How to nail summer beauty in 4 steps
Don’t let hair dramas and beauty blunders ruin your summer holiday. Here’s everything you need to look effortlessly fab, home or away
Dealing with fuzzy braids or a bikini line blighted with ingrown hair isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, especially when you’re on holiday. To tackle these hair and beauty dramas (or avoid them all together), it’s worth doing some forward planning. With this in mind, we’ve got some great tips to help you look your best on the beach alongside product recommendations that promise to solve common hair and beauty complaints so you can have fun in the sun.
1. SCREEN TIME
SPF numbers on sunscreen bottles are paramount as they indicate how long you may be able to stay in the sun for without getting burnt. So, applying products containing SPF 20, for example, means that you can enjoy the sun up to 20 times longer than you would without wearing any protection. If you are planning on basking in the sunshine for several hours, a higher SPF is always recommended to avoid skin damage.
Traditional sunscreens use chemical ingredients designed to absorb the sun’s rays and release their energy as heat, which can cause skin irritation. Many of these chemicals have also been linked to disrupting the endocrine system that regulates the hormone function in the body. REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30, £30, is a mineral sun product containing organic ingredients such as passion fruit and zinc oxides and creates a barrier between the sun and skin rather than being absorbed into the epidermis.
Be aware that sunscreens containing titanium dioxide can leave a white cast on darker skin tones giving it an ashy appearance, but work extremely well on paler or freckled complexions, and those sensitive to sunburn.
2. SHIELD YOUR HAIR
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. And when it comes to your hair and scalp in the summer months, that couldn’t be more true. The sun’s UV rays can deplete moisture and protein levels in the hair, so covering it with a wide brim hat or silk scarf – HAYLEY MENZIES Leopardess Silk Scarf, £100, comes as a stylish option – is the easiest way to protect against direct sunlight.
You can also try a serum or oil with UV protection for longer lasting manageability. While salty seawater soothes and detoxifies skin, it wreaks havoc on hair, pulling natural moisture from strands to leave it dry, brittle and vulnerable. ‘Dousing your hair in conditioner right before you go in the sea won’t help,” says celebrity hairstylist 5IVE at HYPE COIFFURE.
“Conditioner dissolves easily and washes away, polluting the ocean and leaving hair unprotected.’ Instead, he recommends applying coconut oil before taking a dip: ‘It’s naturally attracted to your hair - making it harder for seawater to leach away your natural keratin. It won’t dissolve in water either, so it safely protects your strands without harming marine life.’
3. DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH
Hair removal is a standard beauty routine that many of us don’t think twice about. Yet according to myvouchercodes.co.uk, 48 per cent of Britons encounter problems defuzzing at home. Removing unwanted hair in a hurry can lead to ingrown hairs, redness and swelling -especially around intimate areas. It’s a good idea to wax two or three days before you jet off on holiday, as this will give your skin time to calm down and prevent inflammation.
Your skin may be sensitive post-wax, so avoid tightfitting clothing for 24 hours and use FEATHRS Exfoliating Wash, £5, to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs and awks moments on the beach.
4. BRAIDS FOR THE BEACH
Braids embody beach hair freedom, allowing you to swim, make sand angels and then rinse it all away. In the evenings, just shampoo, condition and smooth a little leave-in over the crown to minimise frizz. Choosing X-PRESSION Ruwa, £4.49, over human hair means you can shampoo more regularly with a quick drying time. This is because the braids are made with a special Aquatex fibre, which repels water and moisture - leaving each braid build-up free. This means your style will feel lighter and last for as long as you’re on vacay.