If you’re a fan of sun, sea and sunbathing then you’ll undoubtedly be heading to the beach this summer, I know I will be practically living there! However, it’s important to keep in mind, the prolonged sun exposure, salty seawater and scorching sandy shores that all accompany a day at the beach can adversely impact your skin. Therefore, to ensure that your skin feels as revitalised and refreshed as you do, here are my top tips on how to prepare your skin for a day at the beach;
Exfoliate every day
Exfoliating on a regular basis is a great way to prepare your skin for any outdoor occasion. By gently exfoliating with a body scrub reduces acne breakouts, smoothens your skin’s overall texture and enables your skin cells to better absorb skincare products such as moisturisers and sunscreen. Whether you have sensitive, dry or oily skin, I advise you use a body scrub that has been made from naturally occurring ingredients such as oatmeal, sea salt, brown sugar, olive oil or coconut oil. Exfoliating with these natural body scrubs on a daily basis will efficiently remove dead skin cells from the surface layers of your skin in order to help you achieve deeper, even tan after a day at the beach.
Use soothing post-shaving balms
Regardless of whether you intend to wear a bikini, swimsuit or shorts, silky smooth legs will compliment all manner of swimwear. Unfortunately, any kind of shaving treatment can leave your hair follicles susceptible to redness and irritation; not a good look when stepping out onto the beach this summer! To remedy this problem, I recommend using a post-shaving balm that has been enriched with soothing ingredients such as green tea, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. Liberally apply these soothing skincare treatments and you will be able to reduce redness, combat irritation and offset any damage done to your skin by shaving or waxing.
Efficiently hydrate your skin
In an attempt to mask skin ailments such as acne, rosacea and eczema, many women use harsh products which strip their skin of its natural oils. However, as skincare specialists warn, these types of treatments can actually cause the sebaceous glands to compensate by over-producing oil which can lead to further break-outs! A great way to break this vicious cycle is to use skincare products which actively nourish and moisturise your skin. Look for hydrating and conditioning oils which contain vitamin C and E, as well as products which provide at least SPF30 protection. By doing so you can prevent further acne breakouts, infuse your skin with a healthy glow and safeguard yourself against sunburn all summer long. Just remember to also pack an SPF30+ sunscreen to take with you to the beach. Apply every two hours to protect your newly nourished skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Use self-tanning treatments to mask an uneven complexion
Regardless of whether you suffer from acne breakouts, cellulite or psoriasis, a high quality self-tanning lotion can even out any complexion! Fortunately, there are a wide range of self-tanning moisturisers, towelettes, sprays, mousses and creams which will provide an even looking tan to all manner of fair, medium and dark skin. As a rule, you should always apply self-tanning treatments at night to give them plenty of time to develop. Wait at least 10 minutes for your tan to dry before getting dressed to avoid streaky marks and remember to apply a shimmering body lotion to enrich your tan and accentuate your even complexion.
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