Beauty Q&A: Is It Okay to Wear Makeup at the Beach?

Wearing makeup the beach is okay

Are you wondering if it’s okay to wear makeup at the beach? We answer your question.

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Dear Bondi Beauty,
Is wearing makeup to the beach wrong? If it is okay, what are the best products to wear that will last all day?
Steph, Cronulla

There is nothing wrong with wearing makeup to the beach, it is a very personal preference and if it makes you feel more comfortable then more power to you. It is important when wearing makeup to the beach that you are still wearing SPF (no we don’t mean the SPF that is in your foundation – but a separate sunscreen under your foundation) and you are taking your makeup off when you are home.  

Waterproof makeup is a game-changer but it is important that you are taking it off before bed because it is far harder to remove than regular makeup and has negative effects on your skin if you leave it on overnight. A waterproof mascara is the best when it comes to waterproof makeup Essence Maximum Definition Waterproof Volume Mascara gives your lashes that voluptuous look lasting all day and night long 

If you’re not planning to get into the water you may not need waterproof makeup. You can just put on your makeup normally and follow it by using a heavy-duty setting spray. The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray will hold your makeup in place no matter if the sun is blaring down on you, it’s not going to budge. 

Dear Bondi Beauty,
How can I protect my hair from the sun to stop it from burning? Are there any good after sun/surf hair care products to use?
Clair, Avalon

Hair is also susceptible to the sun’s UV rays and it can damage your hair. It is important to protect your hair from UV rays as well as using products that nourish your hair after the sun. The sun essentially breaks down the hair protein leading to hair that is more prone to breakage and frizz and for those with lighter coloured hair and leaves it looking discoloured.

Related Article: Damaged Hair? Here Are Solutions – From Just $17.99

Aveda After-Sun Hair Masque  is the perfect after-sun treatment to heal and repair damaged by the sun. This product is filled with coconut oil which provides moisture into hair creating a protective layer around each hair strand. 

If you are looking for something to protect your hair before you go into the sun Sachajuan Hair in the Sun Treatment  is the way to go. Not only will this cream nourish and moisturise your hair it will also protect your hair from UV due to its UV filter.

Our Favourite Beauty Product of the Week:

Lux Aestiva Aphrodite Hair Oil RRP $52

Not just reserved for dry and frizzy hair, this oil will give your hair increased smoothness, and hydration.

A real hair saviour for summer, whether you are in the air conditioner all day, or soaking up the sun all day.

The oil is a beautiful blend of Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Pomegranate Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Ylang Ylang – phew! That’s a lot of oils.

Though it is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant due to the essential oil component. And of course if you do have a nut allergy, be mindful of the Almond Oil.

This oil provides a unique hydration as it repairs and strengthens any hair type, for healthier, shinier and stronger hair. It will also protect from the heal, seal in moisture and encourage oil. I mean, is there anything this hair oil can’t do?

To use, you simply apply a light coating to your hair and leave in for around 15 to 20 minutes, before shampooing twice and then conditioning. Or for a deeper treatment, you can also apply to your hair, wrap up in a bun and let it sit overnight whilst you sleep. Remembering to wash out the next morning.

Kenzie Sinclair

Kenzie is a total fanatic when it comes to anything beauty, fashion or travel. When she is not writing you can find her doing reformer pilates, swimming at Sydney's best beaches or even cooking up a storm in the kitchen. She loves exploring new places whether it's a new waterhole in Sydney or an island on the other side of the world (we can't blame her)!

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