Summer Skin Care
Here are some tips for healthy, great looking skin in the summer months:
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and enables moisturizing products to work better. The best time to exfoliate is in the morning before putting on any other products. Did you know that your makeup will last longer if you exfoliate? But don’t over-do it, especially on mature skin. Regardless of your age, make sure you follow up with moisturizer and sunscreen daily, but especially after freshly exfoliated skin.
Keep your skin hydrated! That means drink plenty of water (drink half your body weight in water daily) and if you drink caffeine you need to TRIPLE the amount of water your drink! Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. Bath and Body Works has come to the rescue with their brand new skin care line called Coco Shea. There are several formulas all designed to nourish your skin. The cucumber formula includes cucumber water. Cucumber water can help soothe your skin from the inside out. Cucumbers are also high in pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, which has been used to treat acne. The new Cocoa Shea formula at Bath and Body Works is also available in coconut, which moisturizes the skin naturally. It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal and penetrates the skin better than other oils. Another Bath and Body Works saver – Coco Shea with honey! Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention. Due to its antioxidant properties, it also helps slow down your skin’s aging and create a natural glow. These new formulas are designed to work along with your favorite fragrance to keep you smelling fresher longer. Don’t forget your Preferred Shopper card to save 15% off your total purchase at Bath and Body Works. Toner can also help add moisture on the go. Look for a toner spritz for any time of day moisture. You can find a selection of toners and other great skin care at Ulta. Be sure to use your Preferred Shopper card to receive the latest Ulta coupon at the register!
We all know the damage the sun can do. But how much sunscreen is enough? A teaspoon for the face. And a “shot glass” full for the body every 2 hours. One size does not fit all for facial sunscreens. Often they will make you break out…so choose yours according to your skin type (sensitive skin facial sunscreen is one option). Keep your sunscreen out by the pool or on your deck or wherever you get the most sun…having it handy will help you remember to re-apply!
One blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma — remember to get a yearly skin exam by a doctor and perform a self-examination once a month to detect early warning signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma. Look for a new growth or any skin change.