Making the most out of natural beauty treatments at sea
Last updated: 04/08/2016
When at sea for long periods of time, the environmental conditions can take its toll on your hair and skin. The salty seawater acts as a leach that draws all moisture out of your hair and skin, making both dry and damaged.
Hair and beauty care should be a part of both a man and woman’s daily routine, as Bertrand from Bertrand Poncet Massages explained, “Skincare comes in many different phases, including the removal of makeup with cleansing milk, lotions and scrubs, a soft massage of the temples with musk role oil and protecting the skin with a serum, particularly around sensitive areas like around the eyes, lips and cheeks.”
Read on for top tips on making the most of out of the treatments and ingredients available when living at sea.
Algae & Seaweed
In recent years, the use of seaweed and algae in hair and beauty products has increased dramatically.
Marine plants are known to very good for the skin. In fact, some seaweeds and marine algae are well known for being rich in vitamins, particularly A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B12, C, D, E and K. Others moisturise and promote the strengthening of skin tissue, particularly elastin and collagen, as well as create a balancing moisture barrier in skin cells so that the tissues remain hydrated.
The main algae’s found in hair and beauty products include:
- Bladderwrack: Its benefits include the strengthening of elastin skin tissues, helping to provide firm, smooth skin.
- Horsetail kelp: A brown seaweed which proves a great source of alginic acid, brightens the skin and provides protection against ultraviolet radiation.
- Rockweed: Is a brown marine algae, also known as Norwegian kelp or knotted wrack, a source of alginic acid.
- Ulva lactuca: An edible seaweed found at the low tide line of beaches in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Moisturises and improves elastin health.
The most obvious benefit of sand is its natural capability of becoming a great exfoliator. Walking on the beach is not only calming, but is great for the soles of the feet after a long day.
For those prone to dry skin, too much sand can actually dry or irritate the skin. Therefore, gentle exfoliating once or twice a week is a good place to start. Ensure that this is followed with a generous amount of hydrating moisturiser cream to replenish any lost moisture.
Salt has several skin benefits, from healing to acting as an exfoliator. Sea salt in the bath has a very soothing and relaxing effect on the skin by removing all dirt and toxins from the body.
These health and beauty benefits include:
- Healing Properties: It’s well known that sea salt has great healing properties and can help to relieve dry and itchy skin. Salt water helps to open up the pores, improving circulation and hydrating the tissues. As well as this, it makes skin feel softer, supple and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and cellulites.
- Acne: Sea salt is often used in soaps, masks, toners and cleansers to treat acne. The sulphur helps to synthesize oxygen whereas potassium maintains the water balance for cell metabolism, thus enabling the absorption of nourishment to get rid of impurities.
- Exfoliator: Similar to sand, the texture of salt will help to lift away any dead cells on the body. Mix salt with olive oil to create a healthy and natural face exfoliator.
- Puffy eyes: After a late night, pads soaked in a solution of one teaspoon of salt water to hot water can help to reduce puffy eyes.
- Treatment of dandruff: Salt in general, is considered bad for the hair, however, salt can loosen dandruff as well as enable better penetration of scalp treatment.
- Stop sweating of the scalp: Salt spray will soak up any oils in the hair throughout the day, helping reduce the look of greasy hair.
- Adds volume: When mixing equal amounts of Epsom salts and conditioner apply it onto the roots of the hair. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off. This will help to add volume, whilst controlling the excess build-up of oil.
It may sound strange to submerge yourself in a tub full of warm dirt and water, but mud baths have several health and beauty benefits. For thousands of years people all over the world have been bathing in mud and the natural hot springs, so why not bring that experience closer to home?
Some benefits of mud therapy include:
- Muscle relaxation, improving blood circulation
- Helps relieve conditions of inflammation and swelling
- Is a great hair conditioner
Hair and beauty at home or on the yacht
What’s better than having the salon experience in your home or on board your yacht?
Bertrand from Bertrand Poncet Massages said, “By having hair and beauty treatments at home, you can skip the queues that may be found in salons. We offer services that run outside of real opening hours (8AM to 11PM), seven days a week.”
“Perks for the client include, no loss of time, no stress and an adapted response to their demand. Expressing one’s art and providing high quality service to demanding and “connoisseur” clients is a passion and is extremely gratifying.”