John Snow may be dreading winter, but our current challenge is summer. We have some helpful advice and tips on how to adjust to the coming heat, humidity, and longer days ahead.
1. Sunscreen should be fresh. If yours doesn't have an expiration date and you can't remember when you purchased it, it's time for a fresh tube.
2. If you must have a tan, make it a fake one. Use self-tanner on your body and bronzer on your face for glow without risk of streaks.
3. Did you know more sunglasses are sold in Seattle per capita than any other city in the U.S? (Yes, it's probably because we lose track of them during the rain season.) Wear yours to protect the delicate eye skin from U.V. damage (crows feet).
4. Alternating body exfoliation between mechanical and chemical (alpha hydroxy acids) is more effective than either one alone. Alternate between the two nightly to ensure your skin looks it's best. We recommend using sugar or salt with your regular shower gel instead of commercial body exfoliating products. It's effective, won't harm the environment, and less expensive than commercially produced products. Just squirt some gel into your hand, add a couple of tablespoons of salt or sugar, rub, and rinse.
5. If you tend to breakout more in the summer, try a toner with salicylic acid to keep pores from becoming congested. If you're using a creamy cleanser, you may also want to switch to one without as many emollients.
6. Lighter, brighter, and softer shades of makeup and clothes are called for in summer days - from eyes to toes. French manicures, white t-shirts and tanks, lip stains (longer lasting than lipstick) and blushes in shades of rose or pink will help keep you looking fresh. Using a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen may be a great alternate for foundation.
7. Ultrasound cavitation (non-invasive body contouring) can help you look sleeker by reducing pockets of stubborn fat and the appearance of cellulite. Best of all, the results are as permanent as diet and exercise if your weight is stable. (Yes, we offer it and it's on SALE. $50 for a one hour treatment for a limited time.)
8. A messy bun will get long hair off your neck and back to keep you feeling cooler - it's this year's beach waves. Simply pull your hair back in your hand, twist it, roll it into a bun shape, and secure with an elastic large enough to fit around the bun a couple of times. If your hair is fine, you can add texture to it with a sea salt spray or dry shampoo.
9. Air conditioning isn't something all Seattleites have the luxury of enjoying and heat can really mess with our sleep patterns. Sleeping on clean sheets in a clean bedroom actually helps. For even better sleep during summer, use light colored, 100% cotton sheets. Sleeping in a wet t-shirt also helps by reducing body temperature.
10. When you're overheated and need to cool down fast, use ice packs on pulse points (wrists, neck, elbows, behind knees).