Beach and Summer Skincare. The end of summer approaches us. As mid-August rears its head around the corner, many of us scramble to make the best out of the last summer activities. Of course, one of the more popular pursuits is heading to the beach, lake, or pool. These fun distractions usually include a lengthy amount of exposure to the sun and other elements, such as chlorine and seawater. In turn, our skin suffers the consequence. This doesn’t mean you need to stop enjoying these fun in the sun activities! With the proper holiday routine (one specifically focused on after-beach skincare,) and being mindful of day skin care, you’ll spend minimal time having to worry about damaging your skin. We’ll also talk about the best moisturizer for summer, and answering this burning question: Do you need to wear sunscreen with hyaluronic acid?
Before, Day of, and After Beach Skincare Tips
It’s important to note that beach skincare applies before, the day of, and after heading out to these activities.
Before you head out:
- The night before, make sure your routine consists of various layers of hydration. Exposing the skin to harsh conditions such as the sun, salt, sand, and chlorine will inevitably dry it out. Serums containing humectants draw water to the skin’s surface, while moisturizers help seal this hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a great product to add to your day skincare.
- Avoid treatments using retinol or AHAs (Alpha-hydroxy acids) three days before any beach, lake, or pool outing. These ingredients exfoliate the skin, leaving it more delicate, thin, and prone to burning.
- This should go without saying, but wear that sunscreen! It’s essential to wear sunscreen when heading out at any time, not only at the beach or pool.
- You might be thinking: I’ve already got hyaluronic acid on my face. Do you need to wear sunscreen with hyaluronic acid? The answer is yes. However, make sure you’re correctly layering these products. Using hyaluronic acid on top of sunscreen or moisturizer is not going to work. Hyaluronic acid in serums needs to be applied to clean, damp skin right after cleansing.
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck, hands, chest, ears, and feet. These areas are often neglected but targeted by the sun’s rays all the same. Lips are important, too, as they tend to burn. Finding a lip balm with sun-protective properties would be the best and easiest solution.
- Apply all sunscreen no less than 15 minutes before being exposed to the sun and other elements. This allows time for your skin to absorb the product and deliver more effective protection. Reapply sunscreen every 30 minutes if you’re consistently in water or splashing about.
- Stay hydrated! Remember that most of our body is made up of water, and your skin can tell when you’re not adequately hydrated. Drink a lot of water throughout the day, especially if you’re spending many hours outdoors and in the sun.
After the Beach:
- Cleanse skin very well, mainly if the sunscreen used contains zinc oxide, an ingredient that tends to stick to the skin to protect it.
- Layer products with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to replenish and rejuvenate your skin. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and aloe vera help reverse damage caused by UV rays.
- Moisturize. The best moisturizer for summer won’t be the same for everyone, so it’s essential to find one that fits your skin type and needs. ÆTHEION offers our ZC30 Anti-Aging cream, a daily moisturizer that rejuvenates and rehydrates your skin using redox technology and antioxidants.
Make sure to keep up these skincare tips all throughout the summer. This will ensure your skin stays adequately protected and hydrated so that it looks and feels its absolute best.