encountered was at the end of the night when it came to removing my eye makeup. The mascara was harder to remove than some of my other products, and actually pulled out a couple of my lashes. I’d definitely recommend investing in a good eye makeup remover, and the problem should be solved.
Product: CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara
Description: “The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara gives you 400% more corner-to-corner volume for full, fanned out lashes. Our amazing Lash Styler transforms even small lashes— just twirl as you apply it to your lashes for an instantly Super Sized lash look. Opthalmologically tested, suitable for those who wear contact lenses.” – From the CoverGirl website
Stars: 3.5 out of 5