Vacation season is on the horizon and it’s time to think about getting swimsuit-ready.
Donning a bikini in front of others takes courage and confidence, but if you take good care of your body beforehand you’ll be beach-ready and worry free by the time you hit the sand. Just be sure to eat your full 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day, drink lots of water, and choose your beauty regimen with care.
Waxing: If you’re thinking of getting a bikini wax, do your research before deciding on a spa. Traditional waxing can be harmful to your skin and unsanitary if done incorrectly, so we tend to prefer sugaring (a natural, toxin-free process that only adheres to hair, so it won’t damage your skin).
Tanning: If you want to come to the beach with a glow, skip the tanning beds and try a self-tanner. You can check out our tips for getting the perfect sunless tan if you’re looking for options. And don’t forget to use and reapply sunscreen regularly once you’re out in the sun.
Cleansing: If you think you’re the only person out there with body acne, rest assured that you’re not. Everyone deals with it at some point, and getting rid of it is just a matter living a healthy lifestyle and cleansing regularly. The Clarisonic Body Brush Extension Handle makes it easy to deep-clean hard-to-reach spots like the middle of your back, your knees, and your feet.
Exercise: Try exercises that tone your body, like yoga or jogging. Just don’t stress out about it too much. Extreme dieting and last-minute sets of 100 sit-up repetitions won’t do anything for you but make you tired (and they might even cause more acne!).
Now, get out there and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!
*Photo by Kidoki licensed through Creative Commons
The sun provides us with vitamin D, an essential for our body. However, we have been told time and time again to stay out of the sun. We know the sun causes skin damage that could lead to cancer and premature wrinkles so how do you get adequate Vitamin D without sun damage?
Short amounts of time in the sun are recommended for vitamin D. However, be sure to use an SPF on sensitive areas such as the face, neck and chest. Exposing your arms and legs to the sun for 15 minutes for 3-4 times a week is all you really need to avoid sun damage and get enough vitamin D.
Efficient vitamin D is essential for our bodies. A lack of vitamin D can cause bone health issues, immune disorders, and possibly cancer. However, swapping out one medical condition for another is never ideal. Protect yourself from the sun by trying to remember to use an SPF and only get limited exposure to the sun.
We realize sun exposure in the winter months can be hard to come by in some parts of the world (Especially for us in Washington).Talk to your doctor to make sure you are getting the right dose of vitamin D and if not, perhaps discuss supplements.
Nothing is better than soaking up the warm rays during a lazy summer day. Unfortunately, UV rays from sun exposure can be damaging to the skin.
According to Ask Dr. Graf, sun tanning bombards your body with aging and cancer causing
UV rays. If you crave a bronze glow in the summer months we recommend picking up a sunless/self tanning product for the same cosmetic result without the damaging effects.
Do you have a favorite self/sunless tanning product that you would recommend? We’d love to hear from you! Share with us today.