Every year, the same thing happens…. July comes around and sales dip. I have heard that other businesses have the same issue. And, I guess it is natural, that when you go on vacation, you leave everything else behind, including your skin care products!
The problem is, your skin could suffer more than you know, even if it is only for a short time. It is not the amount of time that is the problem, it is the kind of damage you can expect when you are out and about for weeks on end…
If you end up on a beach, you are dealing with salt water, wind and sun exposure. This combo is one of the worst for both hair and skin. When I grew up in Norway, Norwegians take full advantage of these conditions. In Norway, the whole winter is very dark and cold and you can’t easily grow food or even hunt for food. So, they are completely dependent on preparing all the food for the whole year during the summer.
So, when they catch fish, they gut it and throw it on a rock. We call it rock fish. It dries up like jerky in no time, and the same can happen to your skin at the beach. Without moisturizer, you’ll end up “well preserved” at the end of your vacation, but that may not be a look that you will appreciate in the long run…
Summer, more than any other time, requires meticulous skin care if you want to preserve your skin’s youthful glow. So, here is what I would suggest:
1) a mild cleanser to remove sweat and sunscreen every night
2) a scrub or mask to remove old skin cells (once or twice a week)
3) a toner with antioxidants to prevent sun damage
4) a moisturizing serum containing hyaluronic acid – this will keep moisture in your skin cells
5) a face oil or rich cream that will seal in the moisture so it doesn’t evaporate
6) a sunscreen or foundation with natural spf
I wouldn’t go anywhere without all of those products in my bag. And, yes, everyone will laugh at you and judge you for bringing half of your bathroom with you just to go to the beach. My family used to judge my grandmother too, when I was just a kid. But, when she was 100 years old and had nicer skin than her own daughter, we didn’t laugh so loud any more. It actually made a huge difference!
It is the daily habits that keep your skin healthy, not a once in a while trip to an esthetician. So, try not to neglect your skin this summer. You’ll be surprised how amazing it feels to totally pamper your skin after a day in sun, wind and water. Make it a commitment to yourself to love your skin! It is definitely worth the effort when you see the result!
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