Summer Skin Care Tips and Regimen
Summer has quickly come upon us and you might have started to realize that the skin on your arms and legs - and perhaps your feet - is definitely not ready to face the public. Not to worry! Transforming the rough skin on your arms, legs, and feet -- the result of extreme moisture loss during the long, cold winter months -- can be achieved with this complete regimen.
The three parts of the summer regimen will focus on prepping the skin, pampering of the skin and protecting the skin but today our focus will remain on PREP.
There are few basic things that should be done to prep your skin for the upcoming summer months.
Your smooth, silky skin is in hiding -- you just need to coax it to the surface with exfoliants. Exfoliating also helps to remove the extra-dry patches on your knees and elbow. A basic scrubbing brush sloughs off dry skin without too much elbow grease and should be used on dry skin immediately before or even in the shower. Scrubbing washes also work quickly; some have the extra benefit of cleansing your skin, too. Or try a body mask, which extracts impurities from your skin. Masks require a bit more time (about 20 minutes) but are worth the extra effort.
2. HAIR REMOVAL
No doubt about it -- you must rid yourself of any errant hairs. Any whether you're a fan of razors, depilatories, or at-home waxing kits, the key word this summer is easy, even for sensitive-skin types, thanks to more effective yet gentler removal formulas.
3. FEET READY
Make your feet sandal ready: Feet really get the worst of it during winter. Take a look down below -- most likely, you'll be greeted with dry tootsies that are crying out for extra moisture. The solution's easy enough. Scrub away any dry spots with a pumice stone and finish with a generous coating of foot-friendly moisturizer.
Now that your skin is utterly smooth and hairless, it's time to slather on the moisturizers. The summer months don't deplete your natural moisture nearly as much as the winter months do, but because skin cannot maintain optimum hydration levels on its own, you're going to have to help it along. Luckily, today's moisturizes go way beyond simple hydration. There are also body moisturizers made with gentle anti-aging ingredients -- for firming and cell renewal -- typically found in facial moisturizers.
Step 3: Protect
You've heard it countless times but it still bears repeating: Shielding your skin from the sun is the best investment you can make for your skin's future. And before you rattle off the reasons that you don't wear sunscreen as often as you know you should, think about this: Sunscreen is now better than ever -- more convenient, more transparent, more resistant to water and sweat, and loaded with more antioxidants to help boost your skin's natural protection capabilities. Approximately 30 minutes before heading outside, cover your entire body with sunscreen. Make sure to apply a generous amount; dermatologists recommend at least two tablespoons' worth. Also, while you get 88 percent protection against UVB rays (the rays that burn your skin) with SPF 15, SPF 30 provides 95 percent protection -- allowing you to stay outside a bit longer. Of course, you also need protection from UVA rays, which are responsible for premature skin aging, so always look for a sunscreen that protects against both types of rays. One last note: Reapply often. Most experts suggest doing so at least every two hours.