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Summer is winding down, but the last rays of sun are still upon us. The recent weather may have drenched us literally and figuratively with rain and humidity but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still sunny days left before we tuck them away for Fall. There might still be a good beach day or two left in us to catch the last hopes of a tan. Perhaps there’s a BBQ or more to attend, jumping in an out of the sprinklers or pools.  With this great power of worshiping the sun comes the great responsibility of caring for the skin you’re in. That being said, it is important not to abandon a good skin and after sun skin care routine simply because Summer is almost done.

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Credit: Clarins

I’m sure we all know this by now but the skin is the body’s largest organ and who wouldn’t want to take care of their vital organs? “The first most important thing about the sun is SPF 50 or higher,” says Clarins Specialist John Ciavolino. “After your fabulous golden glow tan, now is the time to repair the after effects of the sun. By using serums and moisturizers that will build back  any cell damage and hydration.” he continues. With the weather hinging on changing from humid and warm to dry and cool, he suggests you “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!” Quench skin with Clarins’ Pure Oil Blue Orchid and apply that all over your face and neck.  This will help boost hydration levels. Clarin’s Double Serum is suggested as the next step to help with your body’s cell turn over to reveal healthy, refreshed skin after a day at the beach. You can pick these bad boys up at your local Ulta Beauty Store or Clarins counter.

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Credit: Selloscope.com

It’s also still important to wear SPF daily on your face, neck and chest. If you hate getting new wrinkles or sun spots and freckles, then keep wearing it. Even if you find it daunting to put in so much effort, you must do this for yourself. A great product to use for this is Green Goo’s (100% ALL Natural) Solar Goo. It is derived from the simplest ingredients, the two most prevalent being organic coconut oil and organic Shea butter. Great for fighting wrinkles and also works as a naturally derived sunscreen is an added perk. What could be better you ask? Answer; Green Goo’s Skin Repair. Made with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, just slap this slave all over your face and body for a whole multitude of after sun reasons; sun spots, sun burn, wrinkles, scars. Not to mention for puffy eyes and other minor burns. To pick up yours go to www.greengoohelps.com. Trust me, you will want one of your own.

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Credit: SkinCareRX

If your skin is already burned and you are recovering from the harsh reality of not wearing enough sunscreen, it is imperative to heal the skin and put back the moisture it has lost. Besides Aloe Vera, believe it or not, oatmeal helps to cool the skin and stop the burning. Try Dermalogica’s Ultracalming Mist (it has oatmeal extract in it) and spray this all over your affected areas, it’s not just for your face. In my opinion it also helps the peeling not to be as bad. Follow up with their After Sun Repair lotion for any burns on your body and Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30 sunscreen for the face and chest area.  You can find these at your local Ulta Beauty store as well as www.dermalogica.com.

Lastly, don’t forget to drink plenty of water when you’re under the sun, staying hydrated from within is one of the best things you can do for your body! Love your skin and treat it right, it’s the only one you get. Unless you’re Michael Jackson.