Must-Have Sun Care Accessories

With long, sun-soaked summer days quickly approaching, it is time to take stock of all of your sun care products, throwing out any that are no longer of use. Once you have done so, it is time to fill your cupboards with these must-have sun care accessories, ensuring that your skin will be properly protected from any damaging UV rays all season long.

Woman wearing a hat

Sun Hats
Rather than thinking of a sun hat as a cumbersome item that you would rather not wear, look at it as another stylish accessory that you can add to your outfit. Sun hats will give your face extra UV protection, the amount of which depends on how much of your face the hat shades. If you are quite active, a smaller brim is ideal, but this does mean that you would need to ensure that the unshaded parts of your face and shoulders are protected from the sun in another way.

Breathable Clothing
If you are planning to spend the entire day outdoors, ensuring that your clothing will give your body protection from the sun is essential. To keep life simple, invest in a couple of natural-fabric garments that are of a classic style and color, and that you can easily turn to when you know that you have a day outdoors in the sun coming up. For those of you who frequently spend a large amount of time outdoors, whether for work or simply your daily commute on your bicycle, it is always useful to own a couple of items of clothing that provide UV protection, and that are designed to be ultra-breathable to guarantee thorough ventilation.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, which is why this is often the first area to show visible signs of aging. When choosing sunglasses, ensure that the lenses provide 100% UV protection, and do not forget that, if they do not wrap around the sides of your face, then you will still need to apply sunscreen to those areas of skin in order to keep wrinkles at bay.

After Sun Lotion or Gel
Even those that are extremely vigilant about sun care will find that they end up with a patch of skin that may be slightly tender and burnt after a day in the sun. This is why having a reliable after sun lotion is essential, as this burnt skin needs to be immediately cared for. Products that contain nourishing ingredients, such as cocoa butter and shea butter, will provide moisture and hydration, while aloe vera and cucumber will help to cool and repair the skin.

Woman applying sunscreen

Sunscreen
While the appropriate clothing and accessories do provide a great level of protection from the sun, it is always necessary to have a sunscreen that you can turn to as well. Mineral-based sunscreens will usually provide the best protection against sun damage and premature aging, as the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that they contain sit on the skin and form a powerful barrier against UVA and UVB rays.

Sun damage can lead to so many different problems, not only superficially but also long-term, which is why these sun care accessories are absolutely necessary. Ensuring that your skin is well protected from the sun, not only with sunscreen but also with added shade from clothing and accessories, is something that will do your skin and body a world of good.

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Summer Nutrition Tips

Barbecues in the sun, an abundance of ice cream and vacation indulgence all make it that much harder to stay healthy in the summer. However, the summer is also when fresh, seasonal produce is more widely available, and our bodies could definitely do with the extra boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, to help it cope with the change in temperature and the dehydrating heat. OROGOLD brings you some useful summer nutrition tips to help you to stay healthy during these warmer months.

Grilled chicken with fresh salad.

Light Meals
Lighter and smaller meals are much better for your body than large, heavy ones, and, with the abundance of fresh produce available during the summer, it is the perfect opportunity to lighten up your diet. Summer fruits and vegetables are naturally high in a whole range of antioxidants, as well as fiber to aid digestion, and this is desperately needed by the body in order to cope with the extra stress that the summer months place on it. However, those same fruits and vegetables lose many of their nutrients the more that they are cooked, so OROGOLD recommends eating them raw, or just lightly cooked, as much as possible.

Woman drinking water from a bottle while jogging.

Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated during the summer months may seem obvious, but it is still something that many fail to sufficiently do. Not only does drinking plenty of fluids keep away the chance of heat stroke, but it also improves metabolism, helps digestion, and plays a huge role in the health of your skin and hair. For those of you who find it difficult to pack in the recommended amount of daily water, or simply just prefer something with a bit more flavor, try adding fresh fruit slices to your bottle of water, as well as some mint leaves, to create your own fruit-infused water. OROGOLD also recommends that fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, citrus fruits and spinach, should also be added to your diet.

Sweet potato made with herbs and onions

Potassium-Rich Foods
Due to the extra sweating that the body does during the summer months, your potassium levels can quickly become depleted, impacting your muscles and nerves. To keep this from happening, try to fit in as many potassium-rich foods into your diet as possible. These include bananas, winter squash, sweet potato, white beans and yogurt. OROGOLD suggests using these ingredients to create snacks that you can pack and take with you during the day, so that you are less tempted to purchase processed snacks and more likely to stay as healthy as possible. If potassium loss is something that really worries you, OROGOLD recommends doing some research on cooking methods, as with potatoes, for example, baking them gives you double the amount of potassium than you would get if you boiled them.

Generally, since the fresh produce available during the summer months is so high in nutrients, the body needs less food than it does in the colder months. If you are relatively active during the summer, then it is important to keep replenishing your body’s lost potassium and sodium, as well as to remember to stay hydrated.