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The Essential After-Beach Hair and Skin Care Routine

By on June 29, 2017 in Health, Prevention with 0 Comments
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Following this after-beach hair and skin care routine will help you make the most of your summer.

The combination of summer heat, humidity, and UV rays can do a number on your hair and skin. Follow this after-beach routine to keep your hair and skin strong and supple all summer long.

1. Take a Cool Shower or Bath

Do this even if you don’t have a sunburn. The water doesn’t need to be ice-cold, but it should be a few notches down from your typical shower temperature. Your body works hard to keep cool after extended periods in the sun, and hot water won’t do it any favours.

2. Wash Up

Give yourself a full-body scrub as soon as you get home from the beach. All that sweat, sand and sunscreen can really clog your pores. To avoid oily skin and unpleasant breakouts, scrub yourself with a gentle washcloth or body brush ASAP.

3. Use Gentle Soaps and Moisturizers

It’s good to use a moisturizing product after you’ve been at the beach, as your skin is likely dehydrated from being in the salt and sun all day. A light oil moisturizers will help to restore that summer glow to your skin.

However, you should avoid products that could irritate your sun-kissed skin, including:

  • Retinol
  • Retinol A
  • Petroleum
  • Benzocaine
  • Lidocaine

It’s important to never use citrus essential oils on your skin after spending time in the sun, as they can scar and leave permanent damage.

4. Use a Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

You know how your hair is always tangled after a beach day? Your hair loses moisture from being out in the sun. According to Gina Capano of Luxe Bar, overexposure to salt water also contributes to dehydrated hair.

Use a mild, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, scrubbing well to remove any sand or sunscreen that got caught in your hair. If your hair is feeling especially brittle and damaged, try using a conditioning hair mask.

5. Treat Sunburns Immediately

By now, you know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes, all the sunscreen in the world isn’t enough to keep you from getting burned. If you’re seeing red after your beach trip, apply an aloe vera treatment immediately after your cool shower. Reapply whenever you’re feeling dry and sore.

According to Web MD, you should see a doctor following a sunburn if:

  • You have signs of needing more fluids (sunken eyes, dry mouth, dark urine)
  • You have signs of infection (swelling, warmth, red streaks, pus)
  • You have a fever

Get Out and Enjoy the Sun!

There are many positive health effects of hitting the beach. You can get a great big dose of Vitamin D while you’re soaking up the physical and mental benefits of full-body exercises, like swimming, surfing, and beach volleyball. But it only takes one bad experience to put a damper on your fun, so be sure to follow these tips as you make the most of your summer.


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