Tips for beautiful summer skin

Carolina Living: Summer Body Places

by Statepoint Media    
Published: May 12, 2012 in A&E / Life&Style, Featured Stories

Photo Credit: Yumesh Behari Mathur via Flickr - Creative Commons

From flowy dresses to oversized sunglasses and strappy sandals — summer is synonymous with chic style. But, are you ready to reveal your skin?

Here are three tips that will help ensure a healthy glow all season and all year long.

Do it daily: SPF protection

Keep wrinkles and discoloration at bay with a sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays.

“With most sunscreens, an SPF 15 product blocks about 94 percent of UVB rays, an SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UVB rays and an SPF 45 blocks about 98 percent of rays,” says San Diego-based dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Benabio.

To ensure you’re using the right amount of sunscreen, apply enough to fill a shot glass 30 minutes before heading outside. Remember to reapply SPF every two hours and after swimming or towel-drying the skin.

Refine your skin

“Your skin needs extra care in summer,” says Dr. Benabio. Higher temperatures mean revealing more skin, so make sure your delicate underarms aren’t affected by shaving irritation. You may not realize the effect daily shaving can have on underarms, but clinical data shows it reduces the top layer of skin by 20 percent. As a result, skin loses 50 percent more moisture, leading to dryness and irritation. Thirty-two million women in the U.S. experience underarm red and dark marks due to shaving irritation.

This summer, you don’t have to shun your favorite sleeveless tops and maxi dresses because of shaving irritation. Instead, Dr. Benabio suggests Dove Clear Tone Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant, the first and only deodorant in the U.S. designed to reduce the appearance of red and dark marks and even skin tone. This new formula with calendula, sunflower seed extracts and moisturizers, helps accelerate your skin’s natural renewal processes. After using the product for just two weeks, Unilever research reported that nine out of 10 women preferred Dove Clear Tone Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant for more even-looking skin tone.

The dermatologist-tested formula not only restores skin’s natural tone, but it provides all of the expected benefits of Dove anti-perspirant/deodorants, like 24-hour odor and wetness protection, along with Dove 1/4 moisturizers. The formula is available in two fragrances, along with a clinical protection formula that offers prescription strength wetness protection without a prescription. More information can be found on Dove.com.

Pamper your feet

When the weather is warm, get your feet out of socks and into sandals. Make sure they look great by getting pedicures throughout the season. If it has been a while since your last visit, opt for an electric callus removal treatment. It costs more than standard exfoliation, but is worth the price if you have rough soles. Another tip to get your feet summer-ready is to skip dark polish and opt for the season’s must-have colors, like cheery pinks and sea foam greens.

Looking great in summer may seem like a lot of work, but incorporating a few changes to refine your skin can help you look your best. : :

Natural ways to keep your skin healthy this season

Our modern lifestyles can take a toll on our skin. Lack of sleep, pollutants, and stress are all contributing factors to signs of aging, dryness, irritation and blotchiness.

Go natural: Sometimes nature provides the most effective skin care solutions. The Dead Sea for example, thrives with life-enhancing ingredients with regenerative properties, and has long been a mecca for wellness-seeking travelers. While a dip in these waters may not be possible for everybody, you can use moisturizers and cosmetics that contain Dead Sea minerals to achieve the same benefits.

Eat right: It’s not only about what you put on your skin that makes a difference. What you eat can make a big impact as well. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish is not only great for overall health, it also will support glowing healthy skin. Be sure to stock up on Vitamin C, which can tighten skin and prevent wrinkles, and omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce inflammation and dryness. Avoid excessive use of caffeine and alcohol.

Sleep well: The link between a good night’s sleep and healthy skin cannot be overstated. A deep restful sleep is necessary for cell and tissue repair. By getting six to eight hours of shut-eye a night, you’ll not only avoid those dreaded bags under the eyes, you’ll reduce stress, improve your immune system and increase your skin’s ability to stay hydrated.

Healthy skin is not only beautiful, it also is your greatest protection from the environment. So it’s vital that you take great care of it. : :