TIPS FOR A POST-BEACH
Sun, sand, salt and surf are fun and fabulous until you get home feeling like a piece of desiccated fruit.
Spending time at the beach It’s important to know how to tend your skin and hair in the aftermath of a sunny beach day, to ensure it stays strong, supple, and healthy. Here are some tips for a post-beach beauty routine.
Wash your face well after a day at the beach. It’s important to get sunscreen off your face quickly so it doesn’t clog your pores, along with residual sweat, saltwater, and sand that’s probably stuck there, too. If you’re not sunburned, then do a gentle exfoliation (use a handful of brown sugar mixed with sweet almond oil or our facial exfoliant) to loosen built-up layers. Then moisturise with light oil, nothing too heavy (our facial oils have a perfect light formulation). Skin gets dehydrated in the wind and sun, so it’s important to add moisture back in. You can add moisture with a facial mask. Look for rose and aloe, both hydrating ingredients, or make your own.
Stay away from citrus essential oils, however, since they cause something called a phototoxicity reaction, which can scar and leave permanent damage to your skin.
Keep a bottle of toner in the fridge and apply on your face as soon as you get home. That’s help a lot cause when you’re hot, the blood vessels in your skin dilate to help cool you down, making your face look red and irritated. By cooling your face with a chilled toner, you can keep your face looking calm and even.
Take a cool shower or bath after returning from the beach. Scrub well with a sisal washcloth or body brush to get rid of caked layers of sunscreen, sweat, and sand. Use a mild soap, then follow with an all-over moisturiser. I like to use a heavier-feeling product on my body, which seems to soak up the moisture post-beach. Try the rich coconut oil, calendula oil, hibiscus powder and oat HAWAII soap bar.
If you’re sunburnt, deal with it right away. Have a soothing milk bath by adding a few cups of coconut milk to the tub or soaking a washcloth in it. Coconut milk contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that has antimicrobial properties and supports skin health. It has moisturising and anti-inflammatory effects. It may even help with wound healing and increasing the turnover of collagen.
Apply some nourishing body oil directly on damp skin for a better penetration. We recommend the extra rich Stardust body oil.
Hair doesn’t show the effects of too much sun as quickly as skin, but it suffers, too. Enjoy the salty, post-beach hair look as long as you want, but eventually you’ll have to wash it out. Use a mild, moisturising shampoo, or – if you have thick wavy or curly hair – try washing only with conditioner, which doesn’t strip the hair shaft of its natural oils and adds in additional moisture. If there’s no product in your hair, consider washing only with rosemary water, adding a good scrub with fingertips to loosen debris.
Try a deep conditioning hair oil mask if hair feels brittle, apply the Moonlight hair oil repair on your hair and leave it over night - and stay away from hot styling tools for a few days.
In summertime, your entire body will also benefit from drinking more water and eating fruits like fresh berries and watermelon that contain antioxidants and high water levels.
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