This is Martha Thomas, head of customer care for Tree of Life Beauty, and I want to welcome you to our blog where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, "how-tos" for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more.
This week we will discuss "5 Reasons Your Skin Needs A Beach Trip." If you missed any of our past blog posts, please check them out here on our website.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be taken up with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
The beach is one of the best ways to rest, relax, and recuperate. But did you know that the beach has a number of benefits for your skin as well?
Below you’ll find the top 5 reasons to take a beach getaway this weekend!
- Salt water may help clear skin.
Sea salt is a natural acne-fighting powerhouse. This detoxification removes the dirt from your pores to leave your skin smooth and clear.
Saltwater is also anti-inflammatory. This means it can help soothe and heal those aggravated, red zits. You’ll leave the beach with smaller, de-reddened lumps.
Plus, salt is a natural exfoliator. When you take a dive in the water, the diluted salt brushes over your face to naturally remove any gunk and dead skin that’s on there. You’ll emerge from the water with a mermaid-like radiance!
- Sand exfoliates skin.
Speaking of exfoliation, sand is the world’s exfoliating agent. When you take a walk on the beach, the grains of sand actually peel off dead skin from your feet and legs (and any other parts of your body that roll around in the sand).
Exfoliation is necessary for healthy skin. It gets rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores, contributing to dull and tired skin.
Wet sand works especially well for exfoliating your skin. Wet sand is more compact, so it creates a deeper exfoliation.
We don’t recommend rubbing sand on your face. Sand is a great natural exfoliator, but it can be too harsh for the sensitive skin on the face. Use a white tea/green tea scrub as your face exfoliator for best results.
- Seawater improves elasticity.
Seawater is filled with natural nutrients that may help fight signs of aging. Back to the ancient Greeks, seawater has been used as a natural immune booster and skin hydrator. In fact, Hippocrates coined the word “thalassotherapy” to describe the healing effects of mineral-rich saltwater.
Of course, a dip in the sea won’t instantly give you a face-lift—but it may give your skin the nutrients it needs for a healthy aging process.
- Sunlight provides vitamin D.
Most people get 80% of their daily dose of vitamin D from the sunshine. Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for bone health, skin health, and even mental health.
But you don’t want to get too many UV rays. UV rays cause damage to the skin cells, which can lead to premature aging.
So you want to get responsible sun exposure. Most experts will recommend 10 minutes of unexposed skin to give you your full dose of vitamin D for the day. Then, you should put on sunblock of 30 SPF or higher to ensure long-term skin health.
- Sun and water make you happier.
Sunlight has a direct impact on your mood. Studies show that sunlight exposure increases levels of serotonin. Serotonin is the “happy hormone” that helps you feel better.
So the beach can make you stress less! Minimizing stress is important to keeping your organs healthy—including your skin. In fact, research shows that stress can help cause breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles, and accelerated aging.
Don’t forget to take care of your skin and health while traveling.