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How to take care of your skin after a swim in the sea?

Despite its numerous benefits for the skin, sea water, when not rinsed off, can cause skin discomforts: itching, risk of infection, dryness... In this article, find our advice on how to enjoy the virtues of sea water without damaging your skin.

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Published February 16, 2024, by Sandrine, Scientific Editor — 8 min read
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The skin after a swim in the sea.

Sea water possesses numerous benefits for the skin. However, if you do not rinse your skin after a sea bath, it can become dry and exhibit symptoms of itching and tightness.

Furthermore, a study on the link between sea bathing and skin microbiota has proven that exposure to seawater eliminates the skin's protective bacteria, thereby increasing the risk of skin infection. Indeed, these bacteria play a crucial role in protecting the skin from pathogens. Moreover, this risk is even greater as seawater is likely to deposit potentially pathogenic bacteria on the skin. The study has shown that pathogenic bacteria remain on the skin for at least 24 hours after swimming.

Taking care of your skin after a swim in the sea.

Therefore, in order to enjoy the benefits of seawater without the inconveniences it can cause for your skin, it is essential to follow these good practices:

  • Cleaning one's skin:

    When you have finished bathing, immediately rinse your body's skin with clear water to remove salt and sand from your skin. Then use a pH-neutral shower gel or a shower oil that will be gentler on your skin. With 2.5% of vitamin E (INCI: "Tocopherol") and F (INCI: Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid") as well as squalane and bitter almond extract, our lipid-replenishing shower oil deeply nourishes the skin and reduces feelings of tightness, while cleaning it thanks to the gentle, biodegradable, and naturally derived surfactants present in the formula.

    For your facial skin, choose the moisturizing cleansing milk. It contains hyaluronic acid and coconut oil, which are hydrating and nourishing active ingredients. It is also composed of chamomile extract, known for its calming virtues. Thus, it restores the hydrolipidic barrier and soothes irritations.

  • Exfoliating the skin :

    The accumulation of salt, sand, and sunscreen clogs the pores of the skin leading to the formation of imperfections. We recommend exfoliating your skin 1 to 2 times per week. For the body, use our nourishing body scrub which mechanically exfoliates the skin due to the presence of apricot kernel grains. The sweet almond oil nourishes the skin and strengthens the skin barrier. It also contains super lavandin essential oil which has interesting anti-inflammatory properties against pathogenic bacteria present in seawater.

    For the face, our peeling mask digs deep into the pores, renews the skin, and brightens the complexion through a triple exfoliation: chemical (PHA), mechanical (cranberry powder), and enzymatic (mulberry acid, blackcurrant and raspberry).

  • Hydration:

    On clean and dryskin, apply moisturizing cream all over your body to restore the hydrolipidic barrier that was damaged during bathing. Our body nourishing cream contains 10% of squalane, which, with a structure similar to sebum, provides lipids to combat skin dryness and restore the hydrolipidic film that can thus play its main role: prevent the water present in the body from evaporating. It is also composed of shea butter which has nourishing and soothing properties, as well asplum oil known for its softening, nourishing, and antioxidant virtues.

    We also offer amoisturizing body cream with 10 ingredients. Its minimalist formula hydrates and nourishes all skin types, even the most sensitive, thanks to thecoconut oilandvegetable glycerin. Don't forget to also hydrate your facial skin! Ournourishing face creamenriched with moisturizing and lipid-replenishing active ingredients (hyaluronic acid,shea butter, squalane,plum oil) restores skin suppleness and reduces feelings of tightness.

    Bonus : 1 to 2 times a week, we recommend you to perform a hydrating mask to provide all the necessary elements for the proper functioning of your skin. Our hydrating mask increases skin hydration. It contains tremella extract, which holds a natural hyaluronic acid of low molecular weight, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the skin. Rich in polysaccharides and fatty acids, the tremella extract forms a microscopic film on the skin's surface and improves the impermeability of the skin barrier. It also consists of aloe vera gel, which hydrates and soothes the skin.

Source:

  • JIANG S. C. & al. Alterations in the human skin microbiome after ocean water exposure. Marine Pollution Bulletin (2019).

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