Sun Splash’s Top Tips for Sexy Summer Ready Skin

Sun Splash Spray tan The skin is the largest organ of the body and we need to treat it with tender loving care.

Drink lots of water

Drinking water is seriously underestimated, I swear by it for fabulous skin.  Not only does water have no fat, no calories, no carbs and no sugar (yay!) it also makes up more than 60% of our body mass. It is the main ingredient in all body fluids, including lymph, blood, digestive juices, urine, tears and sweat so it just makes sense to drink it on a daily basis.  As for our skin water provides our biggest organ with buoyancy and elasticity so it needs to stay hydrated from the inside out.

Top tip: Always have a glass of water on the go.  If you are starting to feel hungry drink a glass of water before you eat anything as your body may be tricking you and you may be thirsty not hungry.

Exfoliate at least twice a week

Exfoliating removes dead skin from the upper layers leaving new and younger skin to shine through.  Check out this blog post – “How to Exfoliate without using Chemicals”, for some hints and tips

Top tip: Exfoliate in the morning to wake you up and give your skin a healthy glow.

Remove unwanted hair 

For ultra sleek and smooth skin the hair has to come off! Before carrying out any hair removal exfoliate first, this will help to lift any hairs that may’ve ingrown. There are a few ways to remove the hair: shaving, waxing, electrolysis etc. in a salon or DIY, go with whatever suits you the best.  Always perform hair removal 24 hours before having a spray tan, this will ensure your pores are closed for an even application.

Top tip: Hair conditioner is a great alternative to shaving cream.

Moisturize

We drink water to improve our skin from the inside but we also need to keep it hydrated from the outside too. Moisturizers hold water in the outermost layer of skin and they also act as a temporary barrier (which is why you must not apply moisturizer before a spray tan).

Moisturize your whole body after you get out of water to keep the skin from drying out.

Its best to use a moisturizer especially formulated for your skin type, especially on your face.

Top tip: Don’t forget your feet – before getting into bed slather on moisturizer and wake up to super soft feet.

Have a Sun Splash spray tan

Sunburn is not sexy (or safe) and the only way to look sun kissed and sexy the healthy way is to imitate it with a Sun Splash Spray tan.  Remember to exfoliate your whole body before a spray tan. To extend the life of your tan, avoid soaps or body washes containing heaps of chemicals as these will strip your tan, exfoliate gently after day 4 and moisturize at least once a day… twice a day is even better!

Top tip: Use a body wash and moisturizer specially formulated for use with spray tans.

Have a great skincare routine

To keep skin looking youthful you need to follow a daily skin care routine.  I don’t mean just remembering to take your make up off before bed but also, exfoliating, moisturizing and applying sunscreen to your whole body.  Weekly treatments such as facemasks suitable for your skin type should also be included.  Do you need any more of an excuse to book that facial or body treatment!

Top tip: Avoid hot showers; water that is too hot for the skin will dry it out.

Use sun protection

The main cause of wrinkles is damage done by the sun.  The sun dehydrates your skin and damages it through ultraviolet (UV) radiation that penetrates below its top layer. The greatest damage occurs deep in the dermal layer, where elastin and collagen fibers break down quickly…. this leads to loose, sagging, deeply wrinkled, and older-looking skin.

Of course we don’t want to completely stay out of the sun as we need to maintain our vitamin D levels but wearing sunscreen is so very necessary especially for those of us that live in Australia.  Sensible sun protection will not put you at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Do not be tricked into thinking that a spray tan will protect you against damaging UV radiation.  Apply an oil free sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. A sunscreen that is not oil free will strip your spray tan.

Top tip: Slip on a shirt, Slop on the 30+ oil free sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek shade or shelter, Slide on some sunnies. – “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide”.  www.cancer.org.au/ for more information.

Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you feel and look your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and lean proteins. Stay away from processed food and cut down on your sugar intake.  Research suggests that a diet rich in vitamins and minerals from natural sources and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

Top tip: Replace sugar in your tea or coffee with honey, a natural sugar substitute.

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