Your Fourth of July Beauty Pre-Game Plan
For us, Independence Day not only means celebrating our freedom as Americans, but also a time for independence from makeup. After all, traditional Fourth of July celebrations usually include swimming, sunning and sweating…none of which are conducive to makeup wearing. Invest in a solid pre-game plan for this Fourth of July weekend to keep you looking and feeling beautiful, naturally.
Your skin is constantly producing new, healthy skin cells to replace old, dead cells. In young skin, this cellular turnover process takes about 40 days – about 28 days for a new skin cell to reach the skin’s surface and about 12 days for the old skin cell to slough off. However, the skin’s natural exfoliation process slows as you age, resulting in a rougher, duller complexion. Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week to speed up the time it takes for dead skin cells to naturally slough off. This is particularly important during the summer months; as it will help improve your tan, enable a closer shave and help skin keep that summer skin glow and radiance.
Focus on Hair Removal
‘Tis the season to show some skin. Although hair removal in recent years has become more of a personal preference than a societal norm (hey, you do you boo!), if you are on the less is more side of the hair opinions, now is the time to start the removal process. From waxing to shaving, depilatory creams to epilators, sugaring to lasers, there are about a million ways to remove unwanted body hair. If you are new to some of these methods, or are unsure which is best for you, start early by testing each one, giving it 2 – 4 weeks in between treatments. Whichever one you decide is best for you, make sure to do it 3 – 7 days prior to going into a pool or saltwater to reduce irritation.
Clear Up Your Skin
The first step to going makeup-free is getting your skin in tip-top shape. Renew and revitalized tired, dull-looking skin and reveal the glowing, healthy, younger-looking skin beneath. Available for a limited time, we have pulled together our best renewing skincare products into one Skin Bloom Regimen. This set includes our Cell Refresh Hydrating Cleanser, Cell Reboot Exfoliating Skin Polisher, Cell Rescue Active Gel Toner, Cell Revive Collagen Complete and Cell Renew Moisture Complete. Welcome in beautiful summer skin with all the possibilities of a new season.
Invest in Lash Extensions
Though we scoffed at how ridiculous putting hair extensions on our eyelashes sounds, we’ve come to discover it is truly a revolutionary and life-changing beauty treatment! And summer is the perfect time to test eyelash extensions out. After all, who wants to put on mascara before swimming or sweating, just to have it clump up or drain off in the water? Eyelash extensions are waterproof, helping you look wide awake, beautiful and like you have makeup on, no matter what summer activity you are participating in.
Step Up Your SPF Game
Not all sunscreens are created equal. In fact, some can be downright harmful to your skin and health. A safe sunscreen should be all natural and formulated with mineral sunscreens, such as Zinc Oxide. It should also be broad spectrum, which means that it protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays, both of which are responsible for sunburns. Use a lotion, not a spray. Spray sunscreens pose an inhalation risk and may not provide a thick and even coating on the skin. So forego the convenience in favor of skin health and pick a lotion sunscreen. A good sunscreen is multifunctional with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection as well as being anti-inflammatory, hydrating and delivering anti-aging benefits, like our Cell Renew SunVeil™ Complete OneTint™ Moisturizer.
Prepare for Post Event
How you treat your skin following your Independence Day adventures is just as important to maintaining healthy beautiful skin for the rest of summer. After sun exposure, use a repair and restore cream formulated with nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents to help heal any sun or environmental damage to your skin. Your post sun routine will help improve your skin sensitivity, prevent skin aging and help you keep your healthy glow all summer long.
Ready for Independence Day? We are! Tell us what plans you have in the comments.
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