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Take care of your skin during summer

South Africa has a high UV index, so we must take extra precautions to protect our skin from harmful UV rays. Here are some useful tips to help prevent damage and maintain healthy-looking skin. 

  • Use sunscreen. Sunscreen should have a high SPF (sun protecting factor) of at least 30. You should reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of water. Not only will this keep your skin healthy from the inside out, but staying hydrated during the hot summer days is essential. 
  • Wear protective clothing – wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and light-weight, long-sleeved shirts to protect your skin. 
  • Seek shade – avoid direct sun exposure when the sun is at its hottest.
  • Use after-sun lotions and soothing skincare products on skin that has been exposed to the sun. If you are sunburnt, avoid the sun until your skin has recovered.
  • Use make-up with an SPF and a light-weight moisturiser to help keep your skin moisturised. 
  • Remember to wear lip balm to protect your lips.