Is the fear of itchy skin keeping you from fully enjoying a day at the beach? Does the salt, sand and sun leave your skin feeling dry, cracked, and itchy? If so, these four easy tips can help you enjoy the surf without drying out.
Rinse With Clean Water: Ocean water is full of salt, sand and grit. Rinsing with clean water will remove much of the residue left on your skin. Though it may seem like a no-brainer, it's an easy step to overlook, and carrying all that abrasive grit around can leave you chafed and raw in all your body's nooks and crannies. Showering or otherwise rinsing with clean water may seem like a no-brainer, but easy steps are easily overlooked, so save yourself some possible pain and embarrassment by always remembering to rinse off as soon as you can. Many beaches, ponds, and amusement parks have showers free for public use. If you are at a location that does not have a public shower, use a bottle of water. Most store bought bottles of water are filtered and clean.
Table the Cocktails: Vacations are a great time to get in a few cocktails and relax. One may even start the party a bit early if the kids are away. While morning drinking like a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills may be fun, looking like a morning drinker isn't. So before you gulp your first Mimosa, drink a glass water.
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"liver damage and the dehydration, it’s clear alcohol does damage to our skin.” Says Dr. Debra Jaliman of (Huffington Post Style, 2013)
Drinking more water and less alcohol will help keep your skin dehydrated and supple. Caring for your skin from the inside out helps prolong the health and vitality of your skin.
"The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. Your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.” (Jeune Skin Care Aestheticians, 2015)
Cover Up: Wearing loose breathable clothing made of 100% cotton, linen and 100% silk will protect your skin from the evaporating effects of the sun. Make sure the material is lightweight and moisture wick, if possible. Loosely covering your skin will help you retain moisture while reducing your chances of sun damage.
“Natural fiber textiles absorb perspiration and release it into the air, a process called “wicking” that creates natural ventilation. Because of their more compact molecular structure, synthetic fibers cannot capture air and “breathe” in the same way. “ (O Ecotextiles , 2010)
Moisturize: Moisturizing your skin with an oil based product helps keep your skin soft and supple as well as reduces moisture evaporation. It's important to use a natural, light, non-clogging product that allows your skin to breath and sweat naturally. Lotion bars, body butters and lip balms made with natural fast absorbing ingredients will nurture and moisturize your skin without greasiness.
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Huffington Post Style. (2013, October 24). Here’s How Alcohol Wrecks Your Skin... And How To Choose The Least Damaging Drink. Retrieved from Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/alcohol-skin_n_4146391.html
Jeune Skin Care Aestheticians. (2015, November 23). The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin. Retrieved from UW Health: http://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334
O Ecotextiles . (2010, May 26). Why buy natural fibers instead of synthetics? Retrieved from O Ecotextiles: https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/why-buy-natural-fibers-instead-of-synthetics/