Summer is here and things are heating up at a rapid pace. It is the happy season. Everyone heads outdoors to enjoy the sunshine, the beach, the gorgeous sunsets and so on. And while soaking up some vitamin D with your friends and family is wonderful, the sun is harsh.


In fact is that the sun has become hotter over the years. Dr Sami Solanki, director of Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research said, “The Sun has been at its strongest over the past 60 years and may now be affecting global temperatures. The Sun is in a changed state. It is brighter than it was a few hundred years ago and this brightening started relatively recently – in the last 100 to 150 years.”


No tanning

Now kids and adults alike spend all their time enjoying a braai or picnic, splashing in the pool or ocean, climbing the mountains or riding bikes. But all of this takes place outside, in the blazing heat and this means you and your family are in danger. The sun can do major damage to your skin. Not only can you suffer sunburn but chronic exposure to the sun will cause early aging, brown spots and dryness. Then, of course, there’s the fear of skin cancer.

The sun must be respected and you must protect your body against its dangers. Of course, the best way to do this is to make use of sunscreen and hats and make sure you don’t spend all day baking away. Also, don’t head outdoors during between 12pm and 3pm, which are the hottest hours of the day because the sun is at its highest. What’s more, any kind of tan means that you’ve already suffered skin damage and, no matter your complexion, you can burn.


Protection is more than just sunscreen

There are other ways of protecting your skin other than lathering on the sunscreen. In fact there are a bunch of skincare tips and tricks that’ll keep your skin healthy and glowing. Throughout summer in particular, the skin gets dehydrated. Keeping it exfoliated and moisturised is key.


Manage your sunburn properly

Firstly, if you happen to suffer sunburn this summer, there are ways to take care of your sore skin. You can apply cold presses that are damp and have a tepid bath to attempt to lower your body temperature. Make sure to keep moisturising the burned areas. Most people make use of an aloe vera gel or a thick, deeply moisturising cream. For example, look for the hydrating skin care range with Ingram’s, these products are absorbed into the skin and heal your skin well. If you’ve burned your skin really badly and it has started to blister, don’t pop them as you run the risk of infection. Rather lather them in cool milk and if they burst by themselves, cover them with plasters. And when your skin starts peeling, you must continue with your moisturising routine so that the new skin exposed underneath is treated and kept nourished.


You’re going to want to expose your skin so…

Because the summertime is the season for shorts and dresses, you must keep your skin looking gorgeous. The best way to do this is by making sure you exfoliate. This practice removes the dead surface skin cells that make your skin look dull and grey. Once they’ve been exfoliated, the fresh new skin underneath looks ripe and plump and, once moisturised, it may turn into one of your best features.


There are some areas of the body that we tend to forget about

For instance, your lips are made of delicate skin tissue and are often neglected, which results in them drying out. Keep your pout perfect by using a rich lip balm regularly. Also, in summer we tend to suffer acne outbreaks all over. It can be quite embarrassing, so to prevent it you should wash with an antibacterial soap and use a facial wet wipe before going to bed. And now is the season of bugs, in particular mosquitoes, which means you may be bitten. Unless, of course, you take precautions. This means having a skin-safe repellant which you can lather on at bedtime or alternatively invest in some scented air fresheners or a plug-in electronic bug repellant. The point is try not to be bitten and if you are, then don’t scratch. If you do, you’ll create scarring which will be very difficult to get rid of.


Ultimately you should consider each part of your body and how it’s affected by the heat during the summer season and then take steps to keep yourself healthy and protected.

About The Author

I was born in the Eastern Cape, close to the waves. After getting my degree in Media, Communication and Culture, I knew it was time to make my way to a big city. Not wanting to leave the ocean, Cape Town was the natural choice for me. At first I thought the fast paced world of marketing. But I never forgot that what I'd always wanted to do was write. Now I'm a freelance writer, where my office is my bedroom and my platform is the World Wide Web. I live with my partner and our two beloved Great Danes. When not reading or writing you can probably find me on the beach or exploring nature trails.

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