Sunday, May 17, 2009

5 Tips And Secrets For Healthy Summer Skin


May 16, 2009 by Rachel Segal

Celeste Hilling, the host of radio show ‘Skin Health TODAY’ as well as founder and CEO of skincare line Skin Authority, has released her secrets for everyone out there who knows how important summer skin care is, but aren’t sure where to start. Each tip is designed for the savvy woman who understands being beautiful doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are ways to get the job done and still be smart with your money.

Image: Newscom

Image: Newscom

  1. Get Below The Surface: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. When you don’t take care of your skin, dead skin cells accumulate and make your skin appear dull, no matter how much lotion you slather on. Cleansers with glycolic acid help to stimulate resurfacing and Products with micro-resurfacing properties, like pumice, crushed almond, or even corn husk can make for a good all-over exfoliator.
  2. Calming Cellulite: With itty-bitty bikinis in your future, you’ll want to smooth those bumpy patches. The appearance of cellulite can be reduced by using a body scrub with large exfoliators such as ground coffee beans, pumice or bamboo shoots to stimulate circulation. It’s also smart to use a scrub that incorporates caffeine to detoxify or release water from the surface layers of fat to make cellulite look smoother
  3. Tan the Safe Way: Find a fragrance free self-tanner that incorporates AHA for a safe summer glow that doesn’t include the risks of tanning beds or lounging for hours in the sun. Skin Authority’s Knowledge Center has a great video on how to have a positive self-tanning experience.
  4. Last Season’s Sunscreen is so Passé: don’t be so cheap that you miss out on the important stuff necessary to make sunscreen do the job. The active ingredients will inevitably deteriorate over time, so make sure you replace your sun screen every summer. Don’t just apply it once and forget either - reapply a new layer of sunscreen every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun. And make sure you have full UVA and UVB protection with a sunscreen that has more than just SPF 15.
  5. Fancy Feet: For pretty toes you aren’t afraid to show off, apply a 20 percent concentrate of glycolic acid nightly to remove calluses and deep layers of dead skin. Scrub your feet with a pumice stone when you’re in the shower and pick up an at home pedicure kit for a little extra pampering.