Healthy skin and cool waters

27 September 2019

By Sharron Eyers

Living in the Cayman Islands and surrounded by our beautiful waters, it’s only natural for us to be swimming in the ocean and basking on our beautiful beaches, especially in the heat of summer. Or perhaps you’ll be taking a dip in the pool to cool off. Before you dive in, though, you might want to spend some time prepping your skin, too.

Applying sunscreen is a basic beauty step every swimmer and non-swimmer needs to follow. Look for a waterproof sunscreen that won’t wash off in the water and will form a protective barrier on your skin. Spread it at least 15 minutes prior to getting in the ocean or pool; this gives the sunscreen enough time to get absorbed, giving you maximum protection. Reapply sunscreen after being in the water for long periods of time.

It is natural to feel less thirsty when you’re nice and cool in the pool or ocean, but don’t dehydrate yourself, especially during a physical activity like swimming. Carry a bottle of water along to the beach or pool side and keep sipping water every 15 to 20 minutes.

If you swim in a pool, don’t let the chlorine water dry on your skin. As soon as you step out of the pool, take a shower in warm water, thoroughly cleansing your hair and skin. Finish with a last rinse of cold water as this will help close the opened pores on your skin.

Try to exfoliate once or twice a week. Use a gentle scrub to remove built-up dirt and dead skin from your face and body. It will give you smooth and soft skin immediately.

After drying yourself, apply a deep nourishing body moisturiser to retain all the moisture in the skin.

Keep yourself — and your skin — hydrated so that you can enjoy our islands and still maintain a beautiful and healthy look.

Sharron Eyers is the owner of Le Visage, a luxury cosmetics and skincare boutique on the Paseo in Camana Bay.

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times.