I’m not really a hat person, but ever since I moved to Nevada, I’ve realized how important it is to keep my head covered. Your head is always exposed to the sun, so if your planning to spend a decent amount of time outside, be sure to bring a sun hat. I ended up finding a cute straw fedora, similar to the one above, in the dollar section at Target for $3. It’s cute and perfect for the pool.
The sun can damage your skin so easily and cause wrinkles, sunspots or skin cancer. Since your face is always exposed to the sun, you have to always be sure that you always have at least an SPF 15 on your face. I use the Target up & up brand of daily moisturizer sunscreen lotion. It’s compared to Cetaphil. (I’m never afraid of the knock off store brand, especially when it’s cheaper than the name brand.)
Just like your head and face, your lips need to be protected in the summer sun too. My favorite brand of chapstick is Burts Bees. I’ve been using this brand for years and I can’t find a better chapstick in that price range. Something I’ve learned from living in a sunny place is that you don’t want to wear lip gloss in the sun. According to an article on doctoroz.com, wearing lip gloss is the equivalent of sunbathing after putting on baby oil. Using baby oil only concentrates the rays of the sun, making it much more likely to get burned skin. It’s best to stick with a chapstick with SPF in it.
I feel like this one is kind of obvious, but I cannot survive without my sunglasses. I literally start to sneeze the second I walk into the brightness of the sun if I don’t have my sunglasses. I refuse to buy expensive sunglasses. I have a $5 max on these for three major reasons…. I break them, lose them and scratch them up in my purse. I have found great sunglasses at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, Five Below and most recently I was loving The Dollar Tree’s selection.
5.) Flip Flops
My mom used to call these thongs when I was a kid, that was until the “Thong Song” came out, now we just refer to them as flip flops. I’m sure most of you have more than one pair of these. Every summer I wait for the Old Navy flip flop sale and stock up, because what would summer be without flip flops at the pool or beach?
You have to use sunscreen in the summer, but sunscreen is expensive. You go through it so fast, that it seems silly to spend a lot of money on it. I always buy the store brand of sunscreen in at least a SPF of 30. I still get a nice tan with 30. It has to be an oil free sunscreen though. I have pretty oily skin, so I can’t handle the greasy feel on my skin.