As you know, I like to highlight the enjoyable side of looking after yourself. If you don’t enjoy it, you either stop doing it altogether or zip through it grudgingly and the results are never as good.
Going to the beach and treating yourself to a moment of relaxation in natural surroundings is a beauty ritual in itself, and the benefits for your skin and hair afforded by relaxation, fresh air, sunshine and seawater are undeniable. But balance is the key to positive results. If we get it right, the beach can be an improvised spa for relaxing and looking after yourself all at the same time.
SKIN AND HAIR BASICS
Basic 1 – Face, body and hair
Number one has to be sun protection, right?
No, actually, the most important thing is going to the beach when the sun isn’t so fierce, so in the early hours of the morning and at the end of the day. I’m not going to specify times because there are other factors to consider, like the time of year, the part of the world and the weather at the time. I don’t think you need to stick to specific times either, just pay attention to the times of day when you can tell the sun is at its most intense. And when you think you’ve been in the sun too long, move into the shade. Too much sun can be very damaging for your skin and you will only harm yourself.
Basic 2 – Face, body and hair
So now you’ve decided on your time for going to the beach, let’s talk about sun protection, another basic.
Though a dose of sunshine gives us energy, positivity and vitamin D, your skin and hair need protecting from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so you should apply protection to both before setting off for the beach. That’s right, a first application is best applied at home, then repeat the ritual when you get to the beach and as many times as you like after that. And naturally, it always makes sense to follow the instructions provided with the products you’re using.
When you’re choosing facial and body products, remember to include products designed specifically for your face. Though if you find yourself without your facial product, better to use your body cream on your face than go unprotected. Beauty doesn’t come without taking the proper precautions.
Basic 3 – Skin
Another basic is to ensure your face is really clean and exfoliated, mainly to avoid discolouration, but also to better absorb trace elements and mineral salts from the sea. Clean pores will also allow your sun cream to penetrate better.
Basic 4 – Hair
As for your hair, comb it through and wear it loose. That way it will respond better to the benefits offered by the sea water and the products you apply.
NOTE: After a swim, it’s a different story. Some people say it’s best to comb your hair through, but I’m a believer in leaving it just as it is when I get out of the water. Sea water has a truly beneficial effect on the hair, so much so that certain products specifically imitate this extraordinary effect, some quite successfully. So if you can achieve that effect naturally, you should make the most of it. And you can afford to do so and have great hair if you follow all the recommendations.
BEAUTY EXTRAS FOR GOLD STAR RESULTS
Here are some more ideas to enjoy looking after yourself with:
- Keep your skin and hair well-moisturised every day so that when it’s time for the beach, your hair is already at its default hydration setting. Make moisturising your skin and hair part of your daily routine. That way you’re preparing yourself for the beach progressively and more effectively.
- Exfoliate your body as well as your face, for better absorption of your sun cream and to make the most of the benefits afforded by the sea water.
- Use a moisturising oil on your hair when you get out of the water and keep applying it for as long as you’re at the beach.
- Apply either a serum, an intensive moisturiser or a specific treatment to your face when it’s time to leave. Having used sun protection during your time at the beach, when it’s time to go you can step up the moisturising with more specific products or even incorporate other treatments you’re currently using into your beach routine, in the knowledge that any treatments will be better absorbed after a swim in the sea. The salt in the water also has exfoliating qualities and will enhance the positive effects.