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How to Maintain Your Beauty Look at the Beach

Beauty and the Beach: Keep Your Faux Tan (and Hair and Lashes) Looking Hot

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Hanging out at the beach or by the pool feels relaxing, but it can be harsh on your beauty treatments. From spray tans to lash extensions, here's how to keep your faux features gorgeous all summer long. See all the amazing beauty tips when you keep reading.

You're bleached-blonde. Hair that looks like gold can turn to straw once the sun and chlorine do their dirty work. (Bleached strands are more susceptible to environmental dryness and damage.) If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, colorist Aura Friedman suggests prepping hair with a leave-in conditioner to keep it from fading or turning green. Before hopping into the pool, wet your strands with fresh water and apply conditioner from roots to tips, she says. This will keep hair from absorbing as much chlorine.

You have extensions. The bonds that keep hair extensions in will hold fast in the water—"It's the tangling and matting that turns them into a mess," says hairstylist Matt Fugate of the Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City. Before you go swimming, gather your hair in a low ponytail or loose braid. "This keeps strands from floating around and getting knotted together," Fugate explains. Then make sure to carefully detangle afterwards with a wide-tooth comb.


You have lash extensions. These are "pretty much maintenance free, unless you're going to be doing some serious swimming," says Courtney Akai, owner of Courtney Akai Lash Boutique in New York City. If that's the case, be sure to wear goggles so the force of the water won't loosen lash extensions as you do laps. Also, ask your stylist if the glue she uses will hold up to oil-based products; if not, choose sunscreens that come in a creams or lotion (not a spray) so you can be sure to avoid the lashlines when applying.

You have a spray tan. Faux tans are a safe way to get some color, but you have to take special care so they don't fade. "Before and after you go swimming, apply a hydrating SPF product," says tanning expert Sophie Evans. "This will help prolong your self tan and prevent you from burning at the same time." To keep your color from coming off on your towel, gently pat skin dry—don't rub.

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