5 TIPS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE SUMMER HEAT SAFE & SOUND (AND ENJOY IT!)
Aloha pretty people! As you may have seen on my Instagram, I just returned from a trip to Spain and as I shockingly had to realise, after years of hiding on the inside and creeping around, avoiding the sun like a real-life Vampire, I have apparently developed a slight case of a SUN ALLERGY (oh no!). So I decided (or rather you did on an Instagram poll) to put the knowledge I’ve gathered over the years to good use and write a little something on how to be friends with the heat and become a child of summer (or if you already are, stay safe while frolicking around amongst sun rays).
This is probably the first year in a loooong time-span of years that I’m actually, truly enjoying summer and all it brings with it (minus the wasps and Co. Please Universe, make them cute.)
Tip Number 1: HIGH SUNBLOCK
This is probably obvious, but: ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN. And I’m not talking about slapping on some weak-ish SPF 20 stuff, but at least SPF 30 or even 50 sunblock (even for darker skin). Don’t worry, you’ll still get a tan and look nice and summery, but high sunblock at the same time protects your skin. Make sure it blocks UVA as well as UVB rays and if you tend to get blocked pores from rich milky creams, go for a sun-gel or spray. They, too come in SPF 50 and can prevent things such as „Acne aestivalis“. It’s a special form of sun allergy, that’s not actual acne, but a reaction of your skin when emulsifiers / lipids in your milky sunblock don’t get along with your hair follicles! Below, see some of my favourites:
*However, if you experience extreme pain or itchiness, you should definitely go see a doctor.*
Tip Number 2: AFTER-SUN GEL (Preferably Aloe Vera!)
Gather all things ALOE VERA! If you can be bothered to scrape out their meaty leaves, get the plant itself. If you’re a little more lazy, buy Aloe-Vera gels as a cooling after-sun remedy. It’s not just great for sunburns, but really, really hydrating and healing for your skin in general. So even if that day at the beach did not turn you into the human version of a crispy chicken, your skin’s still gonna love it (and make it smooth as heck). A little hydration never hurt nobody, especially after a bath in the sun. Again, below I’ve listed you my favourites:
Tip Number 3: COOLING SNACKS
If there’s one snack I love during summer, it’s slightly frozen fruits. They’re healthy, tasty and give you a quick cool down. I know, people suggest to drink warm tea / water to regulate bodily warmth, but I’ve never experienced a negative side effect from eating frozen watermelon. Plus: you can throw them in a blender and make yourself a sweet summer smoothie anytime!!
Pro Tip: For the perfect iced coffee, freeze some coffee cubes (matcha tea is also great!!) and just add some milk or plant based drink of your choice. Again: throw it in a blender, add some cacao powder, or syrup et voilà: you got your summer Frappé!
Tip Number 4: HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE!
And no, I’m not talking about your 3rd Apérol Spritz of the day. I drink about three liters of water a day and sometimes in summer even more. Even if you don’t feel exceptionally thirsty, your body needs it anyway. Drinking at least 2-3 liters of water every day (especially when it’s hot) will keep your energy levels high and prevent headaches! Foods containing lots of water (like watermelons or cucumbers) are a great addition. And if you should ever feel exceptionally dehydrated, buy water containing electrolytes you can find it in any supermarket. However if you experience extreme fatigue, sickness, or headaches due to dehydration, or even a heat-stroke, again you should go see a doctor :-)
Tip Number 5: HATS HATS HATS!
Yep you heard me right. Since there’s no sunblock for the head (or at least I haven’t heard of it) I highly suggest you try out this very stylish safe-keeper for your highest body part. They don’t just look great, they also deliver shade to a super sun-sensitive area. If your head keeps its cool, your least likely to experience heat- and / or sun-strokes. Also, it’s great for those with a light sun-allergy comme moi. If you like big hats, like I do, then they’re also delivering a certain shade to your décolleté, neck shoulders and upper arms. They are the body parts most exposed by sunlight and therefore most prone to experience sunburn. And as uncool as it sounds, every sunburn increases your risk of ever developing skin cancer, especially for those with fair skin.
Extra-Tip: FOR THOSE WITH A SUN-ALLERGY
If you know your skin reacts sensitive to UV-rays, like mine does, there’s really no cure-all. You can however prevent it by exposing your skin to a healthy amount of sunlight on a regular basis, let it get used to the sun step by step. If you notice any negative symptoms, such as small pimples or itchy red spots (especially on your shoulders, arms, etc.), seek shade. My symptoms tend to disappear pretty quickly, once I’m back lurking in the shadows :-D Use super high sunblock, preferably gel or water spray (SPF 50!) and don’t be afraid to lather it on. After sun-bathing, always use aloe-vera cooling gel. Oh and prep your skin by taking certain vitamins, like Beta-Carotin. You can find them in pretty much every pharmacy or drug store around.
So, there you have it! I hope I could provide you with some helpful infos on how to protect your skin and body from the heat (no, better - become friends with it!) and really make the most out of this year’s summer! On another note: I’ve already got lots of content planned for the upcoming weeks, so….see you sooner, rather than later, hehe!
All the best,