Summer Skin Prep Musts for a Healthy Glow

egg white skin treatmentsI’m loving all this sunshine we have been having this spring.  It is really getting me excited for summer skin, flip flops, tank tops, bikinis, and all the skin-flattering apparel that summer brings.  But, let’s face it.  Beautiful, glowing skin is the result of some hard work.

Learn how to take good care of your skin so you maintain your healthy glow.  Following are a few tips from our experts that will help you “prep” your skin for the spring and summer seasons.

5 Summer Skin Prep Musts

1. Exfoliation – most important to get rid of dull, dry winter skin
2. Moisturize – after exfoliation, hydration is key
3. Sunscreen – daily application of a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is essential to protect the skin from free radical damage
4. Self-Tan – try self-tanners for an early summer glow without the risk of sun exposure
5. Foot Treatments – exfoliate and moisturize the dry, rough skin on your feet to prepare for summer footwear

Deborah Hicks, Sr. Director of Product Development, Arbonne International

Use sun protection. No, really, use sun protection!

As we approach the summer months the levels of UV radiation reaching the earth (and your face) increases. UVA from the sun reaching your skin will deplete levels of collagen leaving your skin thinner and more likely to wrinkle. UVB will damage the skin cells directly causing sun burn and dehydration. It will also cause hyper-pigmentation problems, especially for older women.

Women with fluctuating levels of oestrogen and progesterone due to pregnancy, HRT, menopause or birth control pills are also at greater risk of hyperpigmentation. Between March and November are the high-risk months for UV, even in places like the United Kingdom. Because of this you need to wear sun screen every day! I researched this thoroughly and it is backed-up by many medical institutions. One scary fact I picked up is that if you get sun burn once in two years you will triple your risk of skin cancer!

Make sure you re-apply sun screen every two hours.

Max Holloway, Miravue Skin Clinic

How do you prep your summer skin to ensure you maintain a healthy glow?

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