Beauty and Fashion

Keep Your Hair and Skin Hydrated in Summer Heat

We understand how the start of summer can bring you waves of excitement, but before you skip out to the beach or park to lay out, don’t forget to apply sunblock. We know you’re eager for a tan but don’t just skip the SPF. If you do you’ll cause your skin more problems and potential long-term health risks. Make sure you take the necessary pre and post cautions when sun bathing.If you do get a sunburn, immediately apply an aloe gel. Look for one whose first ingredient is actual aloe and not water or glycerin. It’ll be more effective when healing the burn. Do not, and we repeat, do not use an exfoliating agent on your face after spending too much time in the sun. Use a gentle facial cleanser to remove the dirt, sweat, and grime from the day and apply a rich moisturizer immediately after that.

Apply an ultra hydrating facemask the day after tanning.  Your skin will thank you for it. Bonus points if you apply an overnight mask.  Face and body lotions with vitamin E will help skin heal itself from its time in the sun.

Hair can’t get sunburned per se, but salt water, chlorine from the pool, and sun exposure can create a great deal of damage to your hair causing it to become brittle and rough. While out in the sun, the best protection you can give to your hair is a hat. Hats aren’t for everyone however. If you absolutely hate wearing a hat, use a UV guard spray for your hair before leaving the house.

To prevent further hair damage, make sure you rinse your hair under a fresh water shower in between dips in the pool or ocean. Bring your favorite leave-in conditioner with you to apply to your hair after rinsing. Immediate hydration is what your hair needs. Once you’re home after a day at the beach or pool, (or even out and about for an extended period of time in the sun) it’s best to use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically for after-sun use.  Apply a moisturizing hair mask to restore damaged hair one to two times per week as well.

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Jenna Bensoussan is an entertainment, lifestyle and wellness writer and editor. She served as executive editor for Smart Talk Magazine, associate editor for Counselor Magazine, and continues to serve as contributing editor for ACED Magazine. She has also contributed to newspapers such as the Boynton Times. Bensoussan holds a B.A. in communication and public relations from Florida Atlantic University.