Summer is almost here and so is the time for vacation, which for most of us means lying in the sun with our favorite book or a cocktail in hand. However, on lazy vacation days we often get too lazy, so we easily forget to take care of our skin and hair. But, the truth is that summer is the time of the year when they both require special treatment due to heat, humidity and excessive sun exposure. So, before you start packing your suitcase, read on and learn how to keep your skin and hair healthy during this time.
Protect your hair from the sun
Since all the above-mentioned damage your hair during, it’s important to protect it as much as possible. Therefore, start wearing a scarf or hat. Apart from providing you UV protection, they will also keep your scalp moisturized. Plus, if you have colored hair, you have an extra reason to purchase a nice summer hat.
Skip washing your hair
When washing your hair frequently, you actually deprive the scalp of its natural oils stimulating even greater oil production. For this reason, you should just rinse the hair after a beach day and replace your regular shampoo with a natural or homemade version. On the other hand, if you’re a huge swimming pool fan, skip washing your hair before swimming. As said, it rinses naturally protective oils and makes your hair more exposed to the chemicals in the pool. In order to keep your hair healthy, protect it from harmful chlorine effects by washing it after swimming with a shampoo containing ethylene tetra-acetic acid.
Avoid the heat
As summer heat dries your hair more than usual, there’s no need to use a hairdryer or a flat iron. Instead of doing further harm to your hair, you should let it dry naturally. Not only will that keep your hair healthy, but it’ll also give you a nice beachy look.
Although we all like getting a nice tan, excessive sun exposure can cause premature skin aging, dark spots or, in the worst case scenario, skin cancer. Even Dr Turner, an experienced plastic surgeon, recommends using sunscreen to avoid skin aging. Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether you’re on vacation or not. Using sunscreen on a daily basis is a must if you want to keep your skin healthy! When purchasing sunscreen, make sure you choose the right one. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that you should use at least SPF 30 sunscreen. Also, make sure you choose one with a “Broad Spectrum” label. It means it provides protection from both UVB and UVA rays.
Other sun protective measures
Wearing sunscreen doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take other measures to keep your skin safe from the sun. This means should hide from the sun between 10 am and 3 pm, because that’s usually the time with the most intense UV rays. Also, cover your skin with clothing in reflective colors made of materials that don’t itch, scratch or heat. What is more, start wearing hats and sunglasses.
Don’t forget water
When on summer vacation, you can easily get dehydrated. So, it’s crucial to drink sufficient amounts of water in order to hydrate your body and eliminate harmful toxins. This helps not only your skin and hair, but the functioning of the entire organism. Therefore, drink at least 1.9l of liquids per day. However, don’t overload your body with fluid. Simply don’t forget to take a sip whenever you feel thirsty.
Apart from these basic care tips, there’re also many beauty tricks that can help you keep your skin and hair healthy. So, include a little research on this topic into your vacation preparation list. Have a nice holiday!
Helen Bradford is a journalism and fashion enthusiast who always seeks new ideas to write about. She enjoys blogging about fashion, design and style trends for women. When she’s not writing, she spends her spare time being active through fitness and traveling.