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Planning to spend a day by the ocean? You’ve got your swimsuit on and towel in hand and may think that you are beach-ready, but is your skin looking a little lackluster from months spent under layers and layers of clothes during the winter? Help perk up your complexion and get glowing skin before you spend any time snapping pics of yourself in the sand. A little summer skin prep will help you arrive beach-ready with glowing skin that is nourished and protected. Keep reading for an easy pre-beach skin care routine, featuring some of our best skin care products, such as an overnight face mask, smoothing face scrub, and gradual self-tanner. Here are our five best tips for glowing skin to use before a beach trip.
If your beach plans are set, start your summer skin prep off right by applying an overnight face mask the night before. You’ll most likely not want to wear makeup to the beach, so help your bare face look its best by surging it with extra moisture and nourishment while you sleep. Consider trying the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Face Mask for an anti-aging option, to help improve the appearance of skin’s firmness and elasticity overnight.
In the morning, clean away any sweat and oil that may have built up on the surface of your skin overnight. Take into account the fact that you will be spending the day in the sun and possibly in water so consider opting for a nourishing cleansing method like micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, which hydrates and soothes. Simply saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face. Then, follow up with a gentle exfoliation. Use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub. Apply it to clean, dry skin, then massage it into your skin with wet fingers and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Another way to help brighten the look of your complexion before a beach trip would be to use a charcoal mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask. Over time, harsh environmental factors, such as pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. Often times, a facial cleanser isn’t enough to address this skin care concern. Enter this charcoal mask, which draws out the buildup of dirt, oils, and pollution and increases the look of radiance. Smooth an even layer of face mask over clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Encourage that summer skin glow you love so much by applying a gradual self-tanner prior to trekking to the beach. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium is designed to gradually deliver an even, bronzed glow while softening and nourishing skin. Use three times a week as your body lotion. Cleanse and exfoliate first, then apply the gradual self-tanner evenly all over your entire body, using sparingly around your joints. Wash your hands once you’re done applying, then allow your skin to dry before getting dressed.
We couldn’t end this list without talking about sun protection. Before you leave for the beach, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen—or a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30—as directed. Make sure to throw it in your beach bag so that you can reapply as needed. Take other sun protection measures while you’re at the beach, too—limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade (remember that giant umbrella!), and wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
For more beach beauty tips, here are 6 Beach Bag Beauty Essentials.