Summer is a season where bronzed skin becomes the hot, new accessory. Just as jewelry and shoes have value, so does our skin, which is why it is important to protect it. There are several ways to do so, the first being with sunscreen. Sunscreen is an effective shield that deflects the damaging UV rays of the sun. According to WebMD.com, you should always make sure the products you choose are: water resistant, SPF 15 or greater, and provide broad-spectrum protection in order to be the most effective. The next step of protection is the use of clothing and sunglasses. Darker clothing and tighter weaves absorb the sun’s rays before they reach your skin. Hats with broad rims keep direct sunlight from burning your scalp and ears – areas that are usually neglected. Oversized sunglasses, in style again this season, are popular and a good choice, according to optometrists. “The more of the eye you can cover, the less intense of light can reach the back of your eye,“ said Neil Hodur, OD. Next, lips need extra attention, because they not contain melanin, the cells that protect skin from burning. Use a lip balm with SPF protection, reapplying as necessary to keep them moisturized, and stay away from high shine lip-glosses. Choose mineral based makeup powders and moisturizers with sunscreen. Sunless tanning products are a great route to get sun-kissed skin without the damage. These products come in lotions, gels, and airbrush sprays as well as different shades, depending on your skin tone. When looking for products to stay safe in the sun, pay close attention to your gender and skin type to achieve the best results.
Besides everyday skin protection, spa services are great ways to start the summer! Exfoliation sloughs off dry, dead skin cells from winter and prepares healthy, new skin for summer. Once exfoliated, skin is vulnerable and must be moisturized and rehydrated. Visit Spa Lux for a facial or to relax and renew with our Citrus Crystal Full Body Polish which softly exfoliates with orange and grapefruit citrus as well as fine-grain Canadian mineral crystals leaving your skin luxuriously smooth and stimulated. Another invigorating service for healthy skin is our Dead Sea Salt Body Polish which is an all-natural, mineral-rich concoction of Dead Sea salts and essential oils that massage away dry skin, exfoliate, draw out impurities, and improve circulation. Your skin is a great accessory for summer, don’t let it go out of style!