The sun is public enemy number one when it comes to our skin! UV damage is linked to early signs of ageing (which we want to avoid). If you do over exposure your skin to the sun, check out our top tips for sunburn recovery. Here are our tips on how to protect your complexion from the harmful UV rays. Keep scrolling to discover your best defence against the sun. 1. Stay hydrated Sip on that H20 to keep your body and skin hydrated. Being H20 happy means upping your intake of water to naturally detoxify and flush out any impurities. The sun and generally spending more time being active outdoors can dehydrate you quickly, so carry that bottle with you at all times to keep topped up. The best thing is, a splash of wellness is refreshing and free! If you think you’re dehydrated, tap here. 2. Good nutrition can also help Yep, you might not initially think it but the correct diet, keeping the gut and immune system balanced, supplementation, and helping digestion, gives you the best chance of keeping your skin a-glowing! Think of nourishing your body and boosting your immunity. Your body was created to feel amazing from the inside out. Find out what foods are high in antioxidants and therefore are great for your skin. 3. Cover up Slip into some shade to get extra cover while still feeling the benefits of being outdoors. Try a leafy tree or a large umbrella and embrace nature and the social side the summer brings. And don’t forget to slap on a hat… where style and sun protection come together in a favourite accessory of many. Get your glam on and give yourself some portable shade. But it’s not just your skin… reach for your sunnies because UV rays can also damage the tissue in your eyes and burn the cornea. 4. Supercharge your skin with antioxidants We love a good antioxidant … They protect, prevent, and limit free radical damage, and some assist with hydration and inflammation too. Wearing a serum packed with antioxidants under your SPF ensures your skin is powerfully protected and leaves your complexion smooth and soft. Ultraceuticals’s Antioxidant Complex is designed specifically to help protect against environmental aggressors. This advanced serum is formulated with a powerful complex of antioxidants and helps protect against the visible signs of premature skin ageing by helping to reduce toxic free radicals and minimise their potential for causing damage. Formulated with a powerful complex of antioxidants including Silymarin (Milk Thistle), a Vitamin C derivative, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid, and is designed to be used seamlessly alongside your daily SPF protection. SPF protects against UV damage and the Ultra Protective Antioxidant Complex, adds further protection against other non-UV environmental stressors, minimizing toxic free radical damage and in turn, premature skin ageing. 5. Our #1 Pro Beauty Tip … Sunscreen isn’t just for holidays, it’s an everyday essential. Carry at all times to re-apply just as you would your lippy! Be generous not sparing and cover all areas. Leave nothing for those rays to attack and ensure you choose the best option for you and your skin type. Always play it safe. While we all need some sun exposure so our bodies can make vitamin D (which helps the body absorb calcium essential for bone health), too much sun exposure can cause quite some damage. Between September and May in New Zealand – especially between 11am and 4pm, pay particular attention to protection and regular top up’s and plan your exposure where possible. Check out Melanoma New Zealand for more information on sun exposure times and skin lesions. Everyday Sun protection: Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser Range We love the UV Protective Daily Moisturiser range from Ultraceuticals, which is perfect as an everyday sun protectant. The range includes the Hydrating SPF 30, Hydrating SPF 50+, Mattifying SPF 30, Mattifying SPF 50+, and a Sheer Tint SPF 30. For Normal-Dry skin types, the Hydrating option is great for retaining moisture, and ensuring your skin won’t feel dried out after application. For Normal-Oily skin types, the Mattifying option will help absorb excess oil whilst protecting your skin. Lastly, if you’re looking for a natural glow with your SPF, the Sheer Tint provides natural looking coverage with a hint of colour. Sweat-proof sunscreen: SunActive SPF50+ Range If you’re looking for an SPF range to keep up with your active lifestyle, look no further than the SunActive SPF50+ options. Designed to provide high sun protection with 4 hours water resistance, the range is perfect if you’re out and about in the sun during the day. Included in the SunActive range is the SunActive SPF 50+ Face & Body Lotion, which provides all over body protection; the SunActive Face & Body Recovery Cream designed to reduce irritation induced by sun exposure; and the SunActive SPF 50+ Face Cream for dedicated protection for your complexion. Make-up friendly: Brush on Block Need to top up your sunscreen over your makeup? Brush on Block is a revolutionary dry sun protection housed in a patent-pending self-dispensing, refillable brush. It delivers instant SPF 30 coverage every time you brush it on. The convenient application makes it easy to NATURALLY protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.