How to make savings on your summer essentials

With the promise of a long hot summer to come, now is the perfect time to get your warm-weather essentials sorted. If you plan ahead, you’ll be able to find the best (and lowest!) prices on the things you need to survive the summer…

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Summer eyecare

Just as it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s rays, it’s equally important to take care of your eyes. Any time that the sun is shining, you’ll need to pop on a pair of sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection to keep your vision safe. If like me, you need glasses to correct your vision, you’ve got two options for sun protection.

Firstly, you could stock up on contact lenses and wear any of your existing UVA and UVB protective sunglasses over the top to shield your eyes from the sun’s rays. If you already wear lenses, there’s no need to spend a small fortune on a contact lenses contract with your optician – you can simply buy the quantity of lenses you need (and at super-low prices) online.

As long as you’ve already had a contact lens check with your optician and have a prescription for contact lenses, you can get the exact same lenses online at a lower price from a retailer like Feel Good Contacts. Save even more money by getting a prescription for daily lenses, as you won’t need to buy additional cleaning solutions alongside your lenses.

The second option is to get yourself a gorgeous pair of prescription sunglasses. But there’s no need to splash out hundreds of pounds on a designer pair. I should know, because I’ve just bought some prescription sunnies online for around £25 and I love the classy tortoiseshell frames and cool gradient tint.

You find a massive variety of stylish prescription sunglasses online, from cat-eye designs to aviators, wayfarers and even heart shapes! The lenses not only correct your vision and shade your eyes, but they also provide 100% UVA and UVB protection and are polarised, so they minimise reflected UV rays and reduce glare when you’re driving.

Summer skincare

I’ve previously written about my search for natural skincare and cosmetics products, so it probably comes as no surprise that, when shopping for my summer skincare essentials, I’ve turned to my regular natural brands for sunscreen and a protective SPF15 lipbalm.

I’ve stocked up on some SPF 50+ from Child’s Farm, which is where I usually get my haircare products. Their sun care products are water-resistant and protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. And they’re not just for children – with my extra-pale skin, I really need factor 50 to protect myself from burning, so they’re ideal for me.

Plus, the brand is all the good things I look out for: cruelty-free, vegan, sustainable and made in the UK from natural ingredients that are suitable for all types of sensitive skin. After a couple of years of using the sunscreen lotion, I’ve moved over to the rollerball SPF as it’s so easy to apply on-the-move.

Summer haircare

The best way to protect your hair from the sun is to wear a hat. It’s as easy as that! Not only does a hat cover your hair and stop it from becoming dry and parched by the sun, but it also shades your face (and neck, if you get a wide-brimmed one). This adds an extra layer of protection for your skin and eyes, as it’ll help you squint less in the bright light and keeps your forehead shaded. Plus, you won’t end up with a stinging parting or burnt crown on the top of your head after a sunny day.

Summer bodycare

Of course, one of the ways you can protect your whole body from the sun’s harmful rays is by staying covered up. You can layer on lightweight linen trousers and long-sleeved cotton shirts to cover as much as your skin as possible. If the skin can’t reach your skin, it’s much less likely to burn.

But, did you know it’s possible to get clothing with UV protection? Last year I got a couple of dresses from Mountain Warehouse that had UPF50 and UPF30 ratings. The fabric is moisture-wicking so it also helps to keep you cool on hot days and dries quickly.

I’m going to stock up on a couple more dresses this year and will take a look at the other clothing in the range, from shorts and polo shirts to kids’ swimwear, running gear and hiking trousers. To make some savings on your summer wardrobe, it’s possible to get a good price on these products via Amazon with free delivery, or you can keep an eye out for the regular discount codes that Mountain Warehouse sends out via their newsletter.

I hope these suggestions will help to keep you protected from the sun when the weather warms up this year. What other summer essentials do you like to stock up on before the hot weather hits? Let me know in the comments below and I’d love to hear about any new skincare brands with natural SPFs.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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