and the Beach
bathing beauty-ful skin isnt as simple as throwing on the latest
micro-mini bikini or trendy tankini. Exposed skin is vulnerable to a
variety of environmental insults, not to mention needing to overcome
a season or two worth of neglect.
You Hit The Beach
face it, everyone fantasizes about golden, glistening, gorgeous looking
skin. So if youve got it, flaunt it. If you dont, work on
it. Chances are, youll be pretty happy with your efforts.
few simple steps to getting healthy looking beach-y skin. Exfoliate,
hydrate, glisten and protect.
dry skin isnt glamorous. In fact its just plain unhealthy
looking. Simple fixes include light physical exfoliation (look to DermaNew
Microdermabrasion Total Body Experience) and/or a bit of
chemical exfoliation blended with a hydrating factor. Products containing
AHAs such as M.D.
Forte Hand & Body Cream or urea (such as Carmol
20) will work wonders in no time. Skip applying these immediately
after any physical exfoliation. Instead, apply a bland emollient such
Moisturizing Skin Care Cream or TheraSeal
Hand Protection to help seal and soften skin. Later in the
day, apply your active moisturizer and save yourself possible
stinging that may occur if applied immediately after home microdermabrasion.
exfoliated, youve hydrated, now you want your skin looking sun
kissed before you put in an appearance at your favorite hot spot.
Everyone knows its unhealthy to get suntanned the old-fashioned
way. The question remains, how to look bronzed and beautiful without
your concerns, you say, about the need to get a base tan
at a tanning salon before heading poolside? Despite the popular notion
that tanning beds offer a safe alternative to getting a
tan, nothing could be further from the truth. Most of the more than
1 million Americans who seek out tanning salons nationwide are unaware
that a mere 20 minutes spent in a tanning booth is the equivalent of
spending an entire day at the beach. And in addition to the intensity
of tanning bed rays, youre also likely doing more damage in the
tanning bed since you probably apply sunscreen at the beach. Recent
UV exposure in a tanning bed can make the skin even more vulnerable
to outdoor sunburns. So, there really is no such thing as helping protect
your skin by getting a base tan.
A Healthy Tan The Old Fashioned Way
Out Of A Bottle (Or Booth)!
continue to be the mainstay of achieving that bronzed look safely. No
longer the foul smelling, orange staining concoctions of our youth,
self-tanners have matured along with the rest of us. Self-tanners contain
the active agent dihydroxyacetone. This ingredient works by way of a
chemical reaction with the most superficial cells of the epidermis that
colors the skin. The intensity of color depends on the amount of DHA,
usually from 3.5 to about 5 percent as well as the number of applications
and the frequency of use. DHA has been determined to be a safe ingredient
by the FDA. Self-tanners typically last between 3-4 days. Reapplication
of a self-tanner every few days will maintain your bronzed appearance.
however, are tanning pills. These contain canthaxanthin an ingredient
implicated in causing hives and drug induced hepatitis. Others contain
large amounts of beta carotene, and related color additives that produce
a tan by colorizing the skin. The color will vary by individual and
may look tan but some unfortunates will find their skin looking orange
(think about consuming far too many carrots and developing carotenemia)
or even pink! None of these additives are FDA approved for use as a
tanning products that contain sunscreens can be confusing. The sunscreen
only lasts until the area has gotten wet from water contact or sweat.
Sunless tanners do not provide sun protection on their own. The brown
color has no ability to guard against the sun. Dont forget your
want to feel like youre experiencing the hedonism of the tropics
try a self-tanner California
North Titanium Self Tanner. Or if trying a self tanner at
home seems daunting, consider going for a Mystic Tan. Now available
under a number of names (sort of how the names Aspirin and Kleenex are
now generic over their original brands), one stands in a
specially designed booth and evenly sprays a fine mist of self-tanner
onto every uncovered surface. Some contain a visible bronzer so that
color is visible from the moment the treatment is performed. Whether
containing a bronzing agent or not, it will still take the DHA a few
hours to make the skin look tanned.
benefit of using a self-tanner - cellulite will appear less visible.
you get your faux glow, in order to make it glisten, try
applying a product designed to do just that. Body builders and those
in the know may apply Cellex-C
Body Sheen & Toning Gel before unveiling for eye catching
to keep in mind for your day in the sun:
it seems obvious, but make certain a broad spectrum SPF 30 is applied
at least 15 minutes before getting out into the suns harsh rays.
And reapply, reapply, reapply. When you get out of the water, towel
off, or are sweating from a great game of volleyball, reapply your
sunscreen no matter if the label says water-proof or not.
Its the main way to protect your skin.
along, and wear, your UV protective sunglasses. Your eyes will thank
you for the protection against cataract and melanoma formation. Plus
it will make it all the easier to focus and look cool, too.
is extremely harsh to the skin. High alkalinity disrupts the protective
acid mantle and can leave skin dry, sensitive and irritated. It can
also discolor color-treated hair, especially those with blonde tresses,
so wash that chlorine right out of your hair!
Color Treated Hair
note, its not just the chlorine that can do a number to your
hair. Its the sun. UV rays will bleach out hair color, we all
remember trying to add lemon highlights to our hair when we were younger.
But after paying for hair color (even brunettes), the sun can discolor
the hair. If you have a sun-protective hair leave-in conditioner,
it would be ideal to apply it. A hat works wonders, too.
Beach & Bikini Bumps