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Summer is in full effect. Sundresses, cut-off shorts, and open-toe shoes are now our life, which are a much needed change from the daily wear of sweats and pajamas last summer’s quarantine provided. Warmer temperatures, dry air, and the brutal rays of the sun not only drain us physically, but can wreak havoc on our skin. Don’t get caught our here with skin that still belongs indoors. Follow these tips to revitalize your skin so you can show off that sexy summer glow.
Our skin sheds daily, and these dead cells need to be removed to allow the moisture and hydration of our favorite beauty products to be absorbed. Exfoliating helps to reveal soft, smooth, glowing skin by removing this top layer of dead skin cells. These cells can be removed by using a sugar or salt scrub, or by using a technique called dry brushing, in which you use a special body brush to remove dead skin cells. Make sure to use a scrub that won’t leave your skin dry and dehydrated, but instead moisturizes, nourishes, and hydrates, like our Ultra Moisturizing Body Polish. Be careful not to over-exfoliate! Too much exfoliation can leave your skin dry and irritated. Once or twice a week should be just enough to keep you glowing, soft, and irresistibly touchable!
Who doesn’t love a nice hot shower to start (or end) their day? It’s soothing, relaxing, calming, and for some, can help alleviate minor aches and pains. It’s also super drying to the skin. Do your skin a favor and shower in lukewarm water, followed by rinsing with cool water. Your skin will thank you.
How can we talk about glowing skin and not tell you to moisturize?! The key to radiant skin is to moisturize it. Watered down moisturizers like lotions and creams work well for some people…my husband loves lotion. But, for a longer lasting moisturizer that nourishes and hydrates, opt for natural butters and oils. Our Whipped Body Butter is made with mango and kokum butters, and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that help repair dry, cracked, chapped skin, while leaving a soft sheen that gives off a non-greasy glow. Body butter not your thing? We get it, it’s summer, and body butter may be a little heavy for some people. For a lighter product that still produces a sexy glow, opt for a body oil. Our Intensely Hydrating Body Oil combines a mixture of oils that slowly penetrate the skin for an all-day glow that won’t leave you feeling oily.
We all know the saying “Black don’t crack”. Well it sure as hell can burn. The magic of melanin is that it reduces our chances of getting skin cancer. The downfall…it makes us more likely to die from it if we happen to get that dreaded diagnosis. Prevent sun burn and dark spots caused by sun exposure by using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Despite what you thought or heard, sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin whether you are outside or not, when it’s cloudy outside, and even if you’re hanging out in the shade. Even in the winter, you should be applying sunscreen….since summer skin is made in the winter! Follow the directions on your chosen sunscreen, and reapply as directed to reduce your chances of sunburn and to keep that melanin poppin’.
We’ve had well over a year to get these summer bodies together…am I the only one who didn’t use this time wisely? In my defense, I did have a baby last summer. But if I’m being honest, I was in better shape during my pregnancy than I am now. Exercise has tremendous effects on our overall health, how we look, and how we feel about ourselves. It also benefits our skin. A good sweat session allows toxins to be removed through the skin, while also releasing endorphins that help with relaxation and sleep…all of which can help to improve the overall look and feel of your skin (source).
Follow these simple tips to help give your skin a sexy summer glow.