For those who love the beach, staying inside just isn’t an option when it comes to protecting skin from the elements. Thankfully, with these simple steps and skincare products, you can minimize damage and maintain healthy, radiant skin as you hit the shore this summer and beyond.
Before the beach: Prep, polish and perfect reveal-ready skin
Slip on your swimwear with confidence this summer by flaunting skin that’s polished, tightened and sun-kissed from head to toe. From all-over exfoliators to beach-ready bronzers, here are the go-to summer essentials:
Exfoliation is the simple step of sloughing away dead skin, oil, dirt and other debris from the surface of skin. The result? Fresh, radiant skin that’s smooth, toned and supple. Incorporate weekly exfoliation into your beauty regimen for beach-worthy skin.
Although most beach lovers love to boast a sun-kissed complexion, no shade of bronze is worth the risk of long-term skin damage. Thankfully, with the latest advances in self-tanning technology, gone are the days of blotchy, orange applications. You can achieve a believable, beach-ready faux glow with affordable at-home products.
Body: Easy-to-use towelettes are the latest technique in DIY self-tanning. Kate Somerville Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes targets the proteins within your own skin to build an even, authentic tint that perfectly suits your complexion.
Face: Formulated just for the face, Kate Somerville 360 Face Self Tanning Pads create a safe, healthy glow that doesn’t compromise your complexion. Featuring powerful Peptide K8 and Syn-Coll technology, this multi-tasking tinter goes beyond color to improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
Over 90 percent of women experience some degree of cellulite — making swimsuit season more stressful than it should be. Although there’s no cure for cellulite, certain skincare techniques and products — along with regular exercise and a healthy diet — can help minimize the appearance of unsightly dimples and dents.
A day at the beach inevitably includes some combination of sun, sand, salt and sweat — key ingredients for a full-on makeup meltdown. But with lightweight, weatherproof cosmetics, you can maintain a flawless face all day long.
Weightless coverage: Swap the heavy foundations for a weightless, multi-tasking beauty balm like Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm - Beach Glow. In addition to balancing your complexion, a beauty balm hydrates, nourishes and layers the skin with SPF protection.
Waterproof lashes: For a laidback, beach-ready look, you can skip the heavy eye makeup. Instead, apply just a touch of mascara that will highlight your eyes. For volumizing color that withstands sweat, salt and sun while layering lashes with conditioning extracts, reach for Stila Stay All Day Lash Mascara.
Long-lasting bronzer: Create a sun-kissed highlight that lasts all day long with Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour Long-Wear Bronzer. This beachy bronzer is specially formulated for summertime wear with “Double Bond” technology that stays in place as you have fun in the sun.
At the beach: Sweat, salt and sand-proof protectors
The intense sun and ocean water make effective skincare at the beach a special challenge. Prolonged exposure to sun and water are threats for your skin's health. Pack your beach bag with sun protection, including SPF formulas that can withstand the sun, sweat, salt and sand. Even though you should stick with sunscreens that are formulated for the water, keep in mind that recent regulatory changes by the FDA have required companies to replace the terms “waterproof” and “sweatproof” with “water-resistant” for 40 or 80 minutes, depending on strength.
According to Yahoo News, you can optimize sun protection by applying a “shot-glass worth” of broad spectrum UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen with SPF between 30 and 50. The application should take place at least 15 minutes prior to heading outside.
Body: Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 70 Spray blankets the skin with beach-strength broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection that withstands the elements. Water-resistant for 80 minutes, this is a go-to formula for the entire family.
Face: Boasting borage seed oil, evening primrose extract and shea butter, Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented is a multi-tasking sunscreen that goes beyond SPF protection to bring hydrating, anti-aging benefits to the skin. Water resistant for 40 minutes, this is the ideal SPF for sizzling summer days.
- Lips: Don’t forget to layer your lips with effective SPF protection. Coola Sport Liplux SPF 30 - Original Formula features certified organic ingredients including avocado and aloe vera to soothe, moisturize and defend your lips all day long.
After the beach: Post-sun skin soothing and repair
Following your day at the beach, give your skin some TLC to undo any damage caused by the elements.
Soothe: Even with the most dedicated use of SPF, it’s possible to experience sunburn every so often. Decleor Soothing After Sun Milk blends milk, mango and argan oil to instantly soothe and hydrate sunburned skin.
- Repair: To counteract and diminish long-term damage caused by UV exposure, ARCONA Gentle Solution is essential for every beach lover. This mild nighttime treatment strengthens natural immunity while fighting free radical damage to protect, strengthen and repair the skin.
Neck, chest and hands: When it comes to the long-term effects of sun exposure, accelerated aging on the neck, chest and hands is a top concern. To prevent and protect, apply NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Decolletage and Hands. This powerful formula infuses the skin with nourishing extracts and strengthening nutrients to reverse the signs of photo-damage including hyperpigmentation, lines and wrinkles.
Feeling less than confident about revealing your skin this summer season? With a few tweaks to your skincare routine, you can look and feel your best as you hit the beach. Infuse your skincare regimen with exfoliating treatments, easy-to-apply self-tanners, lightweight makeup and — most importantly — powerful SPF protectors to create and maintain a healthy, flawless look from head to toe.
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