But y’all, I’m Southern; and, we do slowdown in the summertime. In fact, it’s therapy-approved for me considering my therapist thought I needed to literally stop and smell the roses… one of the many reasons I became a gardener. I am still very active in the summer and I like to think that I do embrace the summer heat. Without the heat and the sun, I wouldn't have such beautiful flowers including the lovely hibiscus I've included in this post. And to have such flowers, I have to prune, prune, prune which means I'm outside pretty often.
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen… I don’t care what they say that a certain SPF is enough. I look for the highest amounts partly because I am on a medication where I can’t be in the direct sun for prolonged periods of time (as in 10 minutes is pushing it).
- Parasol and hats… my parasol is a TOPTIE Anti-UV Sun Umbrella, Triple Folding UV Protected Parasol because I mean business when it comes to sun protection.
- Appropriate makeup- Urban Decay’s Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner; Physicians Formula’s Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Makeup including the *Oh So Radiant! Powder SPF 30* which goes on top of my moisturizer that has SPF 20; I also just transitioned to Benefit’s creaseless cream eyeshadow. I use the color Always a Bridesmaid which is pearly lavender. I also use their they're real! mascara beyond mascara which is waterproof.
- Take morning walks or find the shaded spots in the cemetery. While I’m planning my tour, I have joked that mine will be the shade tour (i.e. I’ll only give facts and tidbits about those graves in the shade).
- Wear cotton!
- I actually let my hair grow in the summer and wear pigtails and buns.
- Limit my necklaces to a few lighter pieces.
- Iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade with ice! But nothing beats a cool shower washing off all the bug spray and sunscreen.