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Summer Skincare Survival Guide

July 5, 2016 at midnight


June, July and August are probably the months when you try to pare down your routine, simplifying everything from your hairstyle to what you eat. But the summer months are not the time to skimp on skin care. What are the must do’s to ensure your face looks its best when fall rolls around? Follow the top 10 ways for keeping your face looking fresh:

  1. Sunscreen – Wearing sunscreen is important any time of the year, but during the summer months don’t leave the house without it.

  2. Lip Protection – Just as your face needs protection, so do your lips. Look for lip products with SPF 15, and consider a lip balm, which will hydrate more.

  3. Water – Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but also feel free to indulge in seasonal produce for extra H2O.

  4. Self Tan – If you can’t imagine summer without a tan, don’t get on by baking outside. Opt instead for the latest self-tanners that provide salon-worthy results.

  5. Exfoliate – Keep a rosy glow by incorporating a gentle, daily exfoliation to dislodge dead skin cells ad keep your pores clean.

  6. Revive – Should you over-expose your skin, try this: rinse with cool water and a gentle cleanser, apply a dark spot correcting product to any sunspots and finish with a moisturizer to re-hydrate.

  7. BB Cream – Want to lighten up your makeup routine without really going au natural? Try a BB cream that will not only moisturize, but also even out your skin tone and illuminate your skin.

  8. Cover and Reapply – If you know you are going to be beach-bound or poolside, remember your hat and sunglasses. Also, reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours.

  9. Sweat – Summertime workouts are hot, no doubt, but the sweating that results helps increase circulation and give your skin a healthy glow.

  10. Right Time – The best time to be outside is before 10a.m. and after 4p.m. when the sun’s rays are less harmful. Try to schedule any activity during those periods.

Here are a few other things to remember about the sun and summertime skincare:

• Don’t skip the sunscreen – Even on cloudy days you need to protect yourself from UVB and UVA rays. And sunscreen isn’t just for the fair-skinned. People with dark skin or an existing tan still need SPF.

• Sunscreen does fade – Don’t expect one application of sunscreen to get you through the day. In fact, you should reapply every two to four hours. To cover your entire body, you will need enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass.

• Apply it everywhere – That means your ears, scalp and the back of your neck. Even your lips need some SPF, so find a lip balm with 30 or higher, and keep it handy.

• Ditch the old bottles – If you are using your sunscreen right, you shouldn’t have any left from the previous summer. If you do, check the expiration date, because sunscreens can break down, and when in doubt, chuck it.

• Don’t go to bed with makeup on.

• Do cleanse your face twice before bed – first to remove the day’s dirt, the second to actually clean the skin.

• Don’t squint – sunglasses protect not only your eyes, but the delicate skin around your eyes and help prevent wrinkles.

Want to take your skin to the next level? You might want to consider a professional facial. A treatment by a licensed professional can provide a deeper cleaning and exfoliation than what you can do at home. Whether you are interested in anti-aging or acne treatment, have sensitive skin or want to help resolve damage from the sun and the environment, there is a facial that can address your concern. If you have already experienced some skin damage due to the sun, a facial will help reverse the signs of aging form environmental factors such as sunlight.

Massage Envy of Longview is your local resource for your professional facial and skincare needs. Visit us at 3088 N Eastman Rd, Ste. 100, in the Target Shopping Center or call us at 903-663-2600 to schedule your facial today.

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