The summer not only wreaks havoc on your face, but your body can also accumulate buildup of residue from chlorine and salt, with the harsh summer rays drying out your skin. Fortunately, there are several very good solutions out there to restore and maintain your skin's luminosity and brilliance!
There are a few great products from AVENE, a skincare line based on the premise of hydrotherapy, that are essentials for your summer body care. Start with the AVENE Gentle Cleanser for intolerant skin. Because of the infusions of natural mineral water, this cleanser does not even need to be rinsed off and is great for hypersensitive skin that has been exposed to the sun all summer long. It is recommended for use after certain cosmetic procedure, but works perfectly for post-sun as well.
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Next, make sure that you continue to use a good quality sunscreen (or start if you haven't been). I really like sunscreens that come in a spray bottle such as the Moderate Protection Spray from AVENE with an SPF of 20! The spray bottle keeps the lotion off your hands and makes it SO easy to reapply as needed. This is a MUST HAVE for any beach or pool bag!
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Now that you have baked in the sun all summer, the best way to keep your skin from further damage (which actually continues to occur even after you have gotten out of the sun) is to keep it moisturized. Another great product from AVENE is their After-Sun Lotion with a lipid complex and safflower and soybean oils to repair damage and create a protective barrier over the skin. TIP: I like to keep this lotion in the refrigerator, so that it goes on cool to sooth sun-damaged skin (this is especially good if you have gotten a sunburn).
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REMEMBER, the sun is the SINGLE WORST thing for you skin, and contributes to premature aging, wrinkles, ages spots, and increases free radicals in the skin, so if you MUST be in the sun, MAKE SURE to protect yourself!!!