Hitting the beach on your first day of vacation , take off your flip-flops and bury your bare feet in the sand. The pleasure of simple things. It is a simple gesture that officially inaugurates the disconnection from work and obligations.
The beach is not a beach without sand. We are in permanent contact with it: when we bathe, sunbathe or go for a walk . She is always there, even friend of multiple games with our children or friends. How many times have our legs been buried and shaped into a huge mound of mermaid tail? Or have we dug a deep hole to cover ourselves to the waist or neck? We also love to sit by the sea and watch the waves wash the wet land until it covers our feet.
In short, what would the beach be without those trillions and trillions of rock granites. The truth is that they have multiple benefits for our skin. The biggest of them, in the words of Paloma Borregón, a dermatologist at the Healthy Skin Foundation of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV) , “is the exfoliant, which could help keep the skin smooth if we rub sand over it. Of course, very carefully so as not to cause any type of injury or infection ”.
However, is it advisable to bury our feet or part of the body in the sand? “As much as advisable not. Nor is it something dangerous, although there are some considerations to take into account when it comes to the skin, “says Borregón.
In this sense, the dermatologist points out that practices like these can lead to the occasional infection : “In the sand there may be a parasite, for example, various types of larvae such as cutaneous migrans . These, which are only present in warm places, penetrate through the skin ”.
The larva migrans or migratoria is transmitted above all in those parts of the body that are less protected and with direct contact with the sand: the feet , legs, buttocks or back. It causes reddish rashes accompanied by intense itching . Constantly scratching on these rashes can lead to a bacterial skin infection . Therefore, despite the fact that the migratory larvae disappear on their own after a few weeks, to reduce the risk of developing a bacterial skin infection, it is important to treat with drugs such as topical thiabendazole .
What other skin lesions can occur?
In addition to infection by various parasites, there are other dangers hidden in the sand that we have to pay attention to to avoid injuries to our skin. “There could be bites from animals that usually bury themselves in the sand or cuts with broken shells. On the other hand, there are remains of garbage covered by sand that can also cause us some damage ”, warns Borregón.
The dermatologist points out that, in the event that we cut ourselves, the first thing to do is wash the wound very well to avoid future infections : “Ideally, soap and water or chlorhexidine would be on hand, but another option is to clean the injury with the sea water to, later, once at home, give us with soap ”, he advises.
The doctor adds that, if the cut is something deeper, it is convenient to apply Betadine at night. In the event that the wound is complicated, we will have to consult a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic.
Skin care after a day at the beach
After an intense day at the beach, our skin, which has been exposed to sea water , solar radiation and sand, needs some care to treat its dryness and ensure its hydration. The AEDV recommends the following:
Apply mild cleaners distinguished by a non-alkaline pH and high tolerance.
Use facial moisturizers twice a day . The type of moisturizer will vary depending on your skin type .
For the rest of the body, it is advisable to use a moisturizing cream with “moisturizing” components and with an occlusive effect that prevents the loss of epidermal water.
In areas of the skin where more damage has occurred, it is important to use specific cosmetics indicated by a dermatologist. They are usually products that contain antioxidants and vitamins C and E.