Going to the beach during summer holidays puts specific demands upon your skin. We know that the most common cause of premature skin ageing is sun exposure, UV light is dangerous no matter where we are but we get more of it when we are at the beach. Primarily we are wearing less clothing and are out of shaded areas for longer but also the sea and sand reflects UV rays.
Ocean water is also a unique exposure for our skin, whilst it provides some benefits due to its mineral rich content there are also some disadvantages, our beaches are now more polluted than ever and so the water has become more toxic.
Preparation is key, here are our top tips to keeping your skin safe during and after sun exposure.
A good way to prepare involves different layers of hydration. Heat, sun and sea water will suck the moisture from your skin so use serums and creams that draw in and seal moisture. For example Hyaluronic acid, which can trap 1000 times its weight in water and help stimulate collagen and elastin production. Anti-oxidants such as vitamins C and E are also super important to fight free radicals and when they are combined together will actually help to improve protection.
Apply your sun protection before you head to the beach, before dressing cover all areas so that when your swimwear moves about, you will be protected everywhere. Don't forget your lips, ears, feet, hands and re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming, even if your sunscreen is water resistant, the beach is where you are most vulnerable.
Drink plenty of water, your skin will start to look crepey if you get dehydrated, even better pack some electrolytes. Coconut water is the most natural of electrolytes as is watermelon however you can easily find tablets to pop in your water. Avoid swimming in the sea with open wounds, cover with a dressing and always cleanse or rinse off afterwards to avoid infection.
🏝Post Beach - We know that the sun and UV will dry out our skin, the goal is to replenish the moisture that we have lost, but first, cleanse your skin really well, especially if your suncream has zinc oxide which tends to stick to it. You want to remove all of the salts, dirt and oils that have risen to the surface with perspiration that if left on the skin can cause irritations.
Again you want to layer your hydration. Creams and serums with antioxidants like aloe vera, vitamins C and E will help reverse UV induced damage. Aloe vera is the ultimate post beach tonic especially if it has left your skin irritated or reddened. In addition, vitamins C and E will help minimise pigmentation and protect against photo-ageing. Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba will all nourish and put back the nutrients that have been lost.
Gentle Cleanser and eye make-up remover - Super Clean Lotion - The Specialist Serum - Calming & Desensitising Gel- Hyaluronic Active - Enhance & Protect (with sweat-proof, non comedogenic Broad Spectrum SPF30) -Oxygenating & Protecting Body Moisturiser SPF20+