Keep Healthy Skin and Hair During the Summer Heat | UV Awareness Month

 
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Happy summer and happy July, gorgeous! This month is UV Awareness Month and with all the time we’ve been spending out at the pool lately, we know how dire it is to keep our skin and hair healthy and safe. Can we get an “amen”!?

keep healthy skin during the summer.

First things first: If you can help it, avoid the direct sunlight between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. This is when the sun is in its most powerful state and creates the greatest risk of sunburn! Our beautiful skin will thank us for avoiding the most damaging hours.

Also, make sure that you have sunscreen for every occasion! Grab different SPF counts, waterproof/sweatproof, etc. depending on the activities you’ll be doing throughout the summer. It’s like creating your own capsule wardrobe, but with sunscreen! HA.

We both have birth marks that add personality to our skin — it’s just something extra that makes us unique! You, too?
Believe it or not, these are actually one of the most important things to track during the sunnier months. You’ll want to check your moles, birthmarks, and freckles for any changes, and consult a dermatologist if anything looks awry.

Make it a point to keep your skin extra hydrated by using masques one to two times per week, spritzing a toner and moisturizing before bed (and especially after you exfoliate). Much of this should be a norm found in your skincare routine already, but we thought it was important to note here.

When it comes to sunscreen: more is more! You may not be aware that it takes at least 1 ounce (like a handful!) to adequately protect your entire body from sun. So, each body part should get about 1 teaspoon of sunscreen. If you opt for a spray, make sure you’re holding it no further than 2 inches away from you, and your skin should have a glossy look afterwards. Don’t forget to rub, rub, rub! If you are questioning whether you put on enough, when in doubt: add more. Then be sure to reapply every 2 hours, or more often than that if you’ll be out at the pool or going on a hike. For more tips on how to apply sunscreen, go here.

During the summer months and beyond, make sure you make healthy lifestyle choices, too. Don’t smoke. Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Get adequate hours of sleep. Partake in stress-relieving activities. These are all key to keeping your skin healthy.

Avoid sun damage on hair, too.

Sun damage can have the same dire effects on our hair as it does on our skin. Excess exposure to sun and heat can cause discoloration, dehydration, split ends, a peeling scalp, and even increased thinning. In order to protect yourself from this damage, there are a few precautionary steps you will need to take.

First, always use a heat protectant, as well as a hair sunscreen. Yes, there are such things as hair sunscreens! Using both of these before styling your hair with hot tools or going out in the sun will protect your hair against damage.

Secondly, if you plan on sitting outside on a sunny day, it’s important to wear a hat to help shield your neck, ears, and head. This will prevent unnecessary sunburn and protect your scalp.

Lastly, if you notice that your hair has already experienced sun damage, you have a few options. You can use a restorative hair and scalp treatment to rejuvenate and repair your hair. Or you can also use hair treatments that reverse thinning so your hair can stay strong and full. Whatever you do, make it a point to take extra care of your hair this summer!

Keeping in mind these helpful hacks will come in handy this summer and always!

Here’s an additional infographic that will give you a bit of the science behind UV rays and what to look for:

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THE WRITERS: KATHRYN & EMMA

Kathryn and Emma are the bloggers behind FashionablyFrank.com. Emma is the travel, beauty, crafts and DIY guru. Kathryn is the mastermind behind career and general organizational life hacks.