By Victoria Harvey
As summer continues, it’s important to remember to take care of ourselves. We all know the damaging effects the sun can have on your skin, but what about the rest of your body?
There are key parts of your body that need protecting against the sun, and many of them are the ones we think about the least. Your hair and your eyes are two of the most important, yet neglected parts of you that you should be focusing on during the summer.
Eyes - Your eyes are very sensitive and the sun’s harsh UV and UBA rays can cause severe permanent damage if you’re not careful. Ophthalmologist Aisha Mumtaz, M.D. says, “Without sunglasses, your eyes are prone to cataracts and solar retinopathy if you spend too much time in the sun.”
Hair Protection - Think your luscious locks are immune to the exposure of the sun’s rays? Think again. When you head to the store to replenish your stash of sunscreen, make sure you pick up some for your hair too! Without protection against the sun, your hair cuticles will be damaged, leaving your hair dry, brittle, and discolored.
Hair Maintenance - Another way to maintain your hair in the midst of summer heat is to get a Keratin treatment. This cuts back on frizz immensely and allows shorter styling time. This is especially helpful in the summer months because it allows for less heat. Keratin treatments start at $200 depending on hair length and type but results last 6 months to a year!
Lips - What many people tend to forget is that your lips are part of your skin, and just like the rest of your skin, they can get sunburned too! Make sure you pick up a chapstick with SPF this summer, and if you’ve had to learn the hard way, you can treat your sunburned lips with 100% aloe gel.
Our top picks to protect against the summer sun:
Coola Organic Scalp & Hair Mist (SPF 30)
As the chemical blockers work to protect your scalp and strands from harmful UV rays, the plant based ingredients add some much needed hydration to your hair. Find it at Sephora for $26!
Knockaround Fast Lanes (UV400 Protection)
These sunglasses are not only stylish, but one of the best pairs to keep your eyes protected from the harsh rays of the sun. You can find them on Amazon for $25!
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm (SPF 20)
This shea butter based lip balm will leave your lips smooth, moisture packed with a rosy tint. Protect your lips from the harsh summer heat with this balm. Find it on Amazon for $8!
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