Create a healthy Summer 2013 Glow!
Are you ready for Summer 2013 and thinking it’s time to get into that swimwear and out to the beach? Being the beach bunny, may be costing you more than the price of your swimwear this Summer. According to, Webmd, “The sun’s rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn’t a two-way street: Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces. Consider this: One woman at age 40 who has protected her skin from the sun actually has the skin of a 30-year-old!
We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin color obtained from being in the sun – or in a tanning booth – actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.
Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily — taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you’re young, it will definitely show later in life.”
Steps to a Healthy Summer Glow
1.) Self Tanner
“This lightweight foam utilizes the latest self-tanning color technology to provide a streak-free, healthy-looking tan in a few hours. Its tinted, easy-to-blend formula shows where it’s been applied to help prevent uneven application. Aromaguard® technology doesn’t just mask the tell-tale smell of sunless tanner; it neutralizes it, leaving a pleasant scent throughout the wear. It dries quickly with no sticky after-feel so you can get dressed in just a few minutes! Super-fast, super-natural-looking … and super-safe! Oil-free.” http://www.merlenorman.com (Brookfield, WI Salon)
How to apply self-tanner:
1.) Shave. When you shave your skin, you not only remove hair, but a few layers of dead skin. I great alternative, both cheap and effective for shaving cream, is hair conditioner. You already have this in your shower, and it works, I believe, almost better than the shaving cream out in the market. Be cheap, savvy and smooth!
2.) Exfoliate. Use a micro-bead scrub. The smaller the beads the better it is for you and less likely for your skin to get broken capillaries. Broken capillaries are the result of too much pressure on your skin. Many scrubs in the market today have very large beads in them and will eventually cause broken capillaries. Avoid this through using smaller beads and light pressure.
3.) Moisturize. Be careful, when mixing your normal moisturizer with your self-tanner. Often times, when you mix two different products together, you can cause a skin irritation. I recommend, using a moisturizer that is hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free. This way, the ingredients will not interfere adversely with your self- tanner.
4.) Apply self-tanner. Make sure when you have applied the self-tanner, to wear gloves when applying to your body. When your body is complete, then remove your gloves and add a little self tanner. Flow the instructs on the particular brand you select. And most importantly, blend, blend, and blend!!
“Practice safe sun with our highest SPF! This daily-wear sunscreen provides Broad Spectrum SPF 50 to help prevent sunburn, decrease the risk of skin cancer and premature signs of aging caused by the sun. It contains special proprietary ingredients to provide an ultra silky feel and glides nicely onto skin without feeling sticky or greasy. The supremely lightweight formula absorbs quickly, leaves skin soft and smooth without a white residue, and has a fresh, clean scent. Finally, a sunscreen you’ll love to wear! Oil-free. ” http://www.merlenorman.com (Brookfield, WI Salon)
When do you apply sunscreen?
Make sure you apply sunscreen as the very last step in your skin care schedule. For example: Cleanse, Tone, moisturize, sunscreen. The utilization of sunscreen is actually not just for summer. Surprised? There are both indoor and outdoor uvb and uva rays that can age, damage and cause skin cancer. Using a great sunscreen in summer and winter will prevent your skin from the aging effects of the sun.
“Think bronzers are just for fake tans? Not anymore! Designed for daily wear, this innovative bronzing powder delivers an instant, healthy-looking glow to give skin a lift of color. It creates the most natural-looking finish because it contains super-micronized pigments that work with the topology of skin to deliver 3D color that reflects light and looks natural. The silky smooth, hydrating formula with Apple Extract Complex and Revidrate™ allows for effortless blending and building of color to achieve different effects without drying the skin or looking unnatural. Looks great worn alone or with cheek color. Fragrance-free. Oil-free.” http://www.merlenorman.com (Brookfield, WI Salon).
How to apply Bronzer?
1.) After your foundation and power are set on your skin, the next step is bronzer.
2.) You can either place a little blush on your cheek bones and then add some bronzer or you can use only the bronzer. The choice is up to you.
3.) Make sure you understand the basic application concept for bronzer. Bronzer is utilized to provide a NATURAL glow to your skin! That means, that you do not need or want to put too much on, or you will likely resemble one of the orange people from Charlies Wonka Factory. Let’s avoid that look and stick to less is more!
Make sure you think of wear the sun would naturally kiss your skin. Apply to the edges of your forehead, cheek bones, edge of chin and a little on neck. Feel free to use a little shimmery bronzer directly above the matte bronzer. This will create a nice pop in your cheek bones!