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Skin Care Tips for Your Caribbean Vacation

In the middle of a cold and snowy winter, just thinking about sunny summer days can be rejuvenating. Traveling to Grand Case is, of course, even better. But take care of your skin…

The azure skies and impossibly blue waters of Petite Plage provide a powerful boost to body and soul. Your visit to Grand Case Beach is like a week-long, massive dose of light therapy and Vitamin D supplements.

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The challenge of course is giving the restorative sun the respect it deserves, protecting your skin.

Without a little protection UV rays can damage the collagen that provides your skin with elasticity and keeps it looking smooth.

We have asked one fair-skinned friend, Masae Okabayashi of Canada, about how she cares for her skin.

How to Take Care of Your Skin On the Beach

Okabayashi traveled to St. Martin earlier this fall with her family for a much-needed break. Originally from Japan, Okabayashi now resides in Canada. When she found she was allergic to most over-the-counter sunscreens, she decided to make her own.

“I learned a lot about the wholesale supply chain in Canada,” she laughs.

Okabayashi follows 5 rules to prolong the life of her skin, which include:

  1. Cover up, and consider wearing a light cotton cardigan to the beach

  2. Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30

  3. Understand that sunscreen will dry out and damage your skin, so be sure remove as quickly as possible.

  4. Be gentle on your skin when removing cosmetics

  5. Get plenty of “beauty sleep” by going to bed earlier in the evening.

But her day-to-day activities go far beyond these five steps.

Protect Your Skin Using Pre-Foundation

“I use cosmetics to protect myself from the sun. So, I use a pre-foundation from DHC. I bought it in Japan, but you can buy it Canada,” says Masae Okabayashi. “It’s cheap but is also very high quality. This pre-foundation serves as a sunscreen.”

Okabayashi traveled to St. Martin earlier this winter with her family for a much-needed break. Originally from Japan, Okabayashi now resides in Canada.

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“Believe it or not, sunlight is far more fierce in Canada than in Japan or the Caribbean,” says Okabayashi. “There is a higher UV index in Canada so I take great care going out into the sun at any time of the year.”

After applying pre-foundation she then applies foundation (DHC or Shiseido); after Okabayashi applies a “UV block” powder as a third layer.

“I wear a cardigan when I’m on the beach… I don’t like to overdo it.”

“On the back of my neck and my hands I use regular sunscreen,” she says. “Whether I’m on a Caribbean beach or back home I just stay out in the sun for a little while. After that I wear a cardigan when I’m on the beach… I don’t like to overdo it.”

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Okabayashi says she uses a high SPF (50) when she goes to the beach.

“The higher the SPF, the harder it is on your skin.”

“If it’s just for going shopping I use an SPF of about SPF 30,” she says.

“The higher the SPF, the harder it is on your skin,” she says. “Of course, if I’m out for longer than two hours the sunblock will have worn out. So I always bring a sunblock spray with me. It’s something that I can apply over my foundation and so on.”

I use Biore “UV Perfect Spray” that I brought with me from Japan. You can even use it on your hair.

Skin Care Continues to Diligently Removing Sunscreen

Okabayashi says she takes special care removing sunscreen.

“The first thing I do when I return home, and if I’m not going to go outside again is that I always make sure to wash my face,” she says. “I try not leave makeup on too long after I get home.”

This is because, while sunscreen is great for protecting your skin, it is also a natural desiccant, meaning it dries out your skin.

Dry skin temporarily loses its elasticity, and over time dry skin will lead to wrinkles.

“I want to hold onto my shiny, smooth skin,” says Okabayashi.

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De-stress with a rejuvenating massage treatment

An assortment of treatment options with warm and friendly practitioners here on St. Martin.

After an active day of sightseeing around St. Martin, let one of our expert therapists help you stretch, un-knot and relax your muscles. Enjoy an incredible view of sugary sand contrasted with blue ocean and even bluer sky as you unwind with a massage and a 360 degree view of the Caribbean and the neighboring island of Anguilla! The expert massage practitioners are trained in a number of techniques, any of which will leave you relaxed and energized for the adventures ahead… tonight and tomorrow!

Contact us today to learn more about our massage options, or to reserve your massage during your stay with us