5 Summer Must-Have Accessories

5 Summer Must-Have Accessories

In my younger years, when I’d whine and yelp every time my mom tightened my pigtail braids, she’d say, “Hold still, beauty is pain.” But it doesn’t always have to be that way. When you’re out and about this summer, make smart decisions that’ll keep you looking chic and stylish– while also maintaining your health and wellbeing. These 5 summer must-have accessories will help you achieve just that.

For more sun protection tips, read: Dress for Success Against Sun DamageLip Balm Preventing CancerThe 3 Reasons You Need to Wear Sunglasses, and Breaking the Sunscreen Stigma.

Contrary to popular belief, we’re exposed to UV rays whether the sun is out or not, and these rays can be damaging to our skin, eyes and lips. Thus, it’s even more important to protect ourselves from exposure to UV rays when the sun is shining on a bright, summer day.

SPF Foundation
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with over two million people diagnosed every year. Over 90% of non-melanoma and 65% of melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. For this reason, it’s essential to use a foundation with a SPF of 15 or higher.

UV-Protective Sunglasses
Sunglasses not only make a fashion statement, but provide protection for our eyes. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends buying sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of the sun’sUV radiation. If there is no label or it simply says “blocks most UV light” or “UV absorbing,” the sunglasses probably won’t offer much protection. It’s also best to find frames that wrap around or cover a greater surface area around the eyes so that stray rays can’t creep in.

SPF Lip Balm 
Lips are often overlooked as victims of sun damage. Like your skin, your lips need protection from the sun’s UV rays. Use lip balms that have a SPF of 15 or higher to prevent your lips from chapping, peeling and getting sunburnt. 

Brimmed Hats
Even our hair and scalp can become damaged from the sun. Provide some shade with a fashionable, floppy hat.

Summer Scarves
Wear a light summer scarf to protect your neck from sun damage. Keep cool in the hot weather and add a feminine edge to your outfite while you’re at it. 

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