With sun-kissed skin, salty hair, and the taste of the ocean still on your tongue, you and your crew pile into the car. Windows down, tunes up, the drive home from a day spent on the beach is nothing short of magical.
What is it about spending a few hours submerged in a land of sand and sea that can just make you feel on top of the world? Surprisingly, treating yourself to a day on the beach bears striking similarities to treating yourself to a day at the spa. Here are six spa-like benefits you may not even realize you’re getting from the beach!
Deep exfoliation. Sand is a natural exfoliator – and an incredibly good one at that. To give yourself a treatment, sit by the water’s edge and gently rub some wet sand onto your arms and legs in small, circular motions. Then, rinse off by taking a dip in the ocean! As a bonus, saltwater contains magnesium, which helps your skin retain moisture, leaving it feeling even softer and smoother than ever!
Natural highlights. A day spent under the sun will highlight your hair in all the right places — no harsh dyes needed. For more noticeable highlights, you can even bring along a bottle of natural hair lightening spray – our fave!
Clear skin. I always find that a day on the beach leaves my face looking clearer than ever. The combination of sun and saltwater can help kill acne-causing bacteria and draw out excess oil from your skin, helping to shrink blemishes quite quickly. If you have naturally dry skin, though, be sure to moisturize your skin throughout the day, as yours may become more aggravated by the sun and sea.
Beachy waves. Forget looking to the salon for those just-emerged-from-the-ocean waves. This, my friends, is the real deal. The natural salt in seawater has the magical ability to add beautiful texture and volume to your locks. To avoid dryness, just prep your hair beforehand with a natural deep moisturizer like coconut oil!
A healthy glow. There’s no need to spend time under artificial UV light or smother your skin with chemical-filled sunless tanners. The real sun is where it’s at. As long as you protect your skin with a natural sunblock, I personally support that little group of freckles that appears around your nose, or that gorgeous hue of bronze that graces your shoulders after a day spent in the sun.
Positive vibes. A day on the beach will surely bring you tons of happiness and peace of mind. In addition to the feelings of freedom and joy that you’d naturally expect to come with a day of leisure, there’s scientific reasoning behind these good vibes. Sunlight produces serotonin in the brain, leaving you with feelings of happiness and well-being, while saltwater helps reduce inflammation of muscles and joints, allowing you to feel totally at ease.
Summertime is oh so close. This year, treat yourself to a day at that outdoor spa formerly known as the beach. You deserve it.