If we want to keep looking youthful and energised, taking great care of our body is a must. In spring and summer seasons, our skin, being the first line of defence from the environmental effects, needs some additional care and pampering. Of course, it goes without saying that our face needs a bit more time and treatments in order to say in great shape all year long. This is a true Savant's guide to a beautiful face and healthy body in 5 steps, and it is bound to help you keep up with feeling good in your body.
Words: Brigitte Evans
1. Let’s Start with the Essentials
Every woman knows that regular weekly exfoliation is a must if we want to keep our face fresh and clean. The one thing most aren’t aware of is that, in order to improve on the effect of the chosen exfoliant, we should put a hot towel on our face and hold it for several minutes in order to open up our pores. Of course, it shouldn’t be scorching, since the goal isn’t to burn our skin off. Another essential face treatment is ultrasonic plumping, as it helps deeply hydrate the skin, smooths away fine lines, and provides your face with a dewy glow.
2. Now Over to Hydration
A well hydrated skin has enough elasticity and looks fresh, so choosing the right hydration skin product is essential. This, of course, depends on your skin type, so be careful when researching the contents of your moisturiser. Dry skin typically happens when your skin lacks oil, water, or both, and so it is important that the product you choose contains shea butter, jojoba or coconut oil, and in case you dislike all oil-based moisturisers, you can opt for a cream based one. Whichever one you choose, it needs to contain a SPF, so as to keep your face safe from the damaging sun rays.
3. Do Something Special for Your Skin this Spring / Summer
Spring and summer are the seasons when the largest surface of our body is exposed to sun rays, as we spend our days in light clothes or bathing suits. Due to this fact, a lot of women resort to frequent shaving, thus irritating the skin more than necessary. There is no better solution for summer months than a quality hair removal treatment, of course ,this is something you could do all year round in order to have beautiful skin and save up on time. The next recommendation for summer is adding a high SPF body cream to your routine. Just because you tan easily doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your skin from dangers of long-term sun exposure.
4. Your Body Cream Needs a Firming Agent
Yes, you’ve read well. This is an absolute must. Ingredients like pepids, alpha lipoic acid and retinoids aid your skin's collagen production, thus keeping it elastic and smooth. Another excellent ingredient is Coenzyme Q10. Just be careful, you should have separate body lotions for your bust, thighs and the rest of your body. It is good idea to include a bust-lifting cream in your twenties in case you have larger breast, as to avoid stretch marks. Your derriere and thighs need a stronger firming and anti-cellulite cream, rather than just a great body lotion. This can take time when it comes to the application process, but you are definitely worth it.
5. Nutrition is As Important
What we eat and drink has a profound effect on our skin, so it is extremely important to introduce the right kind of foods into our diet if we want to maintain that youthful glow and skin quality. Start with introducing more fatty fish meals into your diet, as they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are necessary for keeping your skin thick, supple and moisturised. Next, add some avocados to your plate, they are a good source of vitamin E, a valuable antioxidant that helps protect the skin from oxidative damage. Of course, vitamin C rich foods are a must, they even improve the performance of vitamin E, making you skin even healthier.
So, there you have it: an extensive guide to perfect face and body this spring. It is important that our skin gets all the nutrients both from the products we use and the food we eat. But let’s not forget that our choice of skin care treatments is equally important for maintaining healthy skin all year long.