It’s summertime, the weather is warm -- or even blazing hot -- and it’s prime time to catch some rays at the beach. After all, who doesn’t love that sun-kissed, warm, glowing skin? Tan skin can look healthy and gorgeous, but it’s also crucial that you protect your skin in the process.
Tanning your skin has been a coveted beauty achievement for years, and there are many ways to do it. Whether you have a date with the tanning bed, get a spray tan, self-tan, or head off to the beach, the No. 1 concern is to ensure your skin is cared for.
How to Prevent Skin Damage at the Beach
The first and most obvious choice of preventing skin damage is wearing sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the better, but keep the SPF rule of thumb in mind. The SPF number is approximately how long you can be exposed to the sun before damage starts kicking in. For example, an SPF 15 will protect you for 15 minutes, while SPF 50 will be effective for about 50 minutes in the sun.
If you’ll be swimming, it’s a good idea to reapply your sunscreen more often. Even suntan lotions marketed as waterproof or sweatproof still wear off faster in the water, so reapply every half hour or so that you’ll be swimming.
Here are some other ways to protect your skin and help prevent damage:
- Moisturize. The salt, sand, and surf can dry out your skin, so moisturize before and after you go to the beach.
- Wear protective clothing. The more covered up you are, the less damage your skin receives.
- Wear a hat. It’s just as important to protect the sensitive skin on your scalp and face!
- Hydrate. Water intake does wonders for your skin and overall health.
- Seek shade. Bring an umbrella or step into a shaded area every now and then. The sun’s UV rays are harmful, and it’s best to keep that exposure in small doses.
Best Products for Skin Protection at the Beach
Of course, one of the best products you can use for skin protection at the beach is sunscreen. Choose one with a high SPF that will protect from the sun’s UV rays. If it’s a spray bottle, be sure to rub the product in on your skin after spraying, so you don’t have a splotchy application.
Gold Mountain Beauty offers a Fresh Rose Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid & Diamond Dust that is excellent for moisturizing. Apply before you hit the beach and after to retain hydration and revitalize the skin after sun exposure.
Also, GMB’s Organic Rosehip Oil and Gold Dust Elixir are meant to promote healthy skin and locks. Rosehip oil is nourishing to the skin, and gold dust adds an extra glow for radiant, beautiful skin and shiny hair. It can also be used as a natural makeup for tan skin, acting as a radiant and nourishing highlighter.
How to Achieve the Perfect Tan
If we’re talking about the best way to get a tan while protecting your skin, the “healthiest” tanning option is either a spray or self-tan. Your skin won’t be exposed to UV rays, and you can immediately achieve the tan skin tone you’re looking for. With traditional tanning, you’ll have to tan for a few sessions to build up the tan skin color you desire.
If you’re partial to lying on the beach and tanning, here are some things to keep in mind to achieve the perfect tan:
- Exfoliate the skin in the shower beforehand.
- Moisturize your skin before hitting the beach.
- Choose the best sunscreen for your skin. If you have light skin or light tan skin, use a lotion with a higher SPF rating than if you have darker skin.
- If you are going to be in the water, reapply sunscreen often.
- Don’t forget your head and hair! Brunettes typically have better protection than those with red hair and tan skin, or those with blonde hair and tan skin, because their hair is darker. Don’t fret if you have tan skin and blonde or red hair though; just put on a hat! Brunettes, just because you might have an easier hair color for tan skin doesn’t mean you should neglect your hair, either-- that hat is for you, too.
Must-Have Products for a Perfect and Safe Tan
Regardless of how you tan, you absolutely need to have Gold Mountain Beauty’s Tan Extender Lotion. As skin cells die and shed, tans also fade over time. GMB’s tan extender self-tanning lotion is made with caffeine extract, kukui nut oil, jojoba oil, green leaf extract, aloe vera, and niacinamide to moisturize your skin, while 4% DHA helps keep the tan looking fresh.
Another product to consider is GMB’s Skin Lightening Cream with Collagen, which actually works to lighten unsightly dark spots on your skin. The nutrient-rich cream will give skin a radiant look, lighten the appearance of dark spots, hydrate skin, even skin tone, and provide dermal elasticity, thanks to the collagen infusion.
Best Sun Burn Treatments
So, you forgot to reapply sunscreen, or you fell asleep in the sun. It happens to all of us, but it doesn’t mean sunburn is any fun. Luckily, there are many sunburn treatments on the market to help provide sunburn relief and speed up the sunburn healing time. Here are some ways to soothe your sunburn while it heals:
- Take a pain reliever. An over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium can help control the pain and swelling from a sunburn.
- Cool the skin. Take a cool bath or shower, or wet a towel and place it over your skin.
- Apply a moisturizer, lotion, or gel. Aloe vera is one of the top choices for sunburn relief.
- Drink water to prevent dehydration.
- Treat peeling skin gently, and continue to moisturize as it sheds.
- Protect your sunburn from further sun exposure by staying out of the sun or covering up if you go outside.