Time at the Beach? Up Your Skincare Game

Time at the Beach? Up Your Skincare Game
Summer means warm days and vacations, so many people across the country are flocking to beaches to catch some waves and enjoy the summer sun. Going to the beach can be a fun, relaxing time, but your skin may not always agree with you. When preparing for your upcoming beach trip, it's important to remember to take care of your skin and bring some beach-appropriate skincare products with you. Here are some of our recommendations for caring for your skin during your beach vacation.

Use Sun Protection

This may be obvious, but that doesn't mean it isn't important to point out. Sunscreen and other sun protection methods are essential in protecting your skin from the sun's powerful and harmful UV rays, and forgetting to apply sunscreen or not re-applying it while soaking up the sun, can leave you with problems. Make sure your broad-spectrum sunscreen has an SPF of at least 30, and make sure you apply it to every exposed area of your skin. If you're sweating in the heat or taking a few dips in the ocean, make sure you re-apply your sunscreen at least every two hours, as the formula can wear down when exposed to water and sweat. If you will be at the beach during the hottest hours of the day, which typically fall between 10am and 4pm, seek shade or head indoors to prevent sun damage. If you will be at the beach for an extended period of time, it may be wise to purchase or rent a beach umbrella to provide shade for you and your friends or family. Other sun protection essentials, such as wide-brimmed hats, a rash guard, beach blankets, and sunglasses should always be in your beach bag, as well. Protecting your skin against the sun can prevent sunburn and more serious skin conditions, skin cancer, and more.

Treat Sunburn ASAP

 Sometimes, the sun can hit your skin when you least expect it, or you may forget to re-apply sunscreen after going in and out of the ocean, which may cause a nasty sunburn to appear on your body. When you notice your skin beginning to get red, seek shade, cover up your skin with protective clothing, or head indoors immediately to prevent the burn from getting worse. Cool the skin down when you get back to your hotel or beach house by jumping in a cool shower or using a cold compress on your skin. If you do opt for the shower, be sure to avoid using soaps that will irritate the burned area. After you've cooled down, apply a light, soothing moisturizer or aloe vera to the burned area to soothe the damaged skin. Make sure you moisturize often to keep the area hydrated and to avoid excessive peeling when the skin begins to heal. You may also want to wear loose, comfortable clothing that will cover the burn area when out in the sun to prevent the burn from getting worse. Just keep an eye on it and see your dermatologist if you run into any concerns or if the burn becomes more severe as the days progress.

Cleanse Your Skin

Between the salty ocean water, ocean air, sand, and sweat from the heat, your skin is bound to get dirty while at the beach. Make sure you keep your skin clean and refreshed by cleansing often. Shower off immediately after heading back from the beach to remove any bacteria and dirt from your skin, and don't forget about your face. When you are relaxing at the beach, your body sweats, and when sweat lingers on your skin, it can cause breakouts, so be sure to shower off often. Cleansing your face should be done every day, whether you're at the beach or not, but be sure to keep up with this during your vacation. If you have sunburned areas on your body or your face, avoid using harsh cleansers. If you need to clean the area do so gently and use a light, unscented product.

Stay Hydrated

 This goes for your skin and your body. Spending extended periods of time at the beach means sitting in the sun and the heat for hours, so you will want to hydrate as much as possible. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin and body cool, which can also prevent dehydration. It is recommended that you drink at least 16 to 20 ounces of water every two hours prior to heading to the beach. While at the beach, you will want to drink 6 to 12 ounces every 15 minutes or so. You will also want to be sure to drink plenty of water after heading inside, too. When it comes to your skin, apply a lightweight body lotion after showering to lock in moisture, and always remember to moisturize your face. If you have a lightweight moisturizer or BB cream that contains SPF, even better! And don't forget about your lips! Your lips can dry out and are vulnerable to burns, so apply a moisturizing lip balm containing SPF frequently. Just remember to take care of your body to ensure you have a fun and safe beach trip. The beach can be a lot of fun, but it's even more fun when your skin is well taken care of and healthy. If you're looking to up your skin care game at the beach and throughout your life in general, be sure to give Calysta Labs products a try. From moisturizers to charcoal masks, we have what you need to get you on your way to happy and healthy skin.