Hi everyone! I’m sorry it took me so long to post here, it’s just that I’ve been traveling and I wanted to do this nicely!
Since I was at the beach and not home to make some nice makeup tutorial films I thought I could start by showing you some of the summertime products I’m wearing and loving…!
Shiseido After Sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion, Dior Bronze Gelée de Monoi Tan Activator and Extender, Piz Buin In Sun 15 SPF Spray for the body, Dior Bronze 30 SPF for the face, Kérastase Brume Jour Protectrice for the hair, Lait Richesse after sun Kérastase hair conditioner
Preparing for the beach:
Two or three days before going to the beach I like to prepare my skin by wearing this Dior Gelée de Monoi Tan Activator and Extender for the body. I find it gives for a soft glow and tan. It dries quickly so you don’t have to wait long before getting dressed not to stain your clothes. It has a pleasant perfume and doesn’t stain the skin either for it is a very mild self tanner. I must warn you though that throughout the day, or the night depending on when you apply it, it does leave the skin with that unpleasant self tanning smell that is inevitable. I use it only on my body – I don’t tan my face at all ever; I just wear make up to even out the tone with the rest of my body, but if you do, you should wear a self tanner made specifically for the face. You should also be careful when applying it on areas such as wrists, knees, elbows and of course wash your hands thoroughly after you’re done spreading it evenly on dry and clean skin. I felt this product helped me skip the lobster look on the first day of sun exposure hahaha. This week I’ll test it to see the effect of prolonging the tan and I’ll update the post to let you know!
Tanning and protecting the skin – Body and Face:
I love the Piz Buin sunscreens. The one I am wearing right now is a 15 SPF (which they categorize as medium protection) for the body and it is an oil free spray. It contains not only the UVA/UVB protection but also the helioplex technology which prolongs the UV protection. I’ve been wearing this sunscreen for a year or so and I’ve never had any problems, but I read of people who had allergic reactions to sunscreens with this technology so I would advise you to test a bit of the product on your wrist or the back of your neck just to see how well your skin adapts to it. It is rare that good products now a days would cause such allergic reactions but this tip also applies to all beauty products you may purchase- it helps avoiding bad surprises and guarantees your skin is ok with anything it is you are buying. Wearing at least 15 spf is vital for the health of the skin and I understand that whilst some of us love their natural very light skin tone and don’t mind wearing a 30 and above protection all summer long, I really like to get a little tanned and get rid of the green winter complexion hahaha. I find this is a good protective factor for my skin tone: it slowly tans, and yet does not allow my skin to get red and start pealing on the first day of sun exposure, but no one better than yourself to know which factor of protection works best for you! Piz Buin also have an interesting line of products for people with sun sensitive skin; the Piz Buin Allergy.
For the face I use the Dior 30 SPF (categorized as high protection) cream. Even though it has a high protective factor it is not as thick as most sunscreens for the face. The skin does not get oily throughout the day and although the gel consistency is the most indicated for people with oily or mixed skins I found this worked just as fine! I wear it all over my face and neck. I also apply it to the ears (needless to say that I don’t mean you to put it in your eardrum but around and on the back of the ears hahah) and my hands which are all delicate skin areas we don’t want getting all wrinkly and full of little spots caused by sun exposure (at least not before time…).
After sun- recovering and saving our skin:
After the shower, instead of wearing my usual moisturizer, I prefer to apply products made specifically for sun damaged or simply sun exposed skin. This summer I have tested the Shiseido Intensive Recovery Emulsion and although it’s slightly lighter as far as consistency is concerned, it moisturizes the skin well and is quickly absorbed. It has a pleasant and yet very subtle perfume. It helps settle the tan and keep the skin healthy looking. Thanks to such light and not at all oily composition it can be worn on the face too. Another product that I have tested and loved but wasn’t bought in time to be part of the picture above hahah is shown below and is called the Piz Buin After Sun Soothing Lotion. It is thicker and yet as quickly absorbed as the Shiseido emulsion. It is highly moisturizing and I found it provides a longer lasting sensation of having a hydrated skin.
Piz Buin After Sun Soothing Lotion
Hair care at the beach:
There could be a whole book just written with tips on how to save our hair after even a day at the beach hahaha but let us condense the process into three parts and remember that not of all of us have the patience to spend our days and time applying and re-applying a dozen different products instead of enjoying ourselves carelessly under the sun… Swimming, running, playing, living life… hahaha just kidding. But let’s be realistic and try to wear good products that save our time and really help keeping our hair from getting too damaged when we’re at the beach. We have to be concise and strategic hahah: protect, clean and repair!
For protecting the hair I wear the Kérastase Brume Jour Proctectrice spray (shown on the first picture) which is extremely practical and has UV protection. The result is a soft and smooth hair, easy to brush and to arrange into your favorite beach hairstyle. The hair doesn’t get at all sticky and oily, instead this product makes for a light, shiny and natural look. Although practical, the disadvantage of this product is that it has no waterproof characteristics. For such quality, I wear the Kérastase Aqua Seal Leave In which hasn’t as light a feel as the spray but has a more concentrated formula that I find more effective when applied to damaged hair as well as containing UV protection too.
Kérastase Aqua Seal Leave In Fluid Cream
For cleaning the hair I first wash it with whatever shampoo I’m using daily at the time, and a second time either with a moisturizing shampoo or preferably with this Kérastase Bain Apres-Soleil which helps keep the natural colour of the hair after sun exposure. I always, always, always, always dissolve the shampoo and the conditioner into a little bowl with water before applying it to the hair not to leave residues of product on the hair or on the scalp. This quick and yet indispensable change on your hair routine makes for a lighter, smoother and never sticky or heavy looking hair root. Dissolving hair products before applying them works specially well for women with oily hair.
Kérastase Bain Apres-Soleil Shampoo
Now, for repairing our hair from damage caused by the environment and the sun we can use products oriented for this purpose such as the Kérastase Lait Richesse Conditioner, shown on the first picture, or we can preferably opt for stronger treatments. I really like the Kérastase Masque UV Défense Active cream and the Bed Head moisturizer called Dumb Blonde which saved my hair more than once. Dissolve it in a little bowl with water, just like we did with the shampoo, and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, if you can, after rinsing the shampoo. Rinse the hair thoroughly afterwards (just like it’s written on the back of the product – I love reading shampoo and conditioner instructions during the shower…hahaha). It is also a good move to apply a leave in product that simultaneously protects the hair from the heat of the dryer or the curling iron and moisturizes it. My favorite one, also from Kérastase, is called Nectar Thermique.
Kérastase Masque UV Défense Active
Bed Head – Dumb Blonde
Kérastase Nectar Thermique Leave In
What are your favorite summertime products? Was this post helpful? Leave tips, questions and suggestions; I would love to hear and learn from you!
PS: If you got here congratulations and I’m sorry for such a long post, but I would like to make just one little final consideration, I promise it’s the last thing today hahaha: I know it is difficult being used to wearing make up everyday, as most of us are, to go to the beach and show our naked faces using nothing but sunscreen, above all if you suffer from skin problems such as acne… For this reason on my next post I will show you tips for applying a very very VERY light hahah and imperceptible makeup you can wear to feel good, pretty and above all protected from the sun when at the beach. It can also be worn daily specially during the summer. I will include concealing advice, product suggestions and lip and eye sun protection tips…! This is the result of this first makeup tutorial for BEACH MAKEUP:
Stay tuned! Talk to you again soon!