Don’t worry, beach happy!
Think of summer and the beach immediately comes to mind. A cute sun hat, a large beach towel and a pair of stylish sunglasses…is there anything else you need?
The answer is a resounding yes. While a day out at the beach may be relaxing for the body and soul, it’s not as kind to your skin—unfortunately, the combination of UV rays, salty ocean water and coarse sand has the potential to leave your skin worse for wear.
Apart from slathering your skin with water-resistant sunscreens to protect against sunburn and photo-ageing, you also need a good post-beach skincare routine to keep it happy and healthy.
If you’re wondering where to start, we’ve got you. Here are 5 tips to help your skin get out of beach day unscathed!
1. Take a cool shower
With salt, chlorine, and sand clinging to your skin, the very first thing you need to do is take a cool shower. Not only will it rid off the acne-inducing dirt that has accumulated on your skin, it’ll temporarily soothe and relieve any skin discomfort after basking in the hot sun for hours.
Remember to avoid turning up the heat—your skin is already fired-up from the sun, and hot water will only dry it out even further. Plus, as much as we’re on #TeamExfoliation, you should skip out on exfoliating just this once. The sand and sea breeze act as natural exfoliants, and overdoing it will cause your skin to feel raw and painful to the touch.
To gently yet effectively wash your face, double cleanse your skin as water-resistant sunscreens contain emollients to expel water so water-based cleansers alone are not able to remove it completely.
First, use ést.lab’s ActivCalm Gentle Cleansing Milk to break down the water-resistant sunscreens, followed by the ActivCalm Gentle Hydrating Cleansing Mousse to remove any residue without stripping away moisture!
2. Immediate skin rescue
Uhhh oh, is that a sunburn?
Maybe you forgot to reapply your sunscreen. Maybe you missed a spot that was just way too hard to reach. Whatever it is, your skin looks parched, feels painful and is calling out for some TLC.
No worries—there’s always our ActivCalm Quick Soothing SOS Serum to your rescue! Specially formulated with a blend of mood-enhancers to minimise the skin’s sensitised reaction, this instant calming treatment is clinically proven to soothe irritated skin by up to 60% within 1 hour and up to 100% in 24 hours.
Pair it with our Limited Edition Rose Quartz Skin Soothing Cryo Massager that is designed to cool your skin. All you have to do is pop it into the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes, use it when chilled, and you’ll be granted immediate relief.
Trust us, this duo is even better than your good ol’ aloe vera!
If you are seeking a next-level remedy, book our Advanced Cryo+ Freeze Therapy for more dramatic and instant skin soothing results. The best post sun-burn treatment ever! Within a session, this sub zero ice cold treatment will soothe your skin’s redness with a deep face freeze while it stimulates cell repair at the same time.
3. Ramp up with antioxidants
Created when UV rays come into contact with your skin, free radicals attack your skin cells and damage the DNA, causing premature skin ageing and skin cancer.
But with your trusty sunscreen by your side, there’s nothing to worry about…right?
Not exactly. Sunscreens protect your skin from most of the damage, but a small percentage of UV rays may still sneak their way through to wreak havoc on your skin cells. So like all superheroes, sunscreens need their sidekicks to help them out in boss fights—enter antioxidants.
Antioxidants supercharge your sunscreens by neutralising the free radical damage caused when residual UV rays reach the skin. Hence, by increasing your antioxidant intake, your body is better equipped to minimise sun-related damage to your skin.
Pop open a VitaLift Intensive A+ Youth Restoring Capsule, which contains the super antioxidant nobel-prize winner Fullerene that is 250x more powerful than Vitamin C.
Much like vitamins, these capsules are the elixirs to restore your skin to optimal health and boost your skin’s immunity against external stressors like UV damage and pollution.
To further shorten your recovery time, meet our skin saviour Skin Shield Oxygen Facial to restore your skin from various forms of pollution which includes UV rays. This antioxidant treatment neutralises pesky free radicals and repairs your skin from UV damage.
At the same time, it detoxifies to purge your skin’s impurities and boost your cellular metabolism to speed up skin repair.
This is literally the best post-sun rescue that every skin needs!
4. Keep calm and mask on
No thanks to the sun, the sweat and the seawater, you’re probably going back home with dry, crepey skin—and that’s totally normal!
Your skin inevitably loses moisture due to trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) to the environment, and when you’ve spent hours frolicking in the sun or swimming in the ocean, this process is accelerated. All this means is that you need to increase the moisture in your skincare regimen to replenish what you’ve lost.
Snug on our VitaLift A+ Brillage Mask to plump up and give your skin a booster shot. This transformative bio-cellulose face mask is soaked in a cocktail of skin-loving ingredients to soothe irritation while delivering instant and longer-lasting lifting and firming effects to your skin.
Enhanced with Hyaluronic Acid, a moisture magnet that attracts and binds water to your skin, it’s an effortless way to keep your skin soft, dewy and bouncy 24/7.
5. Hydrate, hydrate, rehydrate
While your skin is busy absorbing that much-needed moisture from your mask, you should also be drinking lots of water to help revive your skin. After all, your body needs hydration from both the inside and the out so that your skin stays clear and healthy.
The temptation may be strong, but avoid substituting water with soda, coffee or tea—they simply don’t do the job as well when it comes to boosting moisture levels. Instead, stick to sipping on plain water or electrolyte drinks, and you’ll get your glow back soon enough. We promise!
With all that being said, you can now go on and indulge in summertime fun without worrying too much about your skin health.
Follow these sun-proof tips and you’ll be beach-ready anytime!
In good hands,