The summer heat in South Florida is no joke. Whether you tan like goddess or burn like Taylor Swift coming off of Kim Kardashian’s incendiary Snapchat story, protecting your skin and hair is essential throughout the summertime. We chatted up Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Fontainebleau’s Lapis Spa, to learn the best tips for staying healthy and beautiful under the sun.
Apply Damage Control to Your Lovely Locks
Feria swears by SPF—and it’s not just for skin. An easy protection tip while at the pool and beach is to put a few drops of sunscreen into your hands and apply it to your hair. “The UV protective properties of the sunscreen will protect from sun damage and help protect color treated hair,” Feria says.
Avoid an Unwanted Color Change
If you’re a blond, you know all too well that your golden mane can quickly shift to a vile green with chlorine. Rather than unwillingly joining a punk garage band with your new look, you can fight the chlorine discoloration with a few simple steps. Feria recommends a creative concoction to fight the “blues” and “greens” of hair care. The solution? Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar into two cups of water and rinse into your flowing locks. Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly and conditioning.
We hate to break it to you, but chlorinated pools and increased sun exposure can suck your hair dry. Feria has an intoxicating solution—beer. We know it sounds a little crazy, but stick with us for a moment. She recommends leaving a can or bottle of your favorite (or not, because why waste the good stuff?) ale open until it becomes flat. Beat one whole egg into the beer and pour the mixture onto your hair. After lathering, sit with the beer-egg mixture soaking your hair for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly—voila! Believe it or not, your hair will be left radiantly shining and good as new.
Nurture Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen is a given, but in the instance that you burn Feria suggests taking an aspirin to prevent inflammation and then applying a cool, moist towel holding ice to the burnt skin for five-minute intervals. Put in a little extra effort by applying apple cider vinegar diluted with water to the affected area—this helps draw out the heat from the affected area. “During the next few days, be sure to heavily moisturize the area to prevent peeling and skin damage,” Feria continues. The skincare savvy expert also swears by oatmeal. “Sunburned skin responds well to oatmeal’s soothing properties. Fill you bathtub with cool water and add one to two cups of oatmeal for a cooling and curative effect.”
Let’s be honest, summer in Florida stretches far past August. It’s safe to say beer, oatmeal and eggs should be a permanent addition to your pantry. At the end of the day, a Budlight shower is the small price we pay for living in the most beautiful city in the country.