In a few weeks time most of us will be heading off on our summer holidays to sunnier climes and hopefully spending some quality hours on the beach, relaxing and soaking up the rays. To get the most out of your holiday, we have come up with a few simple tips to make sure you do not come back frazzled, sunburnt and if you start preparing now, you should have a beach body to die for!
Body – To get a safe sun tan that will last long after your holiday has finished, start now by exfoliating to eliminate dead skin and then moisturise to get your skin silky smooth. If you are shaving or waxing before you go away, make sure the hair is at least 12mm long and treat yourself to a professional wax before you go. Apply fake tan if you are particularly pale skinned and apply it with some moisturiser as this will give a more even finish. When using fake tan, mist it along the contours of your body that naturally will pick up the suns rays such as the front of legs, sides and arms. Once on holiday, always use a sunscreen slightly higher than you normally would use, at least with an SPF of 15 or above and apply regularly throughout the day, especially if you are in and out of the water. After sunbathing be sure to use an after sun cream to help soothe your skin.
Hair – Treat hair as you would your body and frequently moisturise it by protecting it from the suns rays, either by wearing a sun hat or using a a spritz spray such as Charles Worthington Styling Spritz Spray UV Protection. This is especially important if your hair is colour treated or dry and damaged. Control frizz by using a serum on the ends or use a leave in conditioner. If your hair becomes damaged through too much sun exposure, try a leave in mask treatment which will combat the effects of too much sun and chlorine damage.
Face – Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to your face before you head out to the beach as this is often a forgotten area. Don’t forget to protect your lips and put on some chapstick or vaseline. A fully made up face is not a good look when you have been exposed to the sun so keep make up to a minimum and try for a natural look with a bit of blush and mascara. Remember to apply lots of moisturiser and a lip tint rather than full on lipstick.
Feet – Have a pedicure before you go to get rid of dry skin or if you cannot afford one, soak your feet in soapy water, then use a foot file to slough off and scrub away dead skin. Apply a cream to moisturise the feet and toes. For pretty feet and toenails, clip nails straight across and wipe clean with a nail varnish remover, then apply a bright colour in several layers to the nails.