Prepare for summer
Before heading off on holiday or stepping into the garden for some much needed vitamin D, make sure you have the right products to protect your skin and hair so that you can relax and enjoy yourself in the sun…
Moisturise your face and body
Oil glands lose their power as we age, but daily moisturising will keep your skin hydrated and refreshed. Ensure that your summer day cream has a sun protection factor – at least SPF30 is recommended for good defence.
Intensive Age-Defying Day Cream SPF30
This cream is ideal for mature skin to help protect from long-term damage – with UVA and UVB protection and added vitamin E to care for your skin all day.£17.95 for 30ml healthspan.co.uk
Ideal for sensitive skin prone to redness, it can also be used as a daily moisturiser for the face or as an ‘undercoat’ before sun creams to help de-sensitise skin. £10.95 for 75ml kalme.co.uk
PS… SPF30 Moisturising Serum Drops
With argan oil and vitamin E, this cruelty-free antioxidant-infused serum is applied to cleansed skin to hydrate and protect from the sun’s harmful rays. £4.50 for 25ml primark.com
Organic Orange Blossom Floral Water
A soothing spray to spritz the skin after cleansing to calm and refresh – handy for travelling when it’s hot or as a relaxing pillow spray. From £7.50 for 100ml absolute-aromas.com
Organic Aloe Vera Lotion
Ideal for stretch marks, scars, dry or chapped skin, sunburn, skin irritations and minor burns, this soothing lotion moisturises, softens and restores. £4.55 for 200ml beautynaturals.com
UV radiation causes damage to the skin, resulting in prickly heat, painful sunburn and in some cases, skin cancer. Sun creams block ultraviolet radiation from being absorbed by the skin, like a mirror to reflect UV light away.
Hello Sunday The One for Your Hands SPF30
The backs of your hands are susceptible to sun damage and signs of premature ageing. Fast absorbing and lightweight, apply every two hours for best results. £9 for 30ml cultbeauty.co.uk
Hawaiian Tropical Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF30
This translucent powder can be worn under make-up or on its own for a lighter, more natural look £10.89 for 4.25g boots.com
Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Protection Lotion SPF50+
Ideal for fair, sensitive skin, this sunscreen is water-resistant and protects against sun damage, UVA, UVB and long UVA – a little goes a long way! £11 for 200ml boots.com
Piz Buin Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF50+
Containing a strong antioxidant, this non-sticky lotion offers intense moisturisation.
Even though it’s factor 50, it’s not thick and greasy and is easy to apply. £7.50 for 200ml Tesco
Good to know
Choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum UV protection of at least SPF 30 for all skin tones. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out into the sun. For a healthy glow, why not try a moisturiser with a hint of fake tan? But always remember to use a sunscreen as well!
For your hair
It’s essential to protect your hair and scalp from sun damage and there are lots of products available to help you to do so.
Calypso Scalp Protection Spray SPF30
Ideal for covering exposed skin areas that we all forget about – the hairline, parting and around the ears! £4.12 for 50ml amazon.co.uk
Aussie SOS Supercharged Repair Hair Mask
This vegan mask smells divine and is the perfect remedy for hair that has been exposed to the sun, styling appliances or colouring. £8 for 450ml sainsburys.co.uk
Extracts Avocado & Manuka Honey Conditioning Spray
Dry and frizzy hair will love this beautifully scented leave-in conditioner after a day in the sun! It’s also great for detangling long and curly hair. £3.99 for 100ml superdrug.com
Habitual Rosemary Essential Oil
Add a few drops of rosemary oil to your shampoo to dilute it before massaging into your scalp to stimulate the hair follicles to promote hair growth and manageable locks
£4.99 for 10ml superdrug.com
Philip Kingsley Swimcap Water Resistant Mask
The water-resistant formula shields your hair from the damage caused by salt, chlorinated water and UV rays to reduce dryness and colour-fade, while improving bounce and shine.
£18 for 75ml boots.com