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By Jolene Khor

If you are spending as much time as I am under this summer sun then this is for you! Vitamin D is good for our bodies, but UV rays on the other hand, is a whole other story. Inadequate protection from the rays is the #1 cause of pre-mature ageing. The team at MODA is all for prevention as it’s easier to fight those sunspots before they take over your complexion! And if you’re starting to see fine lines emerging around your eyes, do take note. The following 5 products are coming to your rescue.

Here are five protective beauty must-haves this summer and all summers to come!

  • Sunscreen – Face and body

Most women don’t wear sunscreen and that is the biggest crime one can commit on their skin. Why waste all that money on expensive creams later in life to undo what sun exposure did when you can prevent it now? We at MODA believe in the power of prevention before crying over a cure. Not one to worry about wrinkles and sunspots? How about this – doctors have preached for years that sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Make sunscreen a habit not just in the summer but 365 days a year and you can thank your mother (and us!) later.

  • Facial mist

While sunscreen may protect you from burnt skin, being under the heat for what feels like hours can be unpleasant. Introducing Evian’s travel sized facial mist. The product is said to “remove perspiration, ocean salt, and pool chlorine from the skin” but it is mostly used to revitalize the skin so you feel fresh and cool any time of the day. Think of it as a tall drink of ice-cold water in the middle of a desert. Or a pint of beer. Whatever does it for you!

  • Moisturizing lip balm

Oh the little bottle that could. Summer offers glowing skin so why not have your lips to match? This Benefit’s Benetint tinted lip balm not only moisturizes your lips and gives your pucker s a hint of perky redness, the SPF 15 will also prevent any darkening of pigment of the lips and wrinkles around the mouth. Budget-friendlier alternatives are also available. Just peruse the cosmetics sections in drugstores and look for L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Lip Balm and Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter.

  • Cooling lotion

A little reward for being so good to your skin! Stinging and burning sensations are common after prolonged periods in the sun. Any cooling lotion relieves those annoying post-sun no-funs. This Korres cooling gel also acts as a moisturizer that will bring your moisture level back to normal and soothe your skin for the rest of the day. Prone to peeling and itching after beach volleyball? Look further for your new best friend.

  • Hydrating mask

Lotions are only the first step back to healthy hydrated skin. To continue walking around with skin that glows inside out, apply a mask twice a week for the best results. According to its website, “this super-hydrating mask restores hydration, elasticity, and bounce to skin.” We like that the single use mask comes in two pieces for easy application. Try it after cleansing and toning, before slathering on all other skin care products before bedtime.

All products and pictures from sephora.com