July Blog: 7 Ways to Stay Safe in the Sun…

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We know how good the sun makes us feel, brighter,happier and generally healthier. However we need to make sure we look after ourselves whilst we are in it. Here are my 7 ways you can stay safe in the sun.

Use the right Sunscreen

For the ultimate coverage, look for SPF25 and upwards. This will protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are those that penetrate the deeper layer of the skin which leads to premature ageing and suppression of the immune system. UVB Rays cause the superficial layers of the skin to become red and sunburnt.

Cover Up

I’m not suggesting for a second that you want to cover yourself from head to toe, however loose clothing and a hat will work wonders for giving you a break from the midday sun. There are some beautiful sarongs and hats at Next and other high street stores.

Take time out

Taking time out of the sun will be something your skin will thank you for. The hottest hours of the sun can vary from country to country so always pay attention to your shadow. If your shadow is shorter than you are, then it’s time to take a rest from the sun.

Be comfortable in your own skin

If your skin feels like it’s starting to burn, then head for some shade and re-apply your sunscreen. It’s recommended that sunscreen should be applied at least half an hour before exposing your skin to sun and if you are covering your whole body, the equivalent of  two tablespoonfuls should be applied.

Love your skin

Always apply enough sunscreen and be over generous, re-applying at regular points throughout the day.

Keep your little ones safe

Babies and young children have very fragile and delicate skin which can burn really easily. Studies have shown that sunburn in younger years can increase the risk of skin cancer in later years, so  by teaching them to apply sunscreen and wearing a hat when they are young, can reduce risks when they are older.

Be Safe and go faux

We all know that tanned skin makes us look great and feel amazing, but you can avoid all the damage that can be caused by the sun and treat you and your skin to a spray tan. You’ll avoid all the peeling, looking like a lobster and the pain that can be caused by over exposure to the sun. A spray tan gives you the gorgeous glow we all love but without those added extras of premature ageing and skin cancer.

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So wherever you are heading off this year on your holidays, be safe in the sun.

Love

Nina x

June Blog: 6 Tips to beautiful hair this summer

6 Tips

Summer has finally arrived, Holidays are booked and relaxation is on the way! We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun whilst on holiday, but what about our hair? Here are my six tips you can use to keep your hair beautiful this summer.

Protection is key… Protect your hair with a Wella Sun Protection Spray before going out in the sun. This will help protect against UV rays and will keep hair hydrated. You would put sunscreen on your skin, so do the same for your hair to.

Get it covered… Wearing a hat in the sun or at least wearing hair up (especially if you have coloured hair) will help protect your hair and scalp against burning. There are some beautiful sun hats available from Next and other high street stores that not only do the job, but look gorgeous too.

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Rinse with fresh water… After a dip in the pool or sea, always rinse your hair with clean, fresh water. This will help remove chlorine and salt that can cause hair to dry out. Afterwards re-apply your sun protection spray to help comb through.

Cleanse away the day… Wash your hair with Wella Sun Hair & Body Shampoo, this will help restore lost moisture as well as remove residue from sunscreen, salt and chlorine. It’s also a great space saver product as there’s no need to take a separate shower gel.

Hydrate and nourish… Wella Sun Express Conditioner is great product as it instantly helps to nourish and repair hair after a sun drenched day.

Show some Love… Gently towel dry hair without rubbing to vigorously, this will avoid damaging the cuticle which is the part of our hair that reflects light and makes us shine.

By following these tips, you are doing all you can to keep your hair & scalp healthy this summer. If you would like any information on the products I have mentioned above or any other advice, please feel free to contact me via the Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty Facebook page.

Love Nina x

May Blog: How much is your tan costing you?

How much is your tan costing you

We all know the risks of sunbeds and baking ourselves on the beach to get the “ultimate tan” so what is it about a tan that makes some of us risk the health of our skin to get one?

I recently carried out some research on a group of women asking them how a tan makes them feel? The results weren’t a surprise, with at least 95% of them saying they felt healthier, sexier, happier and slimmer to name just a few.

With the “feel good factor” reaching so highly, does it really matter what price this comes at?

I recently interviewed Kate De’Ath, a fellow Spray Tan Therapist. Kate knows all too well the damage that sun exposure can cause.

Nina: Thank you for sharing your story with me Kate, can you explain what happened?

Kate:  I was eighteen at the time and I had gone on my first girlie holiday to Ibiza. On my return I noticed the small mole on my leg, probably measuring about 3mm had changed to a pinkie colour, so I went to the Doctors to get it checked out.

Nina: What happened after that?

Kate: I was at work one day and got a call from the hospital, asking me to go immediately. I called my parents and they came to collect me, I felt so scared and I remember my Mum was in pieces. We arrived at the hospital and I was informed I had Skin Cancer. I couldn’t believe it! The hospital acted really quickly though and within the week they had removed the skin on my leg that was affected.

Nina: I can’t begin to imagine how scared you must of been at that time, bearing in mind, you were only eighteen?

Kate: I was lucky really; I spotted the change in my mole and acted on it. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. However not all melanomas are like the awful pictures we see in the media. Mine, to anyone else probably wouldn’t have been detected; it was only because I knew my body and knew my mole looked different. Sadly I think our moles and freckles get forgotten about and overlooked.

Nina: So how are you now?

Kate: I’m fully recovered and luckily just escaped the need for chemotherapy. I went back for regular checks over a three year period until I was given the all clear.

Nina: So after your experience, what would be your advice to others?

Kate: I would say it’s about knowing your body, if something doesn’t look right, go and get it checked, don’t put it off. Skin Cancer can kill and since I qualified as a Spray Tan Therapist in 2013, I have raised awareness with my clients about Skin Cancer and advised them to go to the doctors about their moles to.

Nina: So do you sun bathe now Kate?

Kate: No and If I did I would be using SPF 50. I do wear SPF on my face every day but other than that it’s fake tan for me and my husband from now on!

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Kate’s story really inspired me, not just to write this blog but to help raise awareness. I did a campaign with Sienna X last year called “Save our Skin” which highlighted the risks that many of us often ignore. A Spray Tan can bring you all the feelings you get from a gorgeous tan; bringing you beautiful looking skin enabling you to feel healthier, slimmer, more toned and give you more confidence. The thing that a Spray Tan can’t give you is premature ageing, damage to your skin or Skin Cancer.

If you are concerned about any moles, or you notice in difference in their size or colour, then please go and see your GP and get them checked. In many cases these are non-malignant and benign, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Love

Nina x