Summer is finally here! We all have been waiting to show off our bronzed legs and sun-kissed cheeks. Unfortunately there is no such thing as a “healthy tan”.
Sun exposure causes the most damage to our skin and is the single biggest culprit in aging skin. So how come Hollywood stars are sporting a healthy glow all summer long? It is no secret they take care of their skin from inside out as well. Beauty is after all “skin deep”.
* A healthy diet can work wonders for your skin. Stimulate your complexion’s collagen growth with food rich in antioxidants, including leafy green vegetables, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruits and oranges. All these fruits are a good source of vitamin C and contain a good amount of water that keeps your body hydrated. A hydrated body equals a plumped, vibrant healthy skin.
* Moisturize your skin: don’t stop using a face moisturizer during the summer even if your skin is oily. The hydrating ingredients (including water) in face creams help keep skin cells functioning properly. Catherine Zeta Jones admits: “I was under the impression for many years that if you put on too much moisturizer, your makeup isn’t going to stay on, which is a complete fallacy. I’ve found that Prevage Anti-Aging Serum helps my skin glow and stay hydrated without looking greasy at all”
* Use Sunscreen: how much is enough? Choose a formula with no less than SPF 30. Slather one tablespoon over your face and about a shot glass worth of lotion over your body. Reapply every 2 hrs after swimming. Jennifer garner practices safe sun everyday: “My mom has always been a great believer in sunblock and now I use Neutrogena Pure & Free baby sunblock on myself and my daughters.”
* Get your glow on: skipping on the harsh UVA’s does not mean skipping on a beautiful tanned skin. Fake it, don’t bake it! Jennifer Lopez has admitted to faking her signature bronze. For an easy daily faux glow she mixes one part self tanner with two to three parts moisturizer and applies it every other night before bed.
Beyonce eye-catching highlights are not just for her hair and face. She adds a pinch of bronze shimmer (makeup) to her body oil and applies it to her arms, legs and shoulders for all over sexy iridescence.
Well, there you have it! Four easy steps on keeping that beautiful skin of yours healthy and glowing all summer long. And don’t forget ladies, when it comes to beauty: it’s in the eye of the beholder!