Every mermaid wants healthy, radiant skin after a day at the beach. Skin that glows like the light dancing off the surface of the sea, is as smooth as seashells washed along the shoreline, and is as soft as warm golden sands. However, after a day at the beach, it’s easy for a mermaid’s skin to look more like a lobster than a shimmering goddess of the sea.
This is why a good skincare routine is essential for a day at the beach. The Vogue Mermaid is going to share with you some of our top tips and tricks for healthy, glowing skin during a day of fun in the sun.
Healthy skin starts on the inside with hydration. Try adding some freshly sliced lemon or cucumber to your water during the summer.
One of our favorite tips for a summer of healthy skin is to brew some iced green tea and pour it into a big thermos to bring down to the beach. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but the catechin compounds found naturally in green tea can help protect your skin against the sun’s radiation.
Some summer-friendly snacks also go a long way in helping your skin- when packing snacks for a day at the beach, try some juicy pomegranets- they are a rich source of elegiac acid, which helps protect skin from UVA and UVB induced cell damage.
Also, snack on vitamin-C rich foods- vitamin C is a skin-healing antioxidant which can help prevent skin damage from the sun. Try adding some fresh guava to a smoothie, bringing a juicy orange or some strawberries down to the beach, or even snacking on some sweet bell peppers or broccoli with hummus.
Another tip- as tempting as sipping a cold alcoholic beverage on the beach can seem, wait until you’re home to indulge- not only does excess drinking dehydrate you and cause premature aging, but it also causes you to forget to reapply sunscreen, leading to sunburn.
Now, for the obvious tip. Apply your sunscreen, mermaid! Even the most magical of mermaids is not immune to the sun’s rays.
Our number one tip is to always use sunscreen on your face, ears, neck, and chest- every day, regardless of whether you are at the beach. Here at The Vogue Mermaid, our beauty motto is to tan your body (while using sunscreen of course) but always use a darker foundation and bronzer to match your face, neck, and chest to the rest of your skin. This way, you still appear *fabulously* sun-kissed, but without the aging effects of laying in the sun.
Also, another, more obvious tip- bring an umbrella to the beach, and wear a hat. Opt for loose fitting, comfortable cover ups to protect your body while frolicking in the sun. We always recommend wearing UV protected sunglasses while outside too- this prevents squinting, which can intensify fine lines around eyes.
If you’re going for a swim in ocean (because really, mermaids, what’s the point of going to the beach if you don’t), opt for a water-resistant sunscreen, and reapply once you’re out of the water. Long sleeved rash guards or colorful wetsuits are also super chic and provide excellent coverage from the sun during extended surf sessions.
Finally, when you’re working out under the sun, wear a cap, and be sure to remove your foundation before exercising. Sweat plus makeup can equal clogged pores, so opt for a face-friendly, sweat-resistant sunscreen instead, which won’t cause your skin to break out.
One of the most important parts of a beach-skincare routine is to realize that the regime itself doesn’t end once you leave the beach.
Managed to enjoy a full day at the beach AND avoid sunburn? You go, Mermaid!
Our post-beach skincare recommendation for a mermaid with no sunburn is to exfoliate. We like to use a gentle apricot or homemade facial scrub, but any type of face-friendly exfloiant works perfectly. This will slough away any sunscreen left on the skin. Afterwards, let your skin breathe, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Healthy skin is hydrated skin, both on the inside and out.
(Everybody’s skin is different, so it’s important to find the moisturizers and exfoliants which are the best fit for you. The skincare products which might work great for one mermaid can break out another mermaid’s skin, and vice versa.)
Enjoyed a day and the beach and got a little sunburned? It’s okay, it happens to even the best mermaids! Just follow the next few tips and you’ll be up and swimming in no time.
After a long day in the sun, we like to ease any sunburn with cool aloe. Here at The Vogue Mermaid, we like to keep 100% aloe juice in the fridge so that after the beach you can simply soak a cloth in the aloe juice and lay it on your face to sooth a burn. Aloe juice not your style? Also try leaving a bottle of cold aloe gel in your fridge, and apply the gel directly to your face before bed. It will facilitate the healing process and reduce some of the next-day redness.
Another tip is to avoid hot showers after a sunburn. As tempting as a hot shower seems after the beach, it is really just aggravating your sunburn and making it worse in the long run. Gently wash any sunscreen off with cold water to help minimize any sunburn.
(Skincare aside, got a date or event that you just can’t miss that night, but have to deal with a sunburn? Avoid wearing the colors red and white, which can make a sunburn appear worse. Instead, opt to wear black, which will diffuse any apparent redness in your skin.)
Finally, our number one tip for healthy, glowing skin? SMILE! You just spent a day at the beach, sun kissed and salty, and that’s enough to make any mermaid glow from the inside, out!
The Vogue Mermaid