1. Exfoliate your dry dead winter skin
Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don't help slough them off, they'll just sit on your skin, making it skin look dull and dry. No matter how much moisturizer you use, you'll never have glowing skin if you don't exfoliate.
- For your scalp, try Apple Cider Vinegar or a shampoo with Tea Tree or a hair treatment for dry, flaky scalp.
- For your face, use a face scrub (make sure the beads are “round” such as polyethylene beads or corundum beads, so as not to cause microscopic scratches in the skin. Avoid walnut or apricot scrubs for this reason). Other great facial exfoliants include: glycolic/lactic acid serums, retinol serums or creams, or enzyme exfoliants with papaya, papain (pineapple) or pumpkin.
Spa treatments are great as well, like professional facials and chemical peels.
- For your body, use body scrubs, sugar scrubs, glycolic or gentle enzyme products. Exfoliating mitts are also great on the body.
Spa body treatments like seaweed wraps, scrubs, dry brushing, etc are wonderful for glowing summer skin!
- For your feet, a foot file in the shower is usually the easiest way to smooth out rough feet.
Professional treatments like pedicures are highly recommended for Spring & Summer, as most people neglect their feet in the winter. This can be a great outing for friends, mothers & daughters, couples or prior to a vacation or wedding!
2. Remove unwanted hair
Smooth, glowing skin is only possible without hair.
- Shaving – use a lubricating and conditioning lotion or cream to help reduce irritation.
- Waxing – it’s best to leave this one to a professional.
- Laser hair removal – this one has to be carefully researched to find a certified, reliable, professional clinic or spa. This method also requires 4-6+ treatments for satisfactory hair reduction, but it is permanent so the investment of time and funds provide long term benefits.
3. Add a little summer tint to your skin
Nowadays there are many choices… and the tanning bed shouldn't be one of them!
- Using a sunless tanner will give your skin a beautiful start to summer. Even if you're not a fan of sunless tanners all over your body, you can happily use them just on your face. Most facial tanners build color gradually, and by alternating or mixing with your regular moisturizer, your skin will maintain a natural looking glow.
- Apply tinted products and sunless tanners right after exfoliating for best results. Your skin will be freshly primed for maximum penetration, as well as providing the smoothest application possible!
4. SPF – make it at least 30!
It has been shown in many clinical studies that SPF ratings (which are based on UVB protection only) are generally providing 95% protection at SPF 30, and about 98% protection at SPF 50. Therefore, SPF more than 50+ is not really protecting the skin any more, it just adds chemicals to the skin.
Mineral sunscreen/sun block (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) is far better, safer and lasts longer than chemical sunscreen ingredients. However, from a formulation standpoint, minerals generally do not feel as pleasant on the skin as the traditional chemical filters.
Some companies will combine them (Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide plus oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and/or octinoxate), providing great protection and a non-greasy, light creamy feel on the skin.
Choosing a sunscreen with either minerals alone, or a combo of minerals plus chemical filters, at an SPF rating of 30-50 will give the best possible protection, feel decent on the skin and give you peace of mind that you are doing your best to be Sun Safe!
DID YOU KNOW… “broadband” usually refers to UVA & UVB protection, but the SPF rating is only for UVB! They haven’t quite perfected the testing of UVA yet, but cosmetic chemists in the industry are working on it. For now, sticking with SPF 30+ is generally accepted as providing sufficient protection if used properly…which means…
- Reapply every few hours, after swimming, sweating, etc… and
- OUT WITH THE OLD…PLEASE don’t use last year’s sunscreen! Buy a new bottle; sunscreens aren’t meant to last forever. It’s your biggest organ, so protect your skin!
5. Deal with sun damage
OK, we all do it…too much sun! It now looks like a bright red glow, instead of that healthy peachy glow …WHAT NOW??
It’s too late to undo the damage but you can definitely reduce the suffering! To promote healing, look for products without irritants like fragrance, menthol, alcohol, but do look for:
- pure aloe
- shea butter, olive oil, and other hydraters
Try DermaMD’s Ultimate Hydrating Soy – it’s amazing!
It soothes any type of irritation, assists healing, hydrates dry, red, flaky skin, and it’s great post-sun or post-procedure!
Key ingredients include: Soybean oil, shea butter, algae, olive oil, rose hip oil, and quercetin (a fantastic plant derived bioflavonoid that reduces redness and promotes healing). It also has aloe plus anti-oxidants.