Looking for healthy, glowing skin, a deeper, richer colour, or a “sun-kissed” look that says you’ve been outside enjoying the weather? Tanning, a process that usually happens after you get an initial sunburn, is NOT the answer. Today’s healthy skin can glow, show colour, even sport a “sun kissed” healthy look without a burn. What’s the harm? According to cancer research, your risk for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, increases with the number of sunburns you’ve had.
Protect with or without tint
Choose a broad screen sunscreen, with UVA/UVB protection. Many formulated for the face are available in tinted varieties. Depending on our skin type and the SPF, you can get complete protection (no burn) or a gradual, safe glow.
Protect and ”tan”
Many self-tanners are on the market that protect skin while the skin slowly takes on a natural-looking tan colour. Carefully test first to make sure the colour works on your skin tone. Always use a different tanning lotion for your face, where your skin is more delicate.
Bronzing without the sun
Invest in one of the many bronzing powders on the market and a large makeup brush. Make the figure 3 on each side of your face, brush your nose, across your forehead and the tip of your chin.
Healthy skin starts with clean skin. Remove all make up at the end of every day, clean at night with a gentle cleanser designed for the face. Splash with clean, clear water every morning.
Consider a gentle facial exfoliant once or twice a week to remove dead skin. This helps encourage new skin and makes it easier for creams and serums to penetrate your pores.
Apply a face cream appropriate to your skin type. If your day cream doesn’t include SPF as sunscreen, add a sunscreen afterwards.
BB Cream: The new BB Cream usually contains a natural tint, face cream and SPF – perfect for summer.
Good Skin Habits
- Wear a hat if you’re in direct sun during the day.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Green tea: the antioxidants, called catechins, improve firmness
- Avocados: Rich in copper, a nutrient that helps build new collagen that prevents lines and wrinkles.
- Tomatoes: The lycopene in tomatoes, which make them red, also boosts natural skin glow.
- Water: Drink 6-8 glasses of water to keep hydrated, and eat foods that encourage the growth of collagen (for skin health).