There’s nothing quite like a Southern summer, but boy, can they be brutal. From the beach to the ballpark, it’s important to take a few precautions to ensure your day in the sun doesn’t leave you sunburnt, stung, or totally scorched!
SPF IS YOUR BFF
This probably sounds like a no-brainer by now, but a commitment to covering yourself in a good sunscreen is a relatively new school of thought – after all, it wasn’t that long ago we were slathering ourselves in Crisco or lining up to lay in a light box for that crispy golden glow. But those days are long gone, and now it is recommended that you wear SPF all day, every day, all year round – particularly on your face – to help minimize the effects of aging as well as reduce your risk of skin cancer. Check your makeup, most foundations and BB creams have a built in SPF, but it’s always a good idea to start with a base moisturizer like an EltaMD or our makeup guru Lisa Martensen’s go-to Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch before you apply or especially if you’re going foundation-free on your afternoon adventure. But protecting your beautiful face is only the beginning! When the sleeves and the sundresses are short, your skin is extra exposed and it's a good idea to load on a layer of sunscreen all over before you leave the house. Beauty brands and blind tests recommend Banana Boat Light As Air SPF 50 for a traditional chemical sunscreen or try Blue Lizard Mineral Sunscreen if you prefer chemical-free. REMEMBER: always err on the safe side of sun protection – prevention > correction!