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The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy some fun, relaxing outdoor activities in great places, with family and friends. However, no matter how much work you’ve put into sculpting your body for swimsuit season, there are still other aspects of summer body care that you need to address. Namely, taking care of your skin should be a key priority during the summer months, and like just about any part of healthy living, proper summer skin care requires a multifaceted approach.
Even though the tanning industry promotes bronze skin as being the ideal image of health and beauty, this picture really couldn’t be further from the truth. Opt for being outside during the hours when the sun’s UV rays are less intense (early morning or during the evening) or choose to cover your skin with light, breezy fabrics during the day. If you must be outside during the middle of the day, make use of an appropriately strong sunscreen, and be sure to reapply it throughout the day.
While it’s easy to remember to lather up your skin after a shower during the winter months when dry skin is a common problem, it is equally important to keep your skin well hydrated during the summertime as well. Use a moisturizing body wash and apply lotion immediately after you shower in order to keep your skin smooth and soft all summer long. Moisturizing your skin can also be a great way to get that “tanned” look without actually damaging your skin cells, thanks to the invention of gradual “tanning” lotions. Better yet, for a flawless, professional bronzing, visit your spa for a spray tan. They've come a long way in terms of actually nourishing the skin while they impart that healthy glow-without the sun damage!
Healthy skin (and overall health in general) cannot be obtained without maintaining proper hydration—something that is significantly more difficult during the hot summer months. Whether you’re running five miles during your mornings or you’re sitting in an office from nine to five, keep a bottle of water near by you at all times. Having easy access to water will remind you to drink throughout the day and eliminate any excuse of “It’s just not convenient.” Not only will your skin thank you (Hello, clearer complexion), but drinking an adequate amount of water can also help you regulate your hunger cravings—a fact that may be beneficial for anyone seeking to lose weight.
Finally, no matter how many precautions some of us take, the summer months often find a way to damage our skin anyway. This is where the importance of proper healing enters the picture of summer skin care. Whether it’s a case of a blistering sunburn, peeling skin, or itchy mosquito bites, the way that you care for your damaged skin can determine how likely your skin is to heal without permanent scarring. We always recommend seeking out your skin care professional for solid advice and expert care as a place to start. There are some things you can do, as well, to help common summer skin issues.
If you’re battling sunburn, be sure to apply cooling aloe-based lotions. If you’re dealing with peeling skin, use a gentle exfoliant to make the peeling as even as possible, and follow this with regularly applied moisturizing lotion. If bug bites are your nemesis, try to apply anti-itch creams to keep yourself from scratching them; generally speaking, the less you scratch a bug bite the less likely it is to leave a scar.
Enjoy the summer months by taking care of your summer skin. Not only will it look beautiful and healthy this season, but proper skin care will ensure that your skin is a shining example of health and youth for years to come.
You've heard since childhood that drinking water is good for you. The benefits of taking in some H20 include preventing dehydration and keeping body fluids maintained. But that glass of water you drank at lunch is doing much more than that. Most people don't know about all the benefits of water. Check out these little-known facts:
Picking water over a sugary soda will help you drop some unwanted pounds. Plus, water makes you feel full, so you’re less likely to snack if you keep your body hydrated.
Water has a way of revitalizing your muscles. When your body is deprived of water, your electrolytes shrink and your body is forced to borrow nutrients from cells around your muscles. That process leads to muscle fatigue and weakness.
Drinking a bottle of water a day won't erase
wrinkles, but by keeping your skin hydrated it's less likely to dry out and sag. Water also helps bring out the natural glow in your skin, which means a healthier complexion.
The good news is you don't have to drink bottles upon bottles of water everyday. A lot of the food you consume, especially fruits and vegetables, are a good source of water too.
There's no question about it: mothers are tough
to shop for. If you're in need of a unique gift idea, we've got you covered. Check out this list of guaranteed-to-please gifts.
Is your mom queen of the kitchen? If so, plan
on giving her the night off by making her dinner. You can make it a surprise or you can ask her to look over your menu ideas before hitting the grocery store. It's a cheap and thoughtful gift that
any meal-preparing mother will appreciate.
Moms love pictures, right? Rather than frame a
recent picture, why not get the picture printed on a canvas? Department stores and some online sites have some great deals on wall canvases.
Is there a place your mom has always wanted to
check out but never has the time? Maybe there is a new antique store in town you could check out. If your mom is into sports, take her to a ball game. The point is to spend the day with her, doing
something she enjoys.
What mom wouldn't like a day full of pampering?
Head to the spa and schedule your mom for a massage or facial. A trip to the spa is the perfect getaway for any mom. An hour-long Swedish massage can wipe away months of accumulated stress. A facial
will refresh your mom's skin and spirits. If you aren't sure what kind of spa treatment she'd like, you can always opt for a gift card and let her decide.
We're the experts when it comes to pampering moms. Give us a call at and we would be more than happy to help you find the perfect spa treatment for Mom. Mother's Day is around the corner, so start making plans today.
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