With spring break right around the corner, it’s time to start prepping your skin and stock up on your favorite sun skin care products. At Paris Salon in Ridgefield, CT, many of our patients use our skin care treatments as a way to heal and rejuvenate their aging, sun-damaged skin. If you’re heading somewhere tropical for spring break or are planning on getting any sun exposure whatsoever, it’s important to shield your skin from damaging UV rays that not only cause your skin to burn and blister, but can also result in sunspots and skin cancer.
Use a Dermatologist-Approved Sunscreen of SPF 30 or Higher
Although it may seem obvious, the best way to avoid sun damage to your skin is by applying – and reapplying – a trusted brand of “broad spectrum” sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, which protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays. As Ridgefield’s top hair and skin care experts, we completely understand your desire to get a beautiful bronze tan during your vacation, but neglecting to apply sunscreen is not the way to go about it. In fact, regularly applying sunscreen to protect your skin against harmful UV rays actually allows your skin to focus on redirecting those rays into melanin production – the pigment responsible for making your skin tan – rather than helplessly suffering from avoidable burns.
Don’t Wear Face Makeup to the Beach
Many women face this dilemma when they are getting ready for a day at the beach. While it’s natural to want to look your best in a bikini around others, applying foundation or contouring before going to the beach is a nightmare for your skin and often results in a smeary mess. However, if you must wear face makeup to the beach, invest in a foundation with SPF protection or reduce your application to problem spots and use a sunscreen specifically meant for your face. And, if you opt for SPF foundation, make sure to thickly apply it every one to two hours just as you would with regular sunscreen.
We’ve all heard the statistic that our bodies are made up of 50-60 percent water. That being said, it’s especially important to stay hydrated at the beach when you’re lying out under the hot afternoon sun. As the body’s biggest organ, your skin is highly susceptible to dehydration and will noticeably dry out and crack if you don’t drink enough water. When combined with excessive sun exposure, dehydrated skin is at extremely high risk of sun damage and painful burns. Luckily, this is very easy to avoid with plenty of water and sunscreen.
Treat Yourself to a Facial
It’s just as important to treat your skin after being in the sun as it is while you’re out lying on the beach. If you suffer a painful sunburn, apply pure aloe vera gel to the area several times per day until your skin heals and returns to normal. While it may be tempting to buy the cheapest product on the shelf, make sure to invest in 100 percent pure aloe gel that doesn’t have any added chemicals, fragrances or coloring, as those knock-offs are not nearly as effective.
If you are not experiencing bad sunburns on your face after your spring break trip and simply want to give your skin the care it deserves after a long week of sun exposure, visit our spa and try one of our luxury facials. Our Hydralessence, Time Resist and Optimizer facials are all great for hydrating and rejuvenating your face with a combination of essential vitamins, minerals and exfoliators – all of which are derived directly from flower essences and botanical extracts. Contact us to indulge in one of our 100 percent natural Yon Ka skin care services today!