If you’ve been in Southern California lately, you’ve probably done anything and everything to cool off and get to the beach- its been over 90 degrees here! But did you know your seaside escape has countless health benefits too?
Sand is nature’s perfect exfoliant. Simply take a walk on the beach and the soles of your feet will feel soft. Gently rub sand on your arms, legs and feet to exfoliate your skin and take a break from the chemicals commonly found at the drugstore. Its recommended to exfoliate twice a week to remove dead skin to allow your pores to breathe and avoid breakouts. Don’t forget to moisturize when you get home.
Have you ever noticed your muscles seem sore after a long walk or run on the beach? Its because the sands is inconsistent and constantly changing your muscles are working harder to get the traction they need. Burn up to 50% more calories walking on the beach and tone up your legs too.
Did you know our bodies are made up of 2/3 salt water? So it seem only natural the ocean contains remedies to help our body. The components of salt water can produce antibodies that can help promote a healthy immune system. Salt water is also a miracle cleansing agent. Sodium chloride (found in salt water) helps clear the skin and acne. Salt water is also great for healing cuts and sore. It may sting at first but it will be less painful once your get out of the water.
If you’re fighting a Spring cold, jump in the water. The salt water can help filter out the built up mucus in your nasal passage. Warning- when the salt water goes in, mucus will come out.
Greasy hair? Dandruff? Jump in nature’s “shower.” The salt water will cleanse the unwanted oils in your hair. It also will get rid of the chemical build up from hair products that can weigh your hair down, leaving you with natural volume. Salt water can even exfoliate your scalp, eliminating dandruff. Over-exposure to salt water can leave you hair feeling dry. Try a post beach hair mask of buttermilk and honey- work into hair and leave in for 10 minutes then rinse.
Cool off and burn calories by going for a swim. Swimming is a great way to get a full body workout. Use in thalassotherapy, or seawater therapy, swimming in salt water can increase your circulation. Also, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that swimming for about half an hour can help you reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.
So grab your bikini (the LoveSurf Trestles Bikini is perfect) and hit nature’s health spa.