There’s no doubt that hanging out at the beach is the ideal way to spend a summer weekend.
Snorkelling, swimming, walking in the sand or even just sunbathing, you’re sure to have a chill and fun day beachside (so long as you’re slathered in SPF).
And while very few of us need an excuse to set aside the time for beaching during the weekend — there are a few benefits that might just convince you that the beach really is the best.
Aside from the opportunity to kick back and relax after a long work week, did you know there are also beauty benefits of spending your weekends seaside? It sounds almost too good to be true, but we’ve compiled a list of how the beach benefits everything from your skin to your hair.
Saltwater Adds Texture to Hair
The easiest way to achieve “beach waves” is a dip in the ocean. Obviously. The presence of salt works as a texturiser so your hair dries in sculptured waves. This is the easiest hairstyle you can master, as it requires only one step: A swim in the ocean.
Sand Can Exfoliate Skin, Especially on Feet
Walking on the beach is not only a great way to clear your mind, but it’s also great for your skin. When you walk on the beach, the sand can act as an exfoliator, scrubbing dead skin off the often-rough bottoms of your feet. According to Live Healthy, sand is a natural exfoliant which results in “softer, more supple, more attractive skin on the heels and balls of your feet” after a beach stroll.
Less Stress = Less Breakouts
Spending a day at the beach is a soothing activity, and this can have a big effect on your skin as well as your mood. Stress is a common factor leading to breakouts, so spending some time swimming might be your new favourite anti-acne practice. Again, don’t forget the SPF. WebMD states that when you’re stressed, “more oil is produced to clog the hair follicles to allow more acne to form.”
Sea Water Can Improve Skin Conditions
Because sea water is jam-packed full of minerals including magnesium, iron and zinc, it is the perfect potion for soaking your irritated skin. Because these minerals are anti-inflammatory, they are able to help restore and repair even the most fickle skin. Woman and Home confirm: “Soaking in seawater is nature’s skin treatment – it’s great for sensitive or eczema-prone skin.” Next chance you have to jump in the water, go for it. Your skin will thank you.