You took care of yourself all year round and prepared yourself to look beautiful to enjoy a few days off and summer vacations at the pool or beach. But beauty care doesn’t need a break, especially on the year’s hottest days.
It is precise during the heat that the hair and skin suffer the most due to greater exposure to the sun and factors such as the chlorine in the pool and the salt in the seawater. “In summer, due to sweat, heat, and humidity, hair is more susceptible to problems such as seborrhea and dandruff. In addition, those who like the beach should be careful, as excessive sun exposure and seawater can wreak havoc on the wires”, says Dr. Kédima Nassif, dermatologist, and trichologist.
Therefore, it is not the time to be careless, even for just a few days. We have selected some tips to help you take care of the beauty of your skin and hair in the hottest season of the year. Check out:
Pay Attention To The Hair
A day at the beach or pool is enough for hair to show signs of wear. Exposing the hair to the sun’s rays can accelerate the oxidation of the hair’s surface structure. Have you noticed that the strands are lighter than usual? This could indicate that the sun has damaged your hair.
“Many people don’t know, but the fact that the hair lightens is not a positive thing; it means that it has lost part of its protective layer against the light. It is also necessary to be careful with seawater because its high salt content makes the hair lose a lot of water. And when the hair is dehydrated, you lose moisture from the fibers of the strands, causing the hair to become brittle”, explains the doctor.
In order not to damage the beauty of your wires during the summer, take some precautions:
- After bathing in the sea, wash your hair with fresh water or mineral water.
- Use season-specific shampoos and conditioners.
- Bet on nourishing actives such as arginine (an amino acid that forms a film around the strands to protect them) and keratin (a shield against external aggressions) to face exposure to the sun.
- Invest in a quality leave-in that helps protect the hair fiber and prevent the hair from becoming dry, brittle, and dull.
- Use specific sunscreen for hair. Always apply before exposure to the sun and reapply every two hours or after contact with water.
If somehow your hair has been damaged by any of the most common factors of hot days, hydration is the best way to reverse the situation. “Use hydration both in the salon and at home, use hair oils for deeper nutrition and invest in an anti-residue shampoo. It will remove any traces of salt and sand. It is best to consult with a specialist, as he will know which products are best for your type of case”, concludes Dr. Kedima.
Take Care Of Your Skin
Being exposed to the sun for a long time, without protection, is not suitable for the skin. In addition to increasing the chances of developing skin cancer, other problems such as premature aging, dryness, and allergies can arise. Learn how to prevent any risk:
- Avoid excessive exposure to the sun: the most significant threat is diseases such as skin cancer and dermatological problems, such as burns, stains, premature aging, among others. Avoid peak hours, between 10 am and 4 pm. On the beach, I prefer shady or covered places.
- Use sunscreen: a mandatory item to enjoy the beach and pool responsibly. Dermatologists recommend that the product be reapplied throughout the day to protect the skin. Use on the face and areas that are most exposed.
- Stay hydrated: The skin can be drier in the summer because of the sun’s rays and water loss through sweat. Drink plenty of water and bet on urea and vitamin C-based moisturizers.
Also, Pay Attention To Your Nails
Nails also need (and deserve) attention. To hydrate them, use cream, serum, or even a specific oil for the region. Also, pass the product on the cuticles and remember not to remove them altogether. This natural protection ensures that your nails will always be beautiful and healthy.
In the pool, on the beach, or in wet environments, wear flip-flops or sandals. Avoid closed shoes. Dirty and wet feet collaborate for the formation of fungi and bacteria. If you’re traveling, remember to pack a basic nail care kit with nail polish in the color you’re using for touch-up, sandpaper, cotton pad, and remover.