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!