Why spa breaks make sense this summer
Hard though it may sometimes be to believe, especially as you watch the latest shower of icy rain descending determinedly from the sky, spring is just round the corner. And of course, hot on the heels of spring comes summer, with its fair share of challenges for even the most savvy of sun worshippers.
Exposure to sunshine can be just as hard on your skin as the lip-chapping, moisture-sapping winter winds – albeit in a different way. Which is why there is no time like the present to start planning your skin protection strategy…
There are various ways in which you can best prepare your skin to ensure it’s ready to greet the rays of sunshine that (we hope!) will soon be making their warming presence felt the length and breadth of Great Britain.
Firstly, make sure that you incorporate twice weekly exfoliation treatment into your beauty regime – especially once the weather really begins to heat up, as your skin will produce more perspiration and oil, thus accelerating the build-up of dead cells.
Also, ensure that you cleanse properly each night and that you choose a suitable make-up that nourishes and protects your skin. Your local beauty spa is almost certain to stock modern mineral make-up boasting an SPF factor of 15-20, and this level of protection can be augmented by wearing sun lotion under the make-up.
Another essential tip for successful skin protection during the summer months is one that many staunch tan-seekers notoriously fail to heed: cover up!
If you are planning to be outside on a glorious summer’s day – whether you’re busy gardening, lazing at the beach or getting some much-needed exercise, experts suggest that you don’t leave your vulnerable skin exposed to the sunlight for more than ten minutes.
Hats and long-sleeved shirts generally cut out harmful radiation better than suntan lotion – but don’t forget to apply cream to your hands and feet, as you’re unlikely to be wearing gloves at this time of year unless you’re in the garden.
To protect your eyes, choose a pair of sunglasses that offer suitable protection – the vast choice of fashionable and affordable sunglasses these days means that no one could reasonably claim “But sunglasses don’t suit me.”
Finally, remember to drink plenty of water so you stay hydrated. Even skin that is not directly exposed to the sun will dry out and look scaly and dull. The ideal recommended liquid intake is 5-8 glasses of water a day – plus plenty of fruits and vegetables, since they are also a good source of hydration.
By planning ahead and making slight changes to your routine in good time, you can ensure that your skin looks good this summer – come rain, hail or shine.