By Simi A Mira

That time of year is quickly rolling around again, and the thought of sun-kissed, glowing skin can easily overtake the logical thoughts on how to look after your precious skin during the summer months. As much as we all need some sun and it’s nourishing vitamins, it can rapidly become harmful to our wellbeing if we expose ourselves to it without caution. On top of this, it ages you speedily which is something we all want to avoid!

Here is a list of five ways in which you can take care of skin whilst still reaping the benefits of the luscious summer months:

1. Sunscreen

You may be thinking this is obvious – and it is – but you’d be surprised as to how many people actually forget or don’t bother with sunscreen at all. Depending on your skin type, you will need to pick the right SPF for your needs. For example, if your skin turns red after ten minutes in the sun, as sunscreen of SPF10 would allow for a hundred minutes in the sun protected. Remember that sunscreen can also be oily, so washing off after a day in the sun is a must. After all, this article is all about taking care of our skin!

2. Headwear

Personally, I don’t need an excuse to wear my western straw hat or opt to adorn a floppy beach hat, but what better reason than to be protecting your precious skin.  The permanent shade above your head will prevent the sun from glaring on your face and causing irreversible ageing, as well as helping you look uber chic. More than just a fashion accessory, Summer hats are a must for the clued-up beach goer.

3. Fake Tan

If you’re dying to get bronzed in time to bare your skin, don’t hit the sunbeds – this has the same effects on your skin as prolonged tanning, and will only leave you looking leathery and aged in the long run. Instead, pick up a bottle of fake tan and give yourself a risk-free glow in the comfort of your own home. There are number of tanners out there, and depending on your skin tone and type, the right one is out there for you. If you’ve never fake tanned before and are a bit apprehensive, there are ‘gradual’ tanners available, that will slowly make your skin darker over the course of time you apply it. This gives you a fantastic level of control over your tan – something the sun doesn’t offer.

4. Drink Plenty of Water

it’s easy to let the sun and the laid back summer feels entice you into cocktails and cold beers, but it’s extremely important to stay properly hydrated with water. Both the sun and alcohol dehydrates and will leave you feeling worse than sluggish if you don’t take care. A lack of water during summer months can lead to break outs and dull skin – remember to keep up with your water intake and ensure your skin stays glowing all summer long.

5. Examine

Remember to keep a check on your skin during these months, especially. Moles changing shape, places that itch or bleed are all warning signs you should get checked out. Whilst a mole that moves isn’t always abnormal, it’s something to keep an eye on and consult your doctor about if it begins to become a cause for concern. Whilst this article is about taking care of your skin, regular skin checks also takes care of your overall health.

There is the Top 5 Ways to Look After Your Skin in The Sun. If you make sure you remember all of these, you’ll undoubtedly have glowing skin that will wow all year round – not just in summer.

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