March is here and, let’s be real: before you know it, we’ll be smack-dab in the middle of summer. Now is the time to formulate a head-to-toe plan to be ready for longer days and stronger rays.
We trust you already have a sunblock that you use every day, rain or shine. If not, stop by. (And don’t forget your neck!) There’s no real need to go over SPF 30, and it should feel good on your face rather than greasy or heavy.
But don’t forget that your scalp and hair need protection, too — especially locks that are color treated. Hair mists and leave-in conditioners can protect from UV damage and add hydration to counter the drying effects of the sun. Finally, top off all your efforts with a cute hat, which can protect your face and hair while making a fashion statement. Hint: raffia is all the rage this season, and the natural, straw color goes with everything!
In terms of medi-spa services that will help you get ready for spring, consider IPL (intense pulsed light) facial therapy. Sometimes referred to as a photofacial, it’s a targeted and painless way to treat skin challenges such as sun damage, rosacea, acne scars, age spots, wrinkles and even unwanted hair. During the treatment, a handheld device delivers pulses of broad-spectrum light to the skin on a molecular level. Because IPL is noninvasive, there’s very little downtime, so you’ll be feeling and looking great quickly. In fact, makeup can be used right away — as long as it’s applied and removed gently.
If you’re interested (and, who isn’t interested in more radiant skin?), talk with your trained skincare specialist to learn all of the details. If you decide to move forward with IPL, avoid direct sunlight, tanning beds, collagen injections, chemical peels, aspirin and ibuprofen for the two weeks prior to your treatment. Toned body, toned skin: if these are summer goals, the time to begin working toward them is now.
Al fresco dinners, barbeques, pool parties and the beach: if you’re lucky, these outdoor activities are all on the horizon. Take steps now, both at home and at the medi-spa, so that you’re ready when it’s time to put on the tank top, the bathing suit, the flip flops. Summertime: ready or not, here it comes!