Having fun in the sun is what summer’s all about but, as with all good things in life, it comes at a cost. The sun’s powerful rays can ravage your hair and skin is you don’t protect yourself properly, leaving you with straw-like strands and leathery-looking skin come Labor Day. Fortunately, it is possible to avoid the damage without sacrificing time spent outdoors.
To help you stay healthy, protected, and beautiful this summer and beyond, we consulted with Beth Marcis, owner of Her Body & Soul spa and developer of three other in-hotel spas in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Marcis is also launching her own His & Her Better Skin product line, offering all-natural and made in the USA products at affordable prices, ranging from $18 to $30 for a six- to eight-month supply of items like cleansers, serums and sunscreen.)
Read on for her tips to stay beautiful despite the sun and sand:
Keep hair moisturized. Swimming and sunbathing can quickly strip hair of its moisture and shine. Before heading out to the beach, apply a non-alcohol-based mask – or if you’re in a pinch, slather your hair in conditioner or shea butter. Use the beach-side showers to rinse and reapply after swimming. Also, wear a hat to protect your scalp from the sun.
Apply products in the right order. Serums are meant to penetrate clean skin, so be sure to apply these products prior to sunscreen (which basically sits on top of the skin). If you wear makeup to the beach or pool, choose a mineral-based makeup that is high in zinc and apply after sunscreen. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after every swimming session, and include easily missed areas like the hands, feet, ears and especially your lips.
Prolong the life of your mani/pedi. If your spa isn’t using natural products on your nails, they will yellow in the sun. Also, when getting your nails done, avoid making appointments early in the day and then heading out to the beach right afterward. Sand and oil can penetrate the products and lessen their longevity. Schedule touch-ups late afternoon so the products can “set” overnight, prior to sun exposure.
Treat sunburns with honey. Similar to the standby home remedy, aloe, applying honey to the skin can help restore moisture and alleviate the pain after too many hours in the sun. Marcis offers a full-body Honey Wrap at her spas, but you can achieve a similar result at home by mixing all-natural honey with a little bit of olive oil and applying with a brush or hands onto the sunburned area. Leave the mask on for at least 10-15 minutes.
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