Health Tips for Summer
Health and Beauty Sep 26, 2018
It’s getting hot out there. Way hot. Which is why we’ve all got to be careful. Have you ever seen what happens when someone spends their whole life suntanning? Here’s a clue:
You make an excellent handbag.
Suntanning isn’t that different from tanning animal skin into leather. And leather isn’t necessary a good look on anyone. It’s easy to forget where we live. But it’s far south, close to the South Pole. The Ozone Layer is thinner here than any other country in the world. (By country, we mean officially recognised nation state.)
The sun’s radiation is far more intense here. It doesn’t matter how dark your skin, it’s still susceptible. That said, very fair skin is most vulnerable.
Here are our tips for surviving summer’s searing sun with your beauty intact.
Wear Sunscreen. Just like Baz Luhrmann said.
We’re referring, of course, to a very popular track from 20 years ago – it featured life advice, about five minutes worth of it. But the most important point it made was, “If you ignore everything else, at least wear sunscreen.” That’s right. Don’t neglect sunscreen in the South African sun. Sunscreen is a bit of a chore to have to do every day, but it beats growths on your skin. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. And while the chance of survival is amazingly high if it is identified in time, there’s still a lot of discomfort along the way. More to the point: like in our animal tannery example, your skin will not be happy with overly lots of sun rays.
You might not plan to be out in the sun a lot, but it’s possible to have problems with just small amounts of constant exposure. Lauryl (not her real name) developed a cancerous mole on her right arm simply from driving to work every day. Her route meant the sun was shining direct sunlight onto her arm. She reckons it was two years of that along a particular route to cause problems. A painful surgery later, she’s had her windows tinted with UV shades.
Sunscreen would have helped too.
Hats make a difference.
This summer, wear a hat. There are so many to choose from. Make it a fashion statement. We realise hats might seem a bit out of date, but not only can they look awesome from a ‘look’ point-of-view, they protect us from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Hair is protein. And protein breaks down in extreme heat. As the temperature rises, and the UV intensifies, hats act as a shield to block the worst of it from our heads. There are bell-shaped hats. They give us a Tinkerbell effect.
Or maybe panama hats – typically for the boys, they actually rock really nicely with the girls, too. Giving an urbane look, while actually accentuating your femininity – especially when worn with long hair streaming down. You could go for a more ‘gangsta’ look, with a baseball cap – this especially when said cap is worn backwards.
Then there’s the fedora – similar to the panama, but clipped and less wide-brimmed. It will give you a ‘30s vibe, really effective with a wide-brimmed smile.
Finally, you could go with the floppy hat, perfect for a day at the beach, or simply to stand out on the Jozi street. Works really well with deep-red lipstick.
A Bottle of the best.
Don’t leave home without your trusty water bottle. Keeping hydrated is the name of the game. Plenty of H20 not only is good for the body, but also the soul. It’s true: staving off the heat by drinking water will enable your body to operate at its best. Your brain will be sharper, your concentration truer, and of course your skin will thank you for it. The experts recommend you consume about 2 – 3 litres of water a day. That’s best done in sips, of course. You never want to gulp water. The kidneys can only process about 500ml of water an hour.
So having a stylish water bottle with you ensures you have your daily recommended water without suddenly going overboard.
Keep the coffee and tea to a minimum. While they both have health benefits, they also act as diuretics. Small doses is key.
Don’t forget lip balm.
Your lips are, actually, thin membranes, prone to drying and vulnerable to the heat. You want to ensure you’re carrying a top-quality lip balm at all times. Don’t be afraid to coat your lips. That coating helps not only moisturise the lips, but prevent moisture from evaporating. It’ll make them shiny and pretty too.
Pucker up. You look beautiful.