Wearing SPF at the beach is a no-brainer, but what does your skin and hair need after sunset? We’ve got the scoop on what’ll keep you looking good from head to toe.
For your face: “Salt water, wind and sand can make your skin dry and flaky,” says Los Angeles dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face, Dr. Jessica Wu. To rehydrate and pamper your skin, try a soothing honey mask (the cheapo stuff in the bear-shaped bottle will do). Pull your hair back then smooth a thin layer of honey onto your face with the back of a spoon. “Lie down so it doesn’t drip down your neck,” suggests Dr. Wu. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes, wipe it off with a damp washcloth then pat your face dry. How easy is that?
For your body: You know how the sun can suck moisture out of your face? Same goes for your arms, legs, feet and all of your exposed parts when you’re at the beach. “Also, sunscreens can clog your pores, and sweating can give you heat rash and backne,” says Dr. Wu. To give your bod some TLC, try Dr. Wu’s body scrub recipe: Grab a plastic bowl and mix in it one cup sugar, 1/4 cup mashed avocado, one tablespoon sour cream and one tablespoon honey (do you see a trend?). If your skin is really thirsty, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Hop in the shower, wash as usual then apply the scrub and rinse well.
For your hair: Tempting as it may be, don’t try to stretch out a sexy, beachy hairstyle for more than one day—wash and condition your hair when you get home to avoid dryness and to prevent a dye job from fading. Use a deep conditioner to quench thirsty hair or Dr. Wu suggests rinsing with coconut milk. “It’s rich in fatty acids to add softness back to your hair,” she says. Bonus: You’ll smell like an island goddess.