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How to Protect Your Skin While Enjoying the Sun

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Catch the Sun While Caring for Your Skin

In the middle of a cold and snowy winter, just thinking about sunny summer days can be rejuvenating. Traveling to Turks and Caicos in the winter time of course is even better.

The blue skies and turquoise waters provide a powerful boost to body and soul. Your visit to Grace Bay is like a week-long, massive dose of light therapy and Vitamin D supplements.

The challenge of course is giving the restorative Sun the respect it deserves and 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 guest, Masae Okabayashi of Canada, about how she cares for here skin.

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“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 Grace Bay earlier this winter with her family for a much-needed break. Originally from Japan, Okabayashi now resides in Canada.

“Believe it or not, sunlight is far more fierce in Canada than in Japan or the Turks and Caicos,” 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)l; after Okabayashi applies a “UV block” powder as a third layer.

“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, but if it’s just for going shopping I use an SPF of about SPF 30.

The reason?

“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.

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.

“Of course, wrinkles can be quite lovely, but for the time being I want to hold onto my shiny, smooth skin,” says Okabayashi.

Skincare at Spa Tropique

Got a sunburn, Spa Tropique can help you. Feeling tired after spending months in the trenches at work during a cold winter? Spa Tropique can help you. There’s treatments for everything from headaches to the aches and pains of expecting mothers.

Spa Tropique Beach Bliss Treatment

A detoxifying seaweed wrap, mini facial with strawberry mask and aromatherapy massage are the perfect way to end a day at the beach.

With two treatment rooms conveniently located in Building 1, Spa Tropique promises a blissful escape to relax and revitalize during your Turks & Caicos trip.

5 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Skin

  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.

The Sands at Grace Bay Announces Resort-Wide Enhancement Project

2016 Guestroom Refurbishments For Grace Bay Beach Resort

The Sands at Grace Bay located on picture perfect Grace Bay Beach is excited to announce its resort-wide enhancement project in 2016!

By early 2016, all resort accommodations will have received new luxury bedding collection.

The Sands New Bedding for 2016

In August and September, additional guestroom enhancements and refurbishments will be made to complement the new bedding. During this time, the resort will not be open for reservations between the dates of August 20, through September 30, 2016.

The resort looks forward to bringing even greater value to its guests when it re-opens on October 1, 2016!

About the Sands at Grace Bay

Located only 80 minutes by air from Miami, and with regular airline service from New York, Boston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Toronto, The Sands at Grace Bay is an easy-to-reach destination for the perfect Caribbean vacation.

An all-suite resort, The Sands at Grace Bay offers a spectacular, central beachfront location on Grace Bay Beach, awe-inspiring views and beautifully-appointed and newly refurbished accommodations.

Within a 6-acre Caribbean plantation-style setting, The Sands at Grace Bay comprises 114 suites in six, three-story buildings. It is embraced by lush, pristine tropical landscaping and located on Grace Bay’s 12-miles of powdery white sand known as Grace Bay Beach that boasts dazzling turquoise waters.

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Enter Our March #SandsSelfie Contest For A Chance To Win A 3-Night Resort Stay At The Sands at Grace Bay

The Sands at Grace Bay is kicking off another #SandsSelfie social media contest for the month of March – where both current and past guests who post a resort “selfie” photo onto the resort’s Facebook or Instagram pages, will be entered to win a future 3-night stay in a luxurious one-bedroom Oceanview suite.

The contest encourages guests to share fun and memorable selfie photos of their Turks & Caicos trip and stay at The Sands at Grace Bay, located on Grace Bay Beach – recently named the World’s #1 Beach by TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards. In addition to our world-famous beach destination – our resort has also been named one of the, “Best Hotels in Turks & Caicos” for 2016 by the U.S. News & World Report and received a Couples Choice Award from the popular wedding planning site

The steps to enter our SandsSelfie contest are simple:

1) guests take a #SandsSelfie photo from the resort property – and can use our new Sands at Grace Bay “Selfie frames” that will be conveniently placed at selfie stations by our pool and also by our award-winning beach

2) post your selfie onto the resort’s Facebook ( or Instagram ( account using the #SandsSelfie hashtag

3) and “follow” the resort on Facebook and Instagram to receive winner notification

The #SandsSelfie contest is happening now through March 31st. When the contest ends, one #SandsSelfie photo taken on the resort property will be randomly selected from either the resort’s Facebook or Instagram account as the winner. Photo entries must include the hashtag #SandsSelfie in their photo descriptions during the contest period, to be entered. Those who enter must “follow” the resort Facebook or Instagram pages, to receive the winner notification. One winner will receive a gift certificate for a free 3-night stay in a 1-bedroom Oceanview Suite for a future visit to The Sands at Grace Bay – that can be redeemed within one year from the date it’s awarded.

The Sands at Grace Bay still has availability during the upcoming popular spring travel months, but travelers will need to reserve their stay soon as space is limited. You can check our resort availability online via website or call toll-free from the U.S. (877) 777-2637; from Canada (800) 567-5327; or contact a travel agent for reservations.

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