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Hair And Skincare Essentials To Take From The Beach To The Bar

Ocean water has often been touted as the cure-all for your skin and hair needs, so as summer arrives, it may be tempting to add regular time at the beach to your beauty regimen. 

However, a long day at the beach can actually leave your skin dry and your hair unruly. Ocean water can be hydrating, but only if you plan on swimming or relaxing in it for a brief period of time. The effects of saltwater and the coarse sand - though some swear by their beneficial, exfoliating effects! - can quickly go from mild scrubbing to uncomfortable and damaging irritation. 

Proper cleansing and care are vital to keeping your skin and hair healthy after a day of fun and relaxation on the beach with your friends and family. 

While it may be ugly and unpleasant to think about, it’s also important to consider that the purifying and calming effects that a short splash-around in the ocean could have may be potentially cancelled out by the harmful man-made contaminants that have found their way into and mingled with our beach water. 

So, if you’re not too keen on watching the clock like a hawk during your beach trip, other measures to protect and nourish your skin are necessary. Make sure to pack your beach bag with items that'll help you stay protected and fresh for any after-beach plans. 

1. Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist  

This cruelty-free, vegan mist is a must-have for your beach bag, keeping you feeling and looking refreshed all day long. 

A quick spray of this mist is a pleasant way to cool off during a hot and humid day while hydrating your skin with beneficial and protective ingredients. The cooling, calming and moisturising ingredients will help soothe any dryness or irritation after a long ocean swim or an afternoon full of family beach activities. The Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist helps prevent and repair dry, dehydrated and dull skin and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it the ideal skin product to bring along before spending a long, sunny day on the beach working on a tan. 

It is chock-full of vitamin E, which is known for healing and repairing skin, vitamin C, which famously helps brighten skin for a youthful and glowing look, and a peptide formula that stimulates the natural collagen in your skin to improve elasticity and firmness. The antioxidant shield, which also contains white tea and liquorice, protects your skin from abrasive bacteria and free radicals in ocean water. 

Of course, you should never, ever forget to (liberally) apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to any and all parts of your skin which may be exposed to the often harsh sun we experience down under. 

Even if you’ve sorted out your plan to protect and rejuvenate your skin during your beach time, and you’ve furnished your beach bag with the essentials, you still have to think about your hair. Spending an enjoyable day swimming in the ocean can leave you with dry, weakened and frazzled hair, especially if you like to take a dip quite often. Many professionals recommend dousing your hair with fresh water as soon as you can after a beach swim, to minimise the gradual damage that saltwater does to your locks. 

If you want to go to a bar for an end-of-day cocktail or sit down at a local restaurant for a bite to eat with your friends, partner or family after your day in the water and on the sand, you’ll want to equip yourself with premium haircare to ensure you look fresh and feel confident. Fortunately, there are many hair care products tailored to this specific situation. 

2. Cloud Nine Texture Comb 

For safely detangling your post-swim hair, wide-toothed combs are one of the best tools available. The Cloud Nine Texture Comb is perfect for defeating post-swim tangles while adding volume and softening the texture of your hair, for an all-natural, effortless summer hairstyle. 

Once your hair is flowing and you’re ready to hit the bar, simply tuck the gorgeous tortoise-shell Cloud Nine Texture Comb away in its convenient, draw-string velveteen travel pouch, ideal for keeping the comb and your hair safe from sneaky sand. 

3. Goldwell Kerasilk Control Shampoo 

If you just can’t stay out of the water, or if the summer humidity is getting to your hair, and you've noticed that your hair is more frayed and dull than it used to be, finding an effective, moisturising shampoo and conditioner combo is imperative. The Goldwell Kerasilk Control Shampoo is a great place to start.

This shampoo is made with keratin and liquid silk and is specially formulated to transform an unmanageable, frizzy and wiry head of hair into soft and smooth strands, while gently and thoroughly cleansing them of contaminants, including any dragged up from the sea. 

The Goldwell Kerasilk Control Conditioner teams up with the shampoo to completely eradicate frizz and luxuriously smooth out and soften every strand of hair. 

4. L’Oréal Metal Detox Mask 

If you colour your hair, ocean water can be even more detrimental to your strands. Stopping your vibrant, and usually expensive, hair colour from washing out during showers and baths can be difficult enough already, so adding saltwater which can strip out and alter your hair colour can seem an impossible challenge to sidestep or overcome. 

The L’Oréal Metal Detox Mask could be the answer to your problem, as the mask repairs, moisturises and hydrates your hair to leave it soft and smooth, while actively preserving both your hair colour and the strength and shine of your tresses. It does so by negating the damaging effects of metal particles that come into contact with your scalp and hair. 

5. O&M Surf Bomb Texture Spray 

While the 'effortlessly tousled' hair look is all the rage at the moment, plenty of us aren’t too fond of all the hassle that comes with actually swimming at the beach to obtain this style. 

You may not live close to a beach, or perhaps you prefer to avoid the potential harm that hours in the sun, oceanside wind and saltwater can do to your skin and hair. Either way, to achieve that in-demand ‘beachy’ hairstyle without actually coming into contact with a beach, a good-quality texture spray is all you need. 

The O&M Surf Bomb Mini Texture Spray is a volumising and thickening texture spray that boasts a high hold that will keep your hair artfully messy and cute. As an added bonus, this hair spray doesn’t have the same drying-out, weakening effects that seawater can have, and it's much more convenient - simply keep it in your purse and spritz away when you feel like a new 'do or need a touch-up. 

The O&M Surf Bomb Mini Texture Spray is also vegan, cruelty-free, Australian-made and is available in a full-size 150ml bottle or a travel size 50ml bottle. 

You can find all of these beach bag essentials on Oz Hair & Beauty, so get shopping today.