Top 3 Sun Care Basics

I finally had a chance to hit the beach this weekend. I hadn’t been in a while so the getaway was a welcome retreat.

The high was 98 degrees and the water was easily 80. Although I enjoyed the warm sun on my body, I made sure to take the necessary precautions to protect my skin and hair.

Here are my top three sun care basics to get you through the rest of summer…

  • Lotion Up

Contrary to popular belief, black does crack…and burn. Be sure to choose a sunblock with both uva and uvb protection and apply it at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. I use Coppertone Kids Spectra 3 Spectra 3 Sunblock Lotion with SPF 50.

(By the way, there’s no real difference between adult and child sun care products. It’s simply a marketing strategy. “Kiddie” perm, anyone?)

  • Cover Up
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The sun can be surprisingly damaging in a short amount of time. Don’t forget that the sun’s rays also reflect off of sand and water. Bring/rent a beach umbrella to provide a cool reprieve.

Likewise, invest in a summery straw hat or a breathable head scarf to protect your locks from the sun’s rays.

  • Fill Up

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…Your hair, that is.

Think of your hair as a gas tank; it can only hold so much liquid before it fills up and can’t hold any more.

Rinse your hair with regular water before enjoying the ocean or pool. By “filling up” your strands beforehand you leave less room for salt and chlorine to get in.

And be sure to rinse again as soon as possible after leaving the ocean. You want to rid your hair of any salt/chlorine that sneaks in. And if you don’t have time for a full-fledged shampoo, simply rinse well and do a co-wash.

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Readers of NHBG, what are your top sun care basics? Did I leave out anything?

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