While we’re well into summer at this point, and you hopefully have managed to avoid a sunburn I still wanted to write my best tips on how to avoid getting a sunburn – be it this summer or next. Truthfully, I am talking from experience. The last few years I have been really careful not to get sunburnt, as my skin is extremely sensitive and I easily get UV damages. UV damage on the skin is a darker area on the skin that gets darker and darker the more sun you get, and it is usually caused by sunburn. This year, while vacationing in Croatia, I wasn’t as careful though and wound up with some pretty hurtful, painfully red areas on my body. Ouch! Without further ado here’s how to avoid getting a sunburn:
- Start at a higher SPF and work your way down.
Look, I get it. You want a tan. My normal skintone is somewhere between Morticia Addams and Voldemort, so naturally I like a little bit of color during the summer. The color I’m after, however, isn’t Jessica Rabbit’s hair so I like to start off with SPF 30 when I travel south. In Denmark, I usually don’t go that high, and if you live in a warmer climate your skin gets used to the UV rays a bit more, but I’d still recommend to start off with something around SPF15-20. Don’t overdo it though – SPF 15 blocks around 93% of the damaging rays while SPF50 blocks around 98. So the difference isn’t huge – however, sun screens with a higher SPF contain more ingredients, which can be bad if you’re sensitive.
After a few days of sun and SPF30, I usually switch to SPF15-30.
- Higher SPF for your face…AND chest!
Many people have a specific sun screen for the face, with a bit higher SPF. The skin on your face is more sensitive and the sun can easily cause damage here – everything from lines and wrinkles to dark spots (UV damage). But the skin on your neck and upper chest is actually just as sensitive! So use your face cream for the face, neck and chest.
- Apply sunscreen generously!
Since there’s no difference in sun protection between cheaper and more expensive sun screens, always go for the cheaper one so that you can apply it generously all over your face and body. If you don’t, you risk not getting full protection. Remember that you must apply your sunscreen every 2 hours!
- That parasol though!
I’m not going to tell you to stay out of the sun between 11-16 (11am-4pm) because well, what else are you supposed to do on your vacation? Of course you want to be in the sun! If it’s possible, I always rent a parasol at the beach and put it up sporadically throughout the day to get a little bit of shade. This is partly because I don’t want a sunburn and partly because I feel like a fried egg in a pan and can barely breathe with the sun on me all day. Plus: your drink stays cool! 😉
- Get in the nude!
One of the best things I’ve learned over the years is to apply your sunscreen before you head out to the beach and before you put on any clothes. Otherwise, I would always end up with a sunburn around the edges of my bikini, areas I often overlook when I put on sunscreen at the beach, and it hurts like hell! So get in the nude and start slathering that sunscreen on!
Photos from Elle Sweden, July 2016 issue.
Summer is finally approaching here in Northern Europe. Longer evenings, sunny days and barbecue evenings makes the otherwise semi-introverted Scandinavians rush outside and enjoy the few days of real summer weather that we have. That’s how summer should be spent. Yet some of us also notice the change of season on our hair. It becomes dry and brittle for some, oily for others and we can think of more fun things to do than spend hours fixing our hair when the weather’s nice, right? So here are five quick hair tips for taking care of your hair this summer – whether you’re traveling or not.
Hair scalp problems – change shampoo
Is your hair scalp really dry or really oily? The change in weather can affect your scalp, so your old shampoo might actually not work as well as it used it. Tackle your problems and use gentle hair products and your scalp will thank you!
Wear a scarf or a hat
Whether you have short hair, long hair or no hair, wearing a protective sun hat or a scarf is a must. Your hair only protects your hair scalp from the sun’s rays to a certain extent. You always put some sun screen on your face and body, yet the scalp is forgotten by many. A hat or scarf helps protect your hair scalp from sun burns and your hair from UV damage, such as change of hair color. Here are some ideas:
Hands off the tools
I know, I know. Staying away from the straightener or the hair dryer can be hard if you want to look somewhat like your usual self. However, blow drying and straightening or curling the hair damages it a lot. Summer is the perfect season to lay off these things because you can just let your hair air dry without freezing your head off. Air drying is better for both the scalp and the hair and if you’re going traveling, you don’t even have to bring the hair dryer along = more clothes in your bag! I especially love the hair style you get when you braid your hear, bathe in the ocean with it, let it dry and then take your braids out. Hello Beyoncé-locks!
Cold water wash
When washing your hair, try washing it in cold water. Too hot water can irritate your scalp, and the cold water seems to make the hair shinier. Plus, it feels really, really good taking a cold shower when it’s hot outside.
Use conditioner every time you wash your hair and/or hair treatments once a week to keep your hair moisturized and to prevent it from drying out.
Top picture from H&M.
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Every once in a while I go back to doing makeup and hair professionally. I used to do it quite a lot back in the day, but I found communication, marketing and writing to be what I wanted to do for a living, and now I have the luxury of doing it only when I feel like it. So I teamed up with Copenhagen based photographer Linn Gullberg (who is also a Swede and very talented as you can see) and did a campaign for the watch brand Mockberg. Above you can see the results, which will be up in stores selling the brand.
L’Oréal True Match Foundation / MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Concealer / Benefit Brow Zings / L’Oréal Brow Artist Plumper / Benefit They’re Real Mascara / MAC Blush in Melba/ Sleek Face Form (contour & highlight) / EOS Lip Balm