Body Skincare: Tips for Summer Fun in the Sun

Welcome Dee McLaughlin, owner of Walkin' On Sunshine, who is guest blogging this week on the La Belle Studio Blog! Dee is sharing her expertise on sunless tanning, body skincare, and product tips.  

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Hey, y’all! Happy almost Memorial Day Weekend! So, with this phrase comes the right to bare arms, legs and bathing suit SKIN!

Knowing that this winter has been rough on the body, let's go over a few things to help you get your skin prepped and ready for “Fun in the Summer Sun.”

1. DIY Ways to Exfoliate

So first, we need to get rid of that dry, flaky dead skin. Some may choose to go to a spa for a relaxing full body exfoliation treatment. However, if time doesn’t allow, or it’s not in your budget, no worries. A steamy shower or hot bath with a homemade exfoliant will totally do the trick.

Quick DIY Tip: To create your own exfoliant, use coconut oil or honey (a tablespoon) and sea salt (teaspoon). For sensitive skin, substitute oatmeal for sea salt and squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. Our clients have been using this mixture for years, and it works like a charm! 

Now that we have a fresh canvas, it’s time to moisturize DAILY.

2. Apply moisturizer First, Then Sunblock 

To maximize your moisturizer's effects, apply your moisturizer followed by a lotion-based sunblock. (Do this before you get dressed in the morning.) It will allow for the moisturizer to absorb into the skin. If you reverse the order, the sunblock will prevent absorption. 

Make sure you are using SPF always, even in your daily travels or activities. You’d be surprised by the amount of sun exposure you get in a short amount of time. 

Doing this will not only protect your skin, but your spray tan, too! Oh and peeps, remember that sunblock is not a one and done! You should reapply frequently as the rays these days are super strong. Plus, water activities will require reapplication, too.

And don't forget to reapply your moisturizer again at night, after you've washed off your sunblock!  

3. Moisturizers That prolong Spray tans 

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For those looking for a moisturizer to prolong your tan, we love Amir Argan Oil,  and so do our clients. This product is also available at Walkin' On Sunshine. 

I also always recommend coconut oil because it has a natural SPF of 4-5. It's not much SPF, but it adds additional coverage to normal sunblock. Also Mina Organics Hemp moisturizer is fabulous, too, and also available at Walkin' On Sunshine. 

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Another option are dry oil sprays which work well, too. If applying outdoors, be sure to spray away from the wind so it actually hits. And avoid anything oil-based around your eyes, especially if you're wearing lash extensions.

Now You're Summer Skin Ready!

And there you go, in just a few easy steps, your skin is refreshed, glowing, prepped and ready to go get that spray tan or hang out in the sun.

Here's to a great start to a wonderful summer full of fun, awesome glowing skin, and loads of cherished memories for all!

To schedule your pre-wedding, vacation, beach, and summer party spray tans, call 302-545-6124 to book your appointment at one of our two locations: La Belle Studio in Middletown, or Maureen's Hair Salon and Day Spa in Wilmington's Pike Creek area! 

Peace, Love, and SunShine peoples!! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

5 Essential Summer Must-Haves

Memorial Day is right around the corner and that means so is summer!  We're sharing our TOP 5 MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS for the season. Our picks include summery candles, personal care, and even a dash of fashion.  

1. Moderncity + Main Candles

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If you haven't discovered local Delaware gem Moderncity + Main yet, consider grabbing one of their natural soy candles to burn during the summer months. 

For a fruity summer vibe, you can't go wrong with Coconut Lime or Georgia Peach. Or go for the classic Sand + Surf for the ultimate beach candle.

Sizes include wax melts, 4 oz travel tins, and 9 oz glass jars. Shop online, or stop by La Belle Studio who also carries a select variety. 

2. 32 OZ BUBBA WATER MUGS

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Not drinking enough water can make your skin appear dull and potentially increase oil production, resulting in breakouts. And in the summertime, you really need to stay on top of your water intake.

We love the 32 oz Bubba Water Mugs. They're available in a variety of colors and sizes, plus they're dishwasher-safe which makes cleaning them super easy. And since they're insulated to lock in cold, they're guaranteed to stay chill during the hottest of summer days. 

3. Davines Ol All in one milk

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Davines Ol All in One Milk is legit magic in a bottle. It's one of our go-to products, especially for curly hair.  It not only controls frizz, it also adds shine and softness to your hair. 

No more worrying about summer humidity with this holy grail product in your beauty arsenal. 

4. Black Floppy Bow Hat

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Protect your face from the sun with a chic Black Floppy Bow Hat from Nicole J Boutique in Middletown.

It will look adorable paired with sundresses and coverups, or outfits like this one.

Shopping Tip: Check out NJB Style Saturdays where owner Nicole will personally help you put together outfits. 

5. Coola Makeup Setting Spray With SPF 30 

Set and forget makeup meltdowns with Coola Makeup Setting Spray With SPF 30.

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This spray sets makeup and protects the skin from harmful UV rays. It also soothes with cucumber and aloe vera extracts, plus uses hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to rehydrate skin. 

Like all products that incorporate skincare properties, be sure to do a skin patch test first to avoid any potential reactions. If you experience irritation, try Urban Decay's All Nighter, another fantastic makeup setting spray. Just be sure to still apply sunscreen on your face (and allover your body), too! 

Need to Get Rid of Winter Fuzz?

Warmer weather means more exposed skin. Give us a call at 302-656-0555302-378-8880 to schedule your waxing session. Also check out our posts Body Waxing 101 and Brazilian Waxing 101 for answers to FAQs.