Tanned skin, beach waves, new Raybands: A perfect beach day. Lounging by the pool or reading in a beach chair make up some of the most favored past times when summer rolls around! We all love this time of year. But some precautions are needed to protect your hair and skin in the summer sun.
The Effect of Chlorine Vs. Sea Salt
Both the chlorine in the pool and the ocean’s sea salt take a toll on your skin and hair. Although it offers protection from bacteria and algae, chlorine is a chemical that dries out your skin and strips your hair of natural oils.
Salt is healing for your skin, treating wounds and exfoliating dry skin, but too much salt dries out your skin and hair. The water content of your hair gives it moisture and a smooth texture, but when exposed to salt and chlorine, hair (and nails!) become brittle and lifeless.
Summer Sun and Heat Waves
Sunspots and skin cancer are the consistent results of excess sun exposure. Women who spent their youth sunbathing and in tanning beds, later in life spend thousands of dollars burning away sunspots and removing cancerous moles. Sun damaged skin is not only costly to your beauty but for your health.
Correct Protection For The Future
Discovering the danger in excess salt/chlorine or sun exposure can be depressing — but there are measures to take to prevent any of these issues. Here are some ways to protect your hair and skin in the summer sun:
- Before swimming in the ocean or pool, wet your hair and spray it with a protectant such as Unite’s 7 Seconds Leave-In Conditioner. This will protect your hair from the elements of chlorine, sea water, and the sun.”
- Always rinse your hair and body after salt and chlorine exposure and don’t forget to moisturize and hydrate your skin.
- The best protection from the sun is, of course, sunscreen, yet it is no secret that many young women would rather choose a nice tan than protect their skin. Think of the future, ladies. It is worth it.
“Only You Can Control The Future”
You have the ability today to affect your future self, whether you are six or sixty. Change habits this summer and you will surely see a difference next year!
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