We know the beginning of summer can bring you waves of excitement, but don’t skip out to the beach or park to lay out and forget to apply sunblock. Many people are so eager for a tan that they’ll probably tell themselves it’s the first tanning session of the summer … I’ll just skip the SPF to make sure I get some color. Nope, you’re wrong. You’ll cause your skin more problems and long-term risks than if you’d just taken 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 actually aloe, and not water or glycerin, because it’ll be more effective. 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.
The day after tanning apply an ultra hydrating facemask, your skin will thank you for it. Bonus points if it’s an overnight mask. Face and body lotions with vitamin E will help skin heal itself from the 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 your hair is a hat. If you aren’t a hat person, use a UV guard hairspray before leaving the house.
To prevent further hair damage, rinse your hair under a fresh water shower in between dips in the water. Bring your favorite leave-in conditioner with you to apply to your hair after rinsing. Immediate hydration is what your hair begs for. Once you’re home after a day at the beach, it’s best to use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically for after-sun use. Apply a hair mask as well to restore damaged hair.