Living in a country that suffers from winter a solid 8 months of the year, we tend to get a little sun crazy when that giant orb of light actually starts emitting heat! Yes – let’s spend all of the time in the sun – but let’s not forget to be safe about it! Extra rays in a day can cause added stress to our skin and hair – being proactive about sun safety just makes you smart, even though the term itself makes you sound like a giant gomer.
This week – we dedicate our post to the products that keep us safe in the sun and looking good while we bask in it!
SPF that shit up!
To be honest, we really don’t care what kind of sun screen you’re using, as long as you’re using it; but if you’re looking for a recommendation, we love Clarins SPF 50 Sunscreen Care Spray. It has the ease of an aerosol spray without causing negligible things to happen to the outdoors. It’s also designed for people who are sensitive to the sun, which is actually all of us and protects your largest and most important organ, aka your skin, from looking like an old leather shoe that got left in the rain. You’re welcome. Be sure to apply thirty minutes before going in the sun. SUN SAFETY! We got this at Sephora
Aloe Gel to the Rescue –
If being outdoors is like a workout for you skin, after sun aloe gel is like a protein shake. In fact, ancient Egyptians referred to this as “the plant of immortality” and apparently Cleopatra knew her shit, so... Apply after a day in the sun to restore the epithelial layer of your skin, for faster healing. As an added bonus, it also has a cooling effect. Purchase at any drugstore!
Coconut Oil because, well – have you smelled it?
Along with smelling good enough to eat (but don’t though) this is like a moisturizer for your skin on crack. Both of us suffer from crazy dry skin in the summer – this is the answer to that problem. Simply wash face, pat dry and apply less than you think you’d need. We love this as a solution to dry skin as its free of any additives or perfumes that can sometimes exacerbate the issue of dry skin. We like The Skinny Coconut Oil that’s available at Sephora. (and cheap!)
Lip Balm with SPF!
We tend to forget about protecting our lips in the sun. But as two people that have both suffered sun burned lips, we’ll never forget again. Lots of lipsticks and glosses are formulated with an SPF in them, but if you’re out for a day in the sun, we’re guessing you might not necessarily be wearing a bright pink lip. We always keep a tube of Blistex in our pocket, and are presently in love with their Orange Mango Blast! Available at any Shoppers Drug Mart!
Your hair needs love too!
Much like we don’t think about what the sun does to our lips, we absolutely don’t think about the damage it can do to our hair! On days when we’re getting in and out of the water, or a pool especially, our hair takes a beating! Make a point of giving it some tender loving care with an overnight mask. We love “Living Proof’s night cap, overnight perfector” for just that. Available at Sephora and worth its weight in gold! Simply shampoo and condition your hair before bed, and apply to ends working your way up to your roots. Honestly magic!
All you need is mascara!
If you are in fact hopping in and out of the water all day, and don’t necessarily want to look like a prebuscent person while doing it, we love applying a waterproof mascara to maintain a certain air of adult. Make-up Forever makes an out of bounds water proof mascara that can sustain five hours of under water activities. For real! (as an added trick, that coconut oil you now own is also exceptionally handy at removing water proof mascara!)