It’s officially the last month of this summer. Although I said that last week’s article of the Summer Series was the last one, I thought that I had one more thing to add.
I went to the beach again last weekend and I before going I thought to myself: Okay, you are 23 now, Mysha. You have (almost) never taken great care of your skin and hair before and while you were at the beach. Only sometimes you were using some after-sun lotion or yogurt (yes, you read well, I’ll detail it later in the article, keep reading). It’s time for you to change this. You need to take more care of yourself when it comes to the Sun.
You see.. in my mind the Sun can’t really hurt me since I love it so much. But it does. In case you have never heard of the effects of Sun exposure to your skin, here’s a video:
I guess that not only because I love it so much, but also I, as someone in their twenties, foolishly believed that no one and nothing can hurt me. And that’s not true so I’m working on acknowledging that I need to take more care of myself.
Therefore, here’s what I did:
In the morning, as soon as I got to the beach, I’ve put on the Garnier Ambre Solaire Ideal Bronze SPF 15. After a while I got pretty hot so I went for a swim. Got back from the water, dried up and put it on again. I must admit I kept putting it on every time I was getting out of the water. This means pretty much every 40 minutes. I went for SPF 15 because I thought that in the morning it’s fine to use a lower protection factor since the Sun is less strong.
Around 11:30 AM, I changed to a stronger SPF. This time I used the Oriflame Sun Zone face and body lotion SPF 30. It was already getting hot so I was going even more often in the water, but I still kept putting it on after every time I was drying up.
Two hours and a half later, after lunch, I decided to go for the big guns – Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Advanced Sensitive SPF 50+. Yes, I know it’s for kids. But it’s super nice. It has a lovely consistency and your skin feels so much softer after it. And given that I woke up at 5 AM to get to the beach at 6:30 AM, of course I fell asleep. But when I woke up one hour and a half later I was perfect. My skin I mean. Not red, not feeling like I was in flames. Just perfect.
Around 5 PM though I went back to the first one, the one I used in the earlier morning. I wanted to get the ‘last rushed tan’ as I call it.
I totally recommend all of them. I love their perfume and consistency. They’re not oil and get in your skin very fast.
TIP 1: okay, don’t know how much it’s true, I actually invented it myself, but when autumn comes, I prefer using sun lotion as a body lotion. I prefer how it smells, it reminds me of summer and of the beach and in my head, it helps me keep my tan for longer.
TIP 2: when you go to the beach and it’s super super hot and you’re all sweaty, using a good deodorant is very important. I have been using the Body Series Deodorant and AntiPerspirant Roll-On for 8 years now and I will keep doing so. It keeps me dry and fresh. Even when I go to the beach.
TIP 3: this is more of an after beach tip actually. After exposing themselves to the Sun and getting burnt, Greeks always use their white (and delicious) Greek yogurt. I know it sounds weird, but it has a calming and soothing effect on your burnt skin. I’m fortunate enough to (almost almost almost) never get burnt, but I was once in Greece and I kinda burnt my legs. And I used the yogurt for a day after and I was perfectly fine after it.
I wash my hair very often, either it’s summer or winter. But I wash it even more often in the summer. And given that I also bleached my dark brown hair this year as well and dyed it pink, bleached it again, then made it violet, then kind of green, it needs serious extra care. But since summer started, I’ve noticed that it needs even more care. So I keep trying hair masks and conditioners to see which one fits me better. Right now I’m using L’Oreal Hair Expertise Ever Color for colored and dry hair.
Something else I’m doing is using the TRESemme Liquid Gold Oil. I use it everyday by applying it to my ends and after washing it I apply it everywhere. But I also use it before and after I go to the beach. I like to believe that it’s good and useful to keep my hair healthy when I go there.
Do you have any preferred sun lotions for your body or any products you use for your hair to protect it from the Sun? I’m always on the search for new products so I’d love to hear what you’re using.