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Charlotte Pieper or Lotta – a wild child living the ultimate beach life that most of us could be a little bit envious of. Sun, sand, waves and wind, it is all fun and games until it takes its toll on your skin and beauty. Read Lotta`s pro tips on how to prevent it.
If there is someone who knows the best way to protect your skin and hair during summer, it is surfer babes who spend most of their time taming waves, breathing salty air and soaking up the sun. Here is what Lotta @lotta_and_the_waves has to say on how to prevent the damage and enjoy ocean life to the fullest.
YOU COME FROM BERLIN, WHICH IS FAR AWAY FROM SURF CULTURE. HOW DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THE WAVES?
I was born in Berlin but I spent a big part of my childhood growing up in the northern part of Germany – right next to the ocean. We often went to the East Frisian Islands where I started windsurfing. My parents also took me on a lot of great trips like to the Caribbean Islands & northern Africa. During my summer holidays I started working in surf camps in France. The rest is history.
DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER "PLAN A" FOR YOUR LIFE AND CAREER BEFORE YOU TRIED SURFING?
Well yeah, I always wanted to become a camera woman – filming for cinema. I have also always been really curious about war photography, since from my point of view documentary photography is a very strong visual medium to show people what is wrong in this world.
YOU HAVE SAID THAT GIRLS SHOULD BE MORE THAN A SEXY FOREGROUND FOR A SURF SHOT. DO WOMEN STILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS STEREOTYPE?
Yes, they do! I mean, it is getting better and it is not so obvious anymore, but as you get deeper into the business you recognise it is still there. Many great women are having an impact though and making their way up to the front – we are right in the middle of a change.
DESCRIBE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY AT THE BEACH FOR US! WHAT DO YOU CHERISH THE MOST?
The most beautiful day at the beach is spent in the water, either surfing, swimming or taking photos. Good waves, good company & a lot of fun would top it off. The weather doesn`t matter; I love sunny days as much as I love the rain. Changing light scenes are always good for some more photo diversity.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WELLNESS TIP?
Go take a dip in the ocean! :) Wind, sun, water – these three elements have an impact on beauty.
WHAT ACTIONS DO YOU TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN AND HAIR?
Since I left Germany and I am not 16 years old anymore, good sunscreen is a part of my daily routine. It doesn`t matter if you go to the beach or not. Take care of your skin and protect it from the sun. My hair gets some coconut oil before surfing and conditioner after. Without these, I couldn`t brush it anymore.
DESCRIBE YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE TO US!
I put on a light hydration cream with sunblock and brush my teeth in the morning, and that is normally it. I do more in the evening; when getting rid of salt and sunscreen on my skin, treating my hair with a good conditioner and giving back some hydration. Natural oils which give you a healthy after glow are the best.
HOW IMPORTANT IS SUN PROTECTION AT THE BEACH?
Very, very, very important! The water reflection makes the sun rays stronger, even on cloudy days. You only have one skin – care for it like you mean it.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A SUNSCREEN?
I don’t want to have any harmful ingredients in it, neither for my body nor for the environment, especially the ocean and its creatures. It should be water resistant, non-greasy and contain a little skin goodness.
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