Summer Skin: Time to Shed

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By Christine King

As spring approaches thoughts turn to our appearance, in all ways. Even South Floridians take advantage of “sweater weather.” Sadly it’s time to recognize it will soon be 90 degrees (with a “little” added humidity!) Now is the time to prepare for the shedding of layers, including your skin.

During my visit to the International Spa Association (ISPA) conference in Las Vegas, I discovered a few lovely treasures to make this process more enjoyable. Before approaching manipulation of the skin from the outside, however, we must first address the “inside” treatment of the body’s largest organ.

Exercise and proper nutrition work to naturally detox the skin. Not to mention the toning benefits and reduction of lumps and bumps in obvious places. In summation, skin preparation is an inside and outside job.

Begin the inside activation with toning and cardio activities. Without perspiration, or “glow” the skin misses out on highly effective natural detoxification. Results are ten-fold when the shedding process begins in this fashion. Eliminating toxins with activity while using complimentary products equals a home run.

There are thousands of skin care products on the market. This “shedding experiment” included the inside job of clean eating and exercise along with using one of the newest product launches from Éminence Organic Skin. The timing was perfect as I was preparing for a vacation.

One month prior to departure I began dry brushing before showering. Using a natural bristle brush, simply brush all body parts towards the heart. Humans shed almost one million skin cells over a 24-hour period [source: Boston Globe]. Dry brushing is a powerful detoxification aid which removes dead and dry skin, stimulates the lymphatic system, and helps to release toxins. After showering skin is extra soft.

From the Éminence line, three times per week I used the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant on face and body. Sprinkle soft white powder into your hand and add water as needed. This exfoliant is gentle and amazing. Daily. The routine was simple. Cleansing with the Stone Crop Gel Wash, a swipe under the eyes with Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum, Bamboo Firming Fluid for the entire face and finish with the Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer. For some, this may sound like a process, but it was really easy! I loved the touch and feel of each product and the scent was minimal. (I’m not a fan of heavy scented skin care.)

After a month my skin was refreshed, renewed and ready for vacation. Next was how to maintain my healthy glow AND get some sun. Coola was the answer. I also met them at ISPA and was very
impressed with their advances in sun care products. The sunscreen is plant based and 70% certified organic. I used the SPF 30 spray along with their groundbreaking lip protection. Lips burn easily and I always used that gorgeous white zinc. Coola created a beautiful line of SPF 30 tinted lip protection with zinc. Mission accomplished!

While attending these ginormous conferences tons and tons of products are at your disposal. In experimenting with any given line I’ll always give you my honest opinion. I hope this helps your “shedding process.” Happy summer skin prep!