Skin Care Summer Tips

Summer Skin Care

As the summer months approach, we need to start thinking about the changes we must make to our skin care regimen. It is very important to keep the skin protected from the sun at all times. It is possible to do this and still have a healthy glowing tan, which I know you all would love to have through the summer months. Bur first and foremost, let me break down the sun’s rays for you, so you will not have to subject your skin to a lifetime of damage. You want protection from both UVB and UVA rays (think B for burning, and A for aging). UVB are the strongest between 10am-3pm. However, UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays do.

These are sun beams that will age you, long term effects such as leathering and wrinkling UVA rays are present during daylight hours year round.

SPF stands for Sun Protector Factor. And no SPF’s don’t deliver stronger protection from burning UVB rays-they deliver longer protection. You need an SPF of at least 15 to block 93 percent of UVB rays. So if, for example, your unprotected skin usually starts reddening in 10 minutes, using an SPF will protect your skin 15 times longer from reddening, or about 2 hours. sun block is non-negotiable, you must use it.

In order to save your skin, you will need a good broad spectrum sun block with an SPF of 15 or higher to deflect both UVA and UVB rays. Look for these key ingredients in order to ensure you’re protected from pre-mature aging, not just short-term burning: Avabenzone (Parsol 1789), zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

My personal sun block favorites and suggestions are: Pure baby, or Neutrogena light touch SPF 70 (for those that don’t want a greasy feeling). Anything good enough for a baby’s skin is good enough for mine. I also suggest any of the Anthelios sunscreen products.  My Summer Tips for you involves how to spend time in the sun, while getting a deep tan- without damaging your skin.

How do you get a tan without burning and damaging the skin? First- it’s important to exfoliate the body. I like to make up a scrub with natural ingredients. A mixture of iodized salt (2 or 3 containers will do), olive oil, and plain yogurt. Add a squeeze of lemon and maybe a few drops of lavender for scent, then mix it all together to make a paste that’s not runny and has a thick consistency. Get in the shower with the water off and thoroughly scrub your whole body. Have a friend do your back if you can! When finished, turn the water on and rinse. Get out and pat your skin dry. Your body will feel silky smooth.

Now it’s time to apply your sunscreen. Use a shot glass for the entire body. You must do this at least 20 minutes before going into the sun. Let it sink into the skin. You can now apply a self-tanner. There are a lot of great self-tanners available; it doesn’t have to be the most expensive one. Make sure to get all the areas of the body. Once again let someone do your back.

You are now ready to go in to sun. Make sure you still wear a hat and sunglasses. Keep applying the sunscreen and self-tanner throughout the day. The sun will activate the self-tanner and give you a natural tan without streaks. Stay in the sun for 3 hours maximum. That’s enough for a beautiful dark and natural looking tan. Don’t shower for at least 3 hours after leaving the sun. Put on a loose sundress and go about your day until it’s time to shower. When showering, no need to scrub- just gently wash and then apply moisturizer. I like to use one with a glow to it like Nivea Shimmer lotion to enhance the tan.

Do the exfoliation process once every two weeks to keep your tan fresh and to avoid a “muddy” look. If you’re at the beach, you can always use sand to go over your hands, feet and elbow- areas that self-tanner may tend to settle.
Summer is the only time of year I really recommend a toner. I like a mild one that you can make on your own with a mixture of witch hazel, rose water, and glycerin. Keep it in the fridge and go over the face for a refreshing pick me up any time of the day.
You should use Pamela’s Everyday Cleanser in in the morning, and Pamela’s blue cleanser scrub at night. This will keep your skin from accumulating oil and at the same time not strip it or dry it out. Use Pamela’s Cleanser Scrub in the blue bottle at least once or twice a week.

Enjoy your summer, but please make sure to protect your skin at all times. Always be aware that the sun is the #1 cause of aging, skin cancer, hyper-pigmentation and a whole host of problems that you really don’t want to ever deal with down the line.