Shape up this spring, so your body is beach-ready for summer
Okay, so maybe you had good intentions to start shaping up in January. You promised yourself that you’d run on the treadmill for 30 minutes, six days a week; eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day; get eight plus hours of sleep every night; and turn down fun parties that included booze of any kind. Maybe you planned to have a beach-ready body by the first of March, so that maybe—just maybe—you’d finally be ready to sport that itsy-bitsy bikini that has collected dust in your closet (you know, the one that still has the tags intact?).
In truth, you got a late start—or maybe you never started at all. So what? The important thing is that you care enough to start now. SKIN has come up with a few easy ways to shape up in time for some summer fun. Honor your health, your skin and your body this spring, so you’ll look summer fresh—ready to hit the beach running!
More Water, Please
A great body starts with great skin. Hydrate your skin from within by drink-ing tons of water. A person’s body is made up of 60 percent H2O; therefore, it’s imperative to replenish the body’s water supply on a daily basis. Everybody’s water needs vary, and can be dependent on several factors, including health, activity level and place of residence.
On average, drinking eight ounces of water, eight times a day, is a sufficient amount; however, keep in mind that foods also contribute to your daily water intake—especially fruits and vegetables that are made up of nearly 100 percent water by weight (i.e. cucumber and watermelon).
The simple task of drinking plenty of water will not only give you radiant skin, but help you to feel your very best, too.
Berries in Bloom
Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are in full bloom by late spring. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, berries help heal weathered skin. Additionally, the fruit acids found in berries can shrink your pores and tone your skin. (It certainly doesn’t hurt that these fruity delights are good for you, too!)
Spray Your Way to Bronze
Sure, the safest approach to tanning is to keep away from the sun’s rays altogether. But c’mon—we all enjoy some time in the sun every now and again. Wear sunscreen, but spray on your tan. A spray tan gives you a sun-kissed glow, minus the harmful effects of the sun. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the active ingredient in sunless tanning products. When the DHA reacts to the amino acids in the top layer of the epidermis, it creates a tan-like effect.
So, strut your bronzed self on the beach with a smile—you achieved your much-loved tan the healthy way!
Work it Out
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of a better body is exercise. So it comes as no surprise that maintaining an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to get the beach body you want. Rather than sticking to the same boring routine, switch things up a bit: Go hiking on Monday, biking on Tuesday, jogging on Wednesday, dancing on Thursday, and golfing on Friday. Keep your heart rate up for at least 20–30 minutes a few days a week, and strength train at least two days a week—you’ll be beach-body-ready in no time. We guarantee it.
Out with the Old
The term exfoliation has become a cosmetic buzzword, but the process of shedding old skin is an important one. So what exactly does exfoliation entail? It’s simple: Scrubbing away dead skin cells to reveal younger, fresher skin. From at-home care like body scrubs, to spa treatments like chemical peels, exfoliation should occur on a regular basis. Get that healthy glow by shedding old skin… and loving the new you.
You know the drill: Use sunscreen before you begin your day. While daily exposure to sunlight is necessary for the human body, prolonged exposure is detrimental. In fact, wearing sunscreen is equally as important as wearing your seatbelt; it can save your life. UV rays can cause skin cancer and early aging signs—two things we don’t want. It matters no less if the day is cloudy or cold; sunscreen is important at all times.
Get Your Best Body Ever… with Body Revolution
“My mother, who has worked in the skin care industry for several years, has been on the lookout for something that could help reduce the stretch marks and scars on my stomach. When CosMedix launched its Body Revolution system, she had me try it out, understanding the superiority of CosMedix’s products.
I documented my progress and took pictures, because I wanted others to witness the tremendous results that CosMedix offers. In fact, the preparation process alone gave me remarkable results; I felt like a new person when my deep, purple stretch marks started getting lighter and smaller, eventually matching up with the rest of my skin.
I used the 3-Piece Restorative Body Kit, which includes Body Clean, Body Build and Body Shape, for four weeks before my first body peel (Body Lift). During this time, I put together a book of ‘before and after’ pictures for others to see my progress. The pictures spoke volumes—it was clear to others and to myself that the Body Revolution system is effective. My stretch marks are no longer prominent; my scars have faded; and my self-esteem is higher than it’s been in a long time.
Thanks to CosMedix, I feel beautiful again. I am grateful to have been introduced to the Body Revolution system, and I hope my results will inspire others to make a change.”
– by Tanna Drake