Authored Article by Shahnaz Husain
Cleansing, cooling and refreshing the skin are important when one is exposed to the hot and humid conditions at the beach, especially during unrelenting summers. Humidity can lead to problems like rashes and pimples. Long hours lazing around at the beach can also lead to problems like sunburn and skin sensitivity.
From applying Sun Block lotion to applying cold skin care techniques and seeking shade during peak hours, there are simple steps to protect your skin from UV rays when on the beach.
1. Use sunblock regularly
Sun Block is an essential part of skincare and goes a long way in preventing sunburns. It can protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Ideally, apply sunscreen 15- 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply sub-block every 2-3 hours, especially if you're swimming. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and make sure to cover all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and ears.
2. ICY TREATMENTS
Cryogenic clinical treatments using dry ice are carried out by professional therapists to remove growths like skin tags and warts. A cold ingredient like ice can also be used for beauty care. Here are the different ways that you can use ice to keep your skin cool during your beach holiday:
Iced Rose water for that elusive glow
Icy cool products can be easily used from the fridge. Rose water is one of the best coolants and a powerful skin tonic. You can chill Rose water in a bowl and leave cotton wool pads soaking in it. Wipe the face with this chilled Rose water pad to tone the skin, help blood circulation and keep the skin glowing. Wipe the skin several times a day with these pads to feel cool and fresh.
Apply it on your skin but with care
Rubbing ice on the skin may have cooling and refreshing benefits, but do NOT apply ice directly on the skin, because it can constrict the blood vessels and even damage the capillaries. Wrap ice cubes in a clean cloth and then apply it on the face gently, for a few seconds at a time. This should be done after cleansing.
3. Wear appropriate protective clothing
Another effective way to prevent sunburns is to wear protective clothing. If you are at the beach and dressed in swimwear, use accessories such as a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. You can also pair your bikini or swimwear with a cape.
4. Avoid Sun Exposure During Peak Hours
UV rays are the strongest in the afternoon and it is best to avoid sun exposure during these peak hours. If you are at the beach, it is best to rest under an umbrella or wear an oversized hat to minimise sun exposure. If possible, plan outdoor activities like swimming or snorkelling for early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is less intense. This can help you avoid the strongest UV rays and minimise your risk of sunburn.
5. Water Therapy
Sun exposure can dehydrate you quickly and dehydration can make you more susceptible to sunburns, so make sure to keep yourself hydrated to maintain healthy skin. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic and sugary drinks, which can cause dehydration
6. Try Using Natural Coolants
Apart from Rosewater, many ingredients are natural coolants and have a cooling effect. Among these are Aloe vera, Cucumber, ripe Papaya, Watermelon, Lemon, Buttermilk, Coconut water, Coconut milk, and Mint (Pudina). Clays like Multani Mitti (Fuller's Earth) also have a cooling effect. They not only cool and soothe the skin, but many of them help to remove sweat deposits and reduce oiliness.
COOLING PACKS AND SCRUBS
Here are some cooling packs and scrubs which will cool your skin after the beating down it has received at the beach:
Ripe Papaya and Oats scrub
Ripe papaya has a cleansing and cooling action. Add Oats and Curd to Papaya. Apply on the face and rub gently on the skin, washing off with water.
Green Tea face pack
Make a powder of green tea leaves and mix it with curd and a little Aloe vera gel. Apply on the face and neck and leave on for a few minutes. Rub gently and wash off with water.