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What you should be doing now to get great skin by summer

May 21, 2014

Summer is just around the corner and the sooner you start thinking about your summer skin care system, the better your chances are for reclaiming a youthful complexion in time for bikini season. Get ready to complete these tasks to achieve the summer-ready look you want:

Start fresh
Winter can cause a lot of damage to your skin, especially when it's as brutal as the season many faced this year (all those subzero days can take their toll). Dry winter weather sucks the moisture out of your skin and the abrasive elements damage your cells. But now it's spring and you can reinvigorate your appearance. Start by getting rid of all the negative chemicals in your body and removing dead cells using a few simple techniques. First of all, switch to skin care products that focus on unclogging pores and contain astringents. You may even want to try a gentle exfoliating product to help remove the layers of damaged cells left in the wake of winter. This step is all about getting rid of the old so you can repair your complexion from the inside out.

Replace nutrients
Now that your skin is ready to start anew (no more dull and dead cells hiding your glowing face), you should replenish your skin cells. Choose cleansers, toners, serums and moisturizers that contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and natural ingredients that will promote cell turnover and hydrate your skin. For example, hyaluronic acid is a compound your body creates naturally that helps your cells hold water. However, when you turn 40, your body produces half as much hyaluronic acid as it did in your 20s. Look for skin care products that contains hyaluronic acid to help your face get a much-needed moisture boost.

Fight wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles pop up on everyone, but you certainly don't have to tolerate them. You want to get out in the summer sun and show off your great complexion this year, so why not make wrinkle reduction a priority during spring? You can even combat the signs of aging from your home without resorting to invasive procedures! The NuFACE Trinity® Facial Trainer Kit uses microcurrent to gently stimulate the larger surface areas of the face like the jawline, cheekbones and forehead. Microcurrent will also reeducate your facial muscles to become more toned and defined, the way they were years ago. Start using now to see results by summer.

Grab sunscreen
Having more daylight hours and an increased amount of warm sunshine might improve your mood (vitamin D certainly works wonders), but it can also harm your skin. Finish out spring and begin summer with healthy skin by using a good sunscreen - nothing puts a damper on a great appearance like the red and flaky skin associated with sunburn. You should reach for a product with SPF 30 to 50. Anything below that isn't effective enough to protect your skin, and anything higher doesn't help more than the SPF 50 does. Apply your sunscreen every day before going outside, even if the weather is overcast.