Whether you have a girls’ trip planned to somewhere tropical or live right next to the ocean at home, follow these need-to-know tips for looking sexy under the sun.
Protect your tresses
Since salt strips the hair of products used in straightening and highlighting treatments, they won’t last as long if you’re constantly in the pool (especially public pools, as they contain a lot more chlorine) or the ocean, notes Fernanda Lacerda, owner of Maria Bonita Salon & Spa in New York City. “I like to coat my hair with Bio Supplements’ Ultra Straight Hair Masque to prevent it from direct sun exposure and keep it smooth,” she says. It seals in the moisture for frizz-free, silky, manageable strands every time.
Bio Supplements Ultra Straight Hair Masque, $26 at braziliansupplements.com
Shield your skin
Any true beach babe knows that the number one rule to kicking it outdoors is to shield your skin. New York City-based double-board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Tracy M. Pfeifer recommends wearing a physical sunblock of at least SPF 30 with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. “Lotion forms need to be reapplied every two hours to get the stated SPF,” she warns. “Powder forms, however, are a convenient way to touch up throughout the day and don’t need to be reapplied as often.”
Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen, $46 at shop.janeiredale.com
Detangle beach hair
Don’t let your messy beach hair drag you down. Instead, pack a chic detangler brush and leave-in conditioning spray to instantly unsnarl your tresses after going for a swim. The spray will help provide protection against the daily elements as well, whether the problem is salt water or overexposure to sun.
Want to achieve boho beach waves at home? When your hair is wet, part it down the middle and distribute Jonathan Product Silky Dirt throughout for added texture, advises celebrity hair stylist Keith Campbell. “Put it in two braids (one on each side), and let it dry. Take the braids out, but don’t use a brush or comb, just gently rake your fingers through it.” You’ll have natural-looking beach waves without ever hitting the sand!
In addition to hydrating (a must at the beach), you’ll also want to keep cool and beat the heat with a great post-makeup mist, preferably one infused with a drop of your favorite essential oil scent, recommends makeup artist and co-founder/CCO of Veil Cosmetics, Sebastien Tardif.
We love Lather’s Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist, as it hydrates, tones and refreshes the skin, even underneath the blazing hot sun. Keep it on ice in the cooler for added refreshment.
Lather Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist, $14 at lather.com
Fake it ‘til you make it
Intensify your tan without worrying about sunburn. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding Over Beauty, suggests getting a spray tan before you head to the beach. Then cozy up under a tent or umbrella with SPF to protect your skin, she says.
If you simply can’t make it to the salon, however, try an SPF 30 sunscreen with instant bronzer. This will give you a healthy faux glow sans the sun.
Australian Gold Spray Gel with Instant Bronzer SPF 30, $6 at drugstore.com
According to Dr. Aaron Tabor of HealthyDirections.com, women are most susceptible to sun damage the week prior to their period, so be sure to wear extra sunscreen and avoid harsh facial treatments during that time.