Smart ideas for keeping UV rays at bay
By now, we’re all well-versed in the dangers of exposing our skin to the sun. And really, when you think about it, enjoying the summer outdoors and protecting yourself from harmful UV rays don’t have to be mutually exclusive: it’s just a question of taking some simple precautions. Here are five easy and stylish ways to stay sun-safe this summer.
Wear a trendy tee with SPF protection. Lounging by the pool? Heading outside for the day? Wearing a t-shirt—whether over your swimsuit, or instead of something more revealing like a tank top—can help protect your skin from the sun, but not as much as you might think. To ensure your clothing really helps shield your skin, use a special detergent like SunGuard to arm it with UPF 30 sun protection.
Stylish suggestion: Jersey Top, $14.95 at H&M.
Always wear sunglasses. Yes, proper sunglasses can be an investment, but they are especially important when it comes to protecting your peepers and the delicate skin around them. Wear them whenever you head outside; it can’t hurt your eyes—or your style—to have more than one pair to choose from!
Stylish suggestion: RALPH by Ralph Lauren RA5180 Sunglasses, $125.95 at Sunglass Hut stores, and online.
Wear a stylish wide-brimmed hat. A hat is definitely a style statement, but it does double-duty as a great source of personal shade for not only your head, but also your face, ears, and shoulders. Choose one whose brim is at least 7.5cm wide and pair it with your above-mentioned sunnies for a look that’s über-fashionable and extra safe.
Stylish suggestion: SmartStraw Riviera Sun Hat, $69.50 USD at coolibar.com.
Don’t skimp on the sunscreen. Sure, you apply sunscreen before you head out in the sun, but do you reapply often enough? Forget the idea of “working” on your tan, and apply sunscreen generously. Believe us: you’ll still get a nice glow, minus the dangerous “red lobster” look. Some kinds of sunscreen, like an oil texture or one that leaves a shimmery finish behind, can even enhance the look of your skin upon application. It’s a win-win situation!
Stylish suggestion: Check out our eight top sunscreen choices for summer.
Seek out (or create) some shade. The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to give yourself a break from it. Take some time to rest (or, why not, nap) in the shade: your skin will thank you for it. Or grab a stylish parasol if you’re on the go. Plus, you’ll still get to enjoy your time outdoors, so it’s not like you’re missing out!
Stylish suggestion: Leighton Tiffany Parasol, $54 at Raindrops.