You’ve got one foot out the door, sunglasses perched on your head and a tote bag full of beach essentials on your arm. But wait! If you want to be sure you’re protected and truly ready to soak up those rays, keep reading and discover a routine that prepares body and mind for the best beach day ever.
Shower your skin with attention
If you have high hopes for a sun-kissed complexion, it all starts under the shower. Exfoliation is essential—you need to get rid of those dead skin cells to make room for new ones. The Ritual of Karma scrub has been designed for this very purpose. Its combination of holy lotus and organic white tea is not only tan-enhancing, but it also leaves a summery scent on your skin as it cleanses and moisturises it.
The smoothest shave
You want to show off your lovely new swimsuit, not leg hair or unsightly skin irritations from shaving. To treat and hydrate the skin rather than damaging it, use a quality shower oil for the smoothest shave possible. Another option is using one of our iconic foaming shower gels as a basis for shaving, such as The Ritual of Karma foaming shower gel.
Shield yourself before you’re in the sun
We’ve all seen people slathering themselves with sunscreen right after they lay their towel and other accessories in the sand. What they probably don’t realise, however, is that it takes 20 minutes for sunscreen to become fully absorbed, and for it to be optimally effective. Applying it before you’re actually outside is a safe bet.
Curious about more lesser-known suncare facts? Check out our expert article here.
Heads up for haircare
If you don’t look good in a big, floppy sunhat (and trust us, it’s not just you!) a great alternative for keeping your hair and scalp safe is using a hair spray with vitamin E to protect against UV rays. Spritz your hair before you leave the house and you’ll also be preventing it from discolouring in the sun.
Easy, breezy reading
Books and the beach go hand in hand. Reading is one of the best routines for giving your mind a boost and is the perfect activity while you’re lounging in the sun. Need some inspiration for your reading list? Check out this article.
Not a big reader? Bring your earbuds to the beach and check out our list of the happiest podcasts on the web.
Stay happy and hydrated
A day at the beach doesn’t just mean extra care on the outside—you also need to stay healthy on the inside. Make sure you bring a water bottle that you can refill throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated.
A little light eating
Along with getting enough water, you also need to fuel your body properly. If you want to avoid the temptation of the snack bar during your day out, why not start your morning with a delicious and healthy smoothie? After being out in the sun, this red beet and red endive salad makes a perfect dinner, because its ingredients promote healthy skin.
The perfect end to a perfect day
Speaking of hydration, your skin will need some more TLC after being exposed to the sun all day. We suggest using The Ritual of Karma After Sun Hydrating Lotion with gingko biloba extract to calm and soothe the skin. And bonus: just like the scrub, it also contains tan-prolonging properties.
Consider these tips before your next trip to the beach, and you’re certain to have the best time under the sun.