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Pre & post skincare routine ror the beach

Before you soak up the sun, it’s crucial to give your skin the TLC it deserves. We've gathered expert advice on prepping your skin before, during, and after a beach day. Now, all you need to focus on is picking out the perfect swimsuit and cover-up.

In This Article:

Before You Hit The Sand

With the right skincare routine, you can protect it against sun damage, lock in moisture, and maintain a healthy glow that lasts long after the sand between your toes is gone. Here’s a breakdown of how to prep your skin especially before and after your beach day!

Before You Hit The Sand:

1. Prep Your Skin A Night Before

Skincare does not begin in the morning but at night, a day before you hit the beach. Use serums that seal in moisture and hydrate your skin. This will further help strengthen your skin barrier. The best serum for your face would be Knight Serum with 0.3% Retinol + Squalane + Hyaluronic Acid from Acne Squad. The supercharged ingredients in this one can work wonders overnight for your skin.

2. Don’t Use Exfoliator

Before heading to the beach, make sure you don’t exfoliate your skin as it can become more susceptible to sunburn.

3. Yes, Sunscreen

The cornerstone of any beach skincare routine is sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or SPF 50 sunscreen, and generously apply it to all exposed areas of your skin. Don't forget commonly missed spots like your ears, neck, and the tops of your feet. Sunscreen acts as a shield against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Do so with our Vitamin C & Pro-Ceramides Fluid Body Lotion SPF 50 PA++++. This body sunscreen lotion has a non-sticky formula that’s just perfect for your beach day out.

It’s power-packed with Vitamin C & E that help combat pollution, skin damage and free radicals. When you use this sunscreen, you also discard any signs of environmental triggers. This enhances sunscreen’s efficacy.

During Beach Time:

1. Sunscreen For Face

Yes, you need two sunscreens - one for your face and the other one for your body. While using sunscreen it is often possible to ignore specific areas however, make sure your entire face is receiving enough SPF. If you have dry skin texture, opt for our sunscreen for dry skin - Hyaluronic Acid & Pro-Ceramides Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA +++.

This sunscreen keeps your skin hydrated, protected and moisturised during beach hours. Moreover, this gel based sunscreen has a dewy finish, which is water-resistant and does not leave a white cast. This is your best sunscreen for a day out.

2. Reapplication

One of the most critical steps in maintaining sun protection during a beach day is reapplication of sunscreen. While it's vital to apply sunscreen before hitting the sand, it's equally important to reapply it regularly throughout the day. Sunscreen can rub off, wash away with sweat or water, and become less effective over time, especially if you're swimming or participating in water sports. Aim to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you're sweating heavily or spending extended periods in the water.

3. Seek Shade

While soaking up the sun is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a beach day, it's essential to balance sun exposure with periods of shade. Take regular breaks from the sun by seeking shelter under an umbrella, beach tent, or shady tree. Limiting your sun exposure not only reduces the risk of sunburn but also helps prevent long-term damage to your skin

4. Stay Covered

In addition to sunscreen, another thing to keep in mind when it comes to sun safety is protective clothing. Wear lightweight, cotton outfits and cover the skin as much as possible to avoid any tanning or sunburn. These items provide an extra layer of defense against UV radiation, helping to shield your skin from sunburn and other sun-related damage. Moreover, UV-blocking sunglasses will also come in handy.

Post-Sun Care Solution

1. Cleanse Gently

Once you've returned from the beach, it's essential to cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove sunscreen, salt, sand, and sweat. Opt for a gentle cleanser that will effectively remove impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Use our Daily De-tan Cleanser with Niacinamide & Vitamin C. This face wash helps with tanning and pigmentation concerns. It is packed with skin-loving ingredients that take care of your tan within 7 days of usage whilst also working on dark spots. The formula removes skin debris and gives a natural glow.

2. Hydrate And Soothe

After cleansing, replenish your skin's moisture with a hydrating and soothing moisturiser like our Soothing After-Sun Gel Crème with Allantoin. This one works on inflammation and hydrates sun-stressed skin. Moreover, this can work as a moisturiser as well. The Calming Complex works rapidly on redness. Applying a moisturiser after sun exposure can help restore your skin's natural barrier and promote healing, reducing the risk of peeling and prolonging your tan.

3. Cool Off 

If your skin feels hot or irritated after a day in the sun, cool it down with a refreshing mist or compress. Keep a bottle of thermal spring water or aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and spritz or apply it to your skin as needed. The cool sensation will help soothe sunburn and reduce redness, providing instant relief and comfort.

4. Protect Overnight

Before bed, apply a nourishing night cream or moisturiser to your skin to help repair and regenerate overnight. Look for products containing ingredients like antioxidants, vitamins, and peptides, which can help combat free radical damage and support skin renewal. Applying a rich moisturiser before bed will lock in hydration and promote cell turnover, ensuring your skin looks and feels its best come morning.


UV-Squad sunscreens are In-Vivo tested, which means evaluations done on real human skin and conditions for example sweat, water and other factors which test the sunscreen’s efficacy. The Patented Pro Ceramides tech plays a vital role in working on healthy skin barrier, whilst preserving and restoring it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 Does Vitamin C prevent sun damage?

A: Yes, vitamin C can help prevent and reduce sun damage to some extent. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralises free radicals caused by UV exposure, thus reducing oxidative stress on the skin. It can also help brighten the skin and fade hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. However, it's essential to note that Vitamin C should not be used as a replacement for sunscreen. While it can enhance your skin's defence against sun damage, it's still crucial to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an adequate SPF before sun exposure for maximum protection.

Q:2 Should I do my skincare before or after the beach?

A: It's best to complete your skincare routine before heading to the beach, focusing on cleansing, moisturising, and applying sunscreen. Start by cleansing your skin to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup, followed by moisturising to hydrate and protect your skin's barrier. Finish off with sunscreen, applying it generously to all exposed areas of your skin. Reapplication of sunscreen throughout the day is crucial. After returning from the beach, cleanse your skin again to remove sunscreen, salt, and sand, and follow up with moisturiser to hydrate and soothe sun-stressed skin.

Written by Needhi Dhoker on Feb 22, 2024
Fashion & beauty fanatic. Tea or coffee dilemmas. John Mayer vibes. Spilling words and swooning over skincare.

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