The sun, sea and sand are all reasons that the beach is a must-stop destination in the summer. The glistening water, warming sand and the promise of a few cocktails is the only persuasion needed to lure you to the shore.
But this summer hotspot isn’t all fun in the sun, packing the right skincare and sun protection in your beach bag is just as important as remembering to pack your swimsuit.
The sea is one big sun reflector, and so when you’re at the beach you are more at risk of sunburn and sun damage than anywhere else. But don’t go and run and hide under your multi-coloured umbrella just yet, as not even that will promise your skin complete protection from the harsh rays of the sun.
Beachgoers need to take sun protection seriously. Whether you’re swimming or relaxing, both water and sand will reflect the sun’s rays and put you at risk of burning (a beach look no one wants I’m sure).
But don’t let this reality make you stay by the pool, we’ve compiled a handful of French Pharmacy beach-bag essentials that will ensure you look more beach babe than beach burnt, all with 1/3rd off this month…
The power protection pair
Wanting to have a sun-kissed glow is something many of us can relate to. When we’re abroad we can often get carried away with the desire of returning home looking ‘well’ and forget to protect our skin properly. So, lucky for you we’ve found the perfect happy medium.
The Bioderma Photoderm Bronz Mist SPF50 is an invisible sun mist that will protect skin from sunburn, sun intolerance and premature ageing as well as helping to intensify and prolong your tan (win, win!). And if like me you have no patience for making sure your sun cream is all rubbed in, this transparent formula will be your dream. Water-resistant and suitable for both your face and body, this sun spray will make you beach ready in no-time.
If getting a tan is at the top of your summer to-do list then the Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Tanning Body Lotion will be music to your ears. This body lotion helps your skin to adapt better to the sun, think of it like a sun primer, working to activate the skin’s natural pigmentation process. Your skin will tan quicker naturally whilst minimising burning, resulting in the tanned skin you’ve been longing for all winter.
Although the Body Lotion helps to prep the skin for UV rays it’s important to not mistake it as an SPF, you’ll still need to pair it with a sun protectant to give your skin the best possible protection in the sun.
The sun shield
Burnt noses will be a thing of the past if you add the Darphin Soleil Plasir SPF 50 to your beach bag. This face cream protects against sun damage while deeply restoring hydration and moisture– perfect for the delicate skin on your face.
Often with sun protection it can be the remembering to reapply after swimming or perspiring that causes you to burn, but you definitely won’t forget with this gem. Infused with white flowers, the face cream has a beautiful summer scent that will ensure you’ll be reapplying this smooth cream as often as you can.
The skin soother
We’ve all been there, too many hours spent in the sun and too little time spent thinking about what it’s doing to our skin. Continuing your skincare even after you’re out of the sun is still very important. The effects the sun has had on your skin may not show up right away but it’s still vital to pop on some after sun – you’ll be thankful for it after!
No matter how quickly you tan the sun will zap your skin of vital moisture, so finding an after sun that puts it all back in and more is just what the doctor ordered. The Nuxe Sun Refreshing After Sun Lotion will do just that, soothing and comforting your skin post-sun exposure. Deeply hydrating with the addition of Sunflower Oil and Coconut, this after sun will enhance and prolong your tan and leave your skin ready and waiting for another day at the beach.