How to look fabulous while being sunsmart

New trends… Sunsmart make-up

If you’re serious about sun protection – and you should be! – you may have faced the dilemma of wanting sun protection but not the greasy, heavy feel of sunscreen underneath your make-up. Fear not! The solution is choosing make-up products that contain sunscreen with a SPF rating of 15 or higher, and layering them to increase their protective affect. This will help you look stunning when you’re sunning!

Start with a moisturiser containing sunscreen, and make sure you apply it to your neck, ears and upper chest as well as your face – it’s easy to forget these areas. If you find your brows tend to get bleached by the sun, make sure you cover these, too. The sunscreen will help slow the sun’s bleaching affect.

Next apply a foundation that contains sunscreen, and follow it up with powder, which will bring yet another protective layer. Powder also helps to hold the foundation and sunscreen on your face – it’s no good to you if it’s been washed away by perspiration. It’s also a good idea to use waterproof mascara, which is less likely to give you panda eyes if you do get a little hot and sticky.

Don’t forget your lips! These also need protection and thankfully manufacturers have created lipsticks that contain sunscreen too. You can also get lip balms that contain sunscreen and these are a good option – lips are just as vulnerable to sun burn and need protecting. In sunny weather, avoid clear lip gloss that does not contain SPF – some dermatologists believe that clear shiny lips may actually absorb damaging UV rays even faster.

Taking these simple precautionary steps will protect your skin from photoaging – the day-to-day sun exposure that builds over time to damage our skin and can even lead to skin cancer. But if you are heading beach or poolside, you will need the strength of waterproof sunscreen reapplied at two-hourly intervals during the day, as the sunscreen in make-up won’t hold up for long with this kind of use.

Remember – UV-blocking sunglasses, hats and appropriate clothing are also important when it comes to sun protection, and it’s best to stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

TIP If you are planning to use fake tanning lotions, first apply moisturiser to areas such as your brows, under you eyes, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles. This will minimise the tanning lotion’s coverage in these areas and make your tan look more natural.

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