6 Summer Health Savers!
Whether you’re escaping the soaring temperatures, or staying put in the sweltering city, keep fit, healthy and slim this summer with these super simple tips!
You’ll never catch a celebrity out in the sunshine without their shades for good reason. Aside from helping to ignore the ever-invasive paparazzi, a decent pair of sunglasses (that’s ones that block both UVA and UVB rays) are essential for keeping your eyes healthy whilst minimising the development of pesky wrinkles.
Sun damage can contribute to cataracts, photokeratitis (a temporary but painful corneal burn), and basal cell carcinoma on the eyelids, making sunglasses an absolute essential whenever you venture outside.
Squinting in bright sunlight can also cause wrinkles around the eye area, which increases the chance of ultra-ageing crows feet appearing – eek! To keep your eyes healthy, and the skin around them looking younger for longer, look for large sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays, and steer clear of cheap, fashion frames that don’t have any UV protective qualities.
Slap on the sunscreen
Never underestimate the importance of wearing sunscreen on a daily basis. An SPF moisturiser on areas like your face and neck is a given, but have you considered slapping on a high SPF on the back of your hands and tops of your feet too? Sun-savvy Aussie Kylie is a big believer in the Australian government’s famous ‘Slip,Slap,Slop’ health campaign – which encourages people to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat whenever they go out in the sun to protect themselves against the increased risk of skin cancer. “I’m crazy about my skin and always wear protection” revealed clued-up Kylie. “Sun-block - I’m semi-fanatical about it! Even if I’ve just got an hour’s drive from A to B, or I’m getting on a day flight and I’m sat by the window. If it’s less than factor 20, it doesn’t go on my face.” But she doesn’t stop with the sun protection there. “You can get good sunscreen in moisturisers now, and in mineral make-up” she spilled. “I often put a dusting of that over the top to bump up the protection factor.”
Penelope Cruz insists on no less than nine hours a night, while Eva Mendes claims she could win a gold medal for sleeping if there was an Olympics for it! While the ideal is to get seven to nine hours of sleep, it’s understandable that the combination of super hot weather and early Ramadan wake up calls impacts greatly upon your resting patterns in the summer months. But aside from making you feel dreadful, a lack of sleep can also make you fat! Sleep deprivation causes your body to release cortisol, which not only slows down metabolism but assists your body in storing fat, whilst good, restful sleep lets your body release growth hormones and melatonin, which helps in burning fat. Aim for at the very minimum five to six hours every night, and make sure your bedroom is a cool and comfortable 23-24 degrees to help you drop off easily.
It may be impossible to exercise outside during the day when temperatures are pushing 50 degrees, but once the sun sets, there’s nothing better than some outdoor evening activity to get your heart pumping. Running, cycling, roller blading or swimming is the best way to shake off the maddening ‘cabin fever’ that so many of us suffer with when we’re stuck indoors all summer, and ditching gym workouts in favour of some fresh-air fitness is as good for your mind as it is your body. Join a sports team, or find a training buddy to keep your motivation up, and by the time beach season is back, you’ll be buffer than ever before!
Wear a hat
Fair-skinned Kelly Osbourne knows all too well how damaging the sun’s rays are, and rarely ventures out in the sunshine unless she’s protecting her scalp – one of the most vulnerable but frequently neglected areas for sun damage – with a funky hat. Minimise the chance of sun damage to the super-sensitive scalp area by applying sunscreen around your hairline when you moisturise every morning, and invest in a fabulous headpiece to wear every time you’re outside. Aside from being the ultimate solution to disguising summer-induced bad hair days, not only will you benefit from protecting skin on your head and face, you’ll gain major style points from fashionistas across the city!
Vitamins for vacations!
Summer holidays are the highpoint of many people’s year, but the stress of organising one can take it’s toll on your body! It’s never a bad thing to increase your vitamin intake, especially if you want younger looking and glowing skin, but essential vitamins, like B6 and B12 are not only good at raising energy levels, they also speed up metabolism and lower the risk of chronic diseases, as well as the chance of picking up an annoying cold the moment you arrive at your chosen destination. A multivitamin is the simplest way to ensure you get your daily quota of nutrients, regardless of whether or not your diet is providing all the goodness you need.