Even if you’re being careful to avoid the sun, always wear sunscreen, even on overcast days, and it should be a safe, natural brand with a good SPF coverage. If you wear make-up, your brand should have a good SPF coverage, too. Depending on your skin tone, you’ll want to use anywhere from SPF 30 to SPF 50. Don’t forget to apply to areas such as the tops of your ears, hairline, neck and décolleté. The lips, too, as they can burn easily and get chapped.
Use an after-sun spray or gel. Aloe is wonderful for this, but you’ll want to use the gel from the leaf itself, or a clear, all-natural aloe gel. A cooling spray sometimes feels better on hot, sticky skin and you can easily make a DIY after-sun spray with witch hazel, spring water and essential oils. Mix in a few drops of pure therapeutic grade Geranium or Lavender, for example, and shake well before use! Keep the bottle refrigerated for the extra cooling effect. Rose water is fantastic for the summer months because it’s multi-purpose. You can use it as a face mist, skin toner, and even a spray mist for your hair.