If you are someone who experiences skin inflammation from salt water, it can definitely put a damper on your fall getaway. Many people like to visit somewhere warm for a few last days of summer when the weather starts to cool down, but the salt water and air can really do a number on sensitive skin. Instead of letting the salt keep you from enjoying a fall getaway, try a few simple steps to protect your skin while you enjoy the beach.
Deep Moisturizing Prevents Skin Inflammation
The most important thing you can do to prevent skin inflammation caused by salt water is to moisturize your skin several times throughout the day. Applying a thick moisturizer before you go into the water will create a protective barrier between your skin and the salt that can cause irritation. Once you are finished with the sun and salt for the day, take your bath or shower and then immediately apply another coat of moisturizer to lock in the water from bathing. This will help repair any of the damage that may have been done by the day’s exposure.
Get on a Shaving Schedule
Ladies, if you know in advance that you are going to be exposing your skin to the sun and salt, plan your personal grooming accordingly. It is best to shave your legs and bikini area two days before you plan on going to the beach. This will give the hair follicles time to heal so that salt doesn’t get under the skin, causing skin inflammation. If you shave in the morning and then head to the beach, you are likely to experience itchy, sore skin before the day is out. Planning ahead can go a long way for your comfort and the safety of your skin.
Never Skimp on the Sunscreen
Even when you are using a moisturizing lotion on your skin, and even if that lotion has a level of SPF, it is always necessary to use a separate sunscreen lotion when going outdoors. Sunburn is one of the easiest ways to experience extreme skin inflammation, leaving you with red, sore, peeling skin. Be sure to not only apply your sunscreen before heading out but to reapply it every two hours, even if you haven’t been in the water. Failure to do so could have both long- and short-term consequences for your skin.
A fall getaway to the beach is a great way to ease the transition into cooler weather. Just make sure you are taking proper care of your skin before exposing it to salt.
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