Do you know that feeling of having a rough day - but then you take your first steps onto a sandy beach and breathe in the ocean's fresh, salty air and you automatically feel relieved? Us too. Or remember that feeling you get when you see the ocean after a long journey in the car? You immediately appreciate the magic of the sea. The soothing sound of waves crashing on the shore, the warm feeling of sun, kissing your skin, and the fresh, salty breeze filling your lungs. There's something undeniably special about the ocean. Its wideness, its beauty, and its ability to make us feel more alive than ever.
Many of you know Byron Bay, a beautiful coastal town on Australia's easternmost seaboard. It's our home. Here we are blessed with beautiful beaches and lush countryside - it's a dream spot for anyone looking for peace and calm. It is not only where Byron Bay Skincare was born - but these very surroundings inspire every aspect of our brand - as we seek to effortlessly combine the best of nature to nourish your skin, and unlock your natural beauty.
Apart from the stunning views, beautiful sunsets and relaxed lifestyle, the ocean has a bunch of amazing things that can make us feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. The ocean is the ultimate natural remedy.
Dive a little deeper with us into how the ocean can do wonders for our health and well-being.
1. Mineral-Rich Waters for Health and Skin
Spending time in the ocean can offer a unique and natural way to replenish your body with essential minerals. One of the ocean's greatest gifts to our health is its mineral-rich composition. Seawater contains a variety of vital minerals, such as magnesium, sodium, potassium, and iodine. Research has shown, that these minerals benefit skin health and body functions.
Magnesium, found in seawater, plays a pivotal role in supporting over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It aids in regulating muscle and nerve function, contributing to blood glucose control and helping maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
Sodium, another essential mineral in seawater, is crucial for maintaining fluid balance within the body. It plays a vital role in nerve function and muscle contractions, ensuring that your bodily systems run smoothly.
Potassium, present in ocean water, is necessary for proper heart and muscle function. It also contributes to maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, which is critical for overall cardiovascular health.
Iodine, yet another essential mineral, is found in seawater and is indispensable for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Besides those benefits of mineral-rich waters coming from the ocean, it can also be considered a form of natural skin therapy.
- Exfoliation: Ocean water contains natural exfoliants like salt and sea minerals. These can help remove dead skin cells and promote a smoother, brighter complexion. When you swim or bathe in the ocean, the motion of the water can provide a gentle exfoliating effect on the skin, leaving it feeling soft and rejuvenated.
- Skin Detoxification: Immersing yourself in the ocean offers a unique form of skin detoxification. The minerals and trace elements found in seawater, such as calcium, potassium, and sulphur, can aid in drawing out impurities from your skin. This natural detox process can help unclog pores, reducing the likelihood of breakouts and leaving your skin looking clearer and revitalised.
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The minerals in ocean water can have anti-inflammatory effects, which can be soothing for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Magnesium can help reduce redness and inflammation in the skin.
So taking a dip in the ocean doesn't only refresh us, it actually benefits our health and skin in many natural ways.
2. Respiratory Health
Have you ever wondered why, when you're feeling sick or have a cold, someone might suggest that you visit the ocean and spend some time there? Coastal air is infused with tiny aerosolised saltwater droplets, known as "sea spray," that have been shown to have a positive effect on respiratory health. Inhaling these aerosols can help to cleanse the respiratory system. They can break down and dissolve mucus and other particles in the airways, making it easier to expel them through coughing or swallowing. This cleansing effect can benefit individuals with conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments.
The ocean environments often have clean, fresh air with low levels of pollution compared to urban areas. This is especially true in remote or less-developed coastal regions. Breathing in clean air can help improve lung function and overall respiratory health. The ocean breeze carries with it fewer airborne pollutants and allergens, providing a breath of fresh, unpolluted air.
3. Ice Plunge
Ice plunging is definitely a trend. But if you do not have an Ice Plunge at home (and are lucky enough to live to close the ocean), consider packing your swimsuit and shorts for a quick morning swim. The water is still refreshingly cool from the night, plus you don't need to shiver like an iceberg to enjoy the benefits of a cold water experience.
While a morning swim in the cold water doesn't only wake you up, it improves also your circulation and strengthens your immunity. Cold exposure can stimulate the production of white blood cells, particularly neutrophils and lymphocytes, which play a crucial role in the immune response. This increase in white blood cells may help enhance the immune system's ability to detect and respond to pathogens, improving your overall immune function.
4. Mood Enhancement
The ocean has the power to elevate our mood and boost our overall sense of well-being. In natural environments such as the ocean, the motion of the waves as water droplets break apart, it releases negative ions into the air. The negative ions present in sea air has been associated with several potential benefits for mood and overall well-being. It increases the body's ability to absorb oxygen. As a result, people may breathe in more oxygen-rich air, which can lead to more energy. Adequate oxygen levels are crucial for optimal brain function, and improved oxygen intake can potentially lead to better mental clarity and focus.
Research has also suggested that negative ions might have a calming effect by reducing stress and anxiety. It is believed that negative ions can influence the balance of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin. An increase in serotonin levels is often associated with feelings of well-being and relaxation. Many people report feeling more relaxed and happier after spending time in the ocean.
5. The Sound of Waves
Have you ever experienced deep relaxation, where the sound of ocean waves gently 'carries you', almost as if the waves themselves are rocking you and bringing a sense of calm with each gentle crash? The gentle, repetitive crashing of waves can have a meditative quality that helps reduce stress and anxiety. This type of sound can trigger the relaxation response in the body, reducing the production of stress hormones like cortisol. Cortisol is your body’s main stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear. As a result, listening to the sound of ocean waves may help synchronise brainwaves. It encourages the brain to settle into a more coherent and relaxed state, which can lead to a feeling of mental clarity and reduced stress.
It can also serve as an anchor for mindfulness and meditation practises. The sound provides a focal point for attention, helping individuals to stay in the present moment, reduce mental chatter, and achieve a state of mindfulness or meditation.
A day at the beach is a soul-soothing experience that leaves you refreshed and revitalised. However, as much as we love basking in the sun and going for a surf, it's essential to give your skin the care it deserves after a sun-soaked day. Saltwater, sun exposure, and sand can leave your skin feeling dry and dehydrated. Especially in Australia, where UV rays can be harsh on your skin. That's why it's crucial to establish an after-beach routine to rejuvenate and protect your skin.
Rinse Off Thoroughly: As you leave the ocean, make sure to rinse off the saltwater and sand from your skin with fresh water. Saltwater can be drying and irritating if left on your skin for too long.
Nourishing Products: Consider using nourishing and hydrating products to support your skin following sun exposure. Look for ingredients like Aloe Vera, Shea Butter which can help soothe and replenish your skin's moisture. You can try Byron Bay Body Crème that can deeply condition and soothe the appearance of dry skin.
Hydrating Serum: Applying a rich, ultra-hydrating oil like Byron Bay Vital+ Glow Serum is a must after you've rinsed. This serum contains Rosehip Oil and Hemp Seed Oil that are known for valuable healing benefits that help restore hydration to your skin. It will help repair your skin from environmental skin damage while leaving your skin feeling firmer and visibly hydrated.
Sunscreen Reapplication: Sunscreen isn't just for the beach; it's an all-day necessity. Even after you've left the beach, your skin is still vulnerable to UV damage. Reapply sunscreen to any exposed skin if you plan to spend more time outdoors. Make sure to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you're swimming or sweating.
Protective Clothing and Added Shade: Consider wearing loose, long-sleeved clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. Additionally, you can enhance your protection by using an umbrella or seeking shelter in shaded areas, such as beneath palm trees to shield yourself from the sun's rays, especially during peak hours.
Hydrate: Don't forget to hydrate from the inside out. Drink plenty of water to replenish any fluids lost during your beach adventures.
Spending time at the beach is not just a recreational activity, it's a therapeutic experience with so many benefits for both your health and well-being. No one ever regrets a dip in the ocean. What are you waiting for - hit the beach!