Ten Tips for Sexy Summer Skin

I used to be one of those people who thought she’d never burn.  I took this mindset with me as I visited the Bahamas and decided to lay out all day.  I got back home with a huge burn on my chest.  Learn from my mistake.  Everyone burns; skin is skin.  Take care of it now; you’ll thank me later.

1.  Sunblock

This summer essential absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation helping to prevent skin cancer.  Many sunscreens do not block UVA radiation, which does not cause sunburn but can increase the rate of melanoma, so you could be exposed to high UVA levels without realizing it.  Using broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen protects you from both types of sunrays.  Be sure to cover all exposed skin, including the part in your hair, the top of your ears and your feet.  Purchase an SPF over 30 and apply before heading outside.

Resource: Wikipedia

2.  Shade

Most of us seek shade as an escape from the heat.  While shade is a great respite, it’s also saving your life.  Shade protects you from the damaging effects of the suns UV rays, but not all shades are created equally.  What’s the best shade for you?  Trees!  Trees with large spread of dense foliage best protect us from the sun.  If you can, choose a tree near other trees or buildings to further block out the sky.

Resource: skincancer.org

Shade is your best friend
Shade is your best friend

3. Protect Yourself from the Elements

Pool chlorine and sea salt can irritate your skin, and the constant heat can dehydrate you.  Be sure to rinse off thoroughly with fresh water after hitting the beach or pool and say hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water every day (more if you’re out and sweating a lot).

Resource:  Daily Glow

Rinse off and reapply sunblock after water activites
Rinse off and reapply sunblock after water activites

4. Avoid Peak hours of the Sun

The sun’s rays are the strongest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you risk the most skin damage if you head outside during those hours, especially during the summer. Don’t think you’re protected on overcast days — the most damaging ultraviolet rays penetrate cloud cover.

Resource:  Daily Glow

Avoid peak hours of the sun
Avoid peak hours of the sun

5. Change Your Pillow Case

This is something you might not think about, but oil collects on your pillow after you sleep on it each night.  This is often the reason why your face feels greasy when you wake up.

6. Reapply Sunscreen

Sunscreen only lasts about two hours after application and needs to be reapplied in sufficient quantities, probably about the size of a quarter onto the hand and apply that dollop or quarter onto the face for adequate protection.

An SPF of 30 is probably the magic number. You can also protect your skin with clothing: hats, umbrellas and tightly woven clothing.

Already been burned?  Follow these tips (resource:  skincancer.org)

7. Moisturize

After a cool shower or bath, slather on a moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Repeat frequently to make peeling and flaking less noticeable. And consider a product containing vitamin C and vitamin E: It might help limit skin damage (though studies have not proved that), says Shawn Allen, a dermatologist in Boulder, Colo., and spokesman for The Skin Cancer Foundation. It’s also OK to use a hydrocortisone cream for a day or two to relieve discomfort, Allen says. Not OK: scrubbing, picking or peeling your skin or breaking blisters.

8. Hydrate

Any burn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. So drink extra water, juice and sports drinks for a couple of days and watch for signs of dehydration: Dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, dizziness and sleepiness. Children are especially vulnerable, so check with a doctor if they appear ill.

This is a joke...hydrate with water!
This is a joke…hydrate with water!

 

9. Don’t Wait to Medicate

Take (or give your child) a dose of ibuprofen (for example, Advil) as soon as you see signs of sunburn and keep it up for the next 48 hours, Schmitt advises. “It cuts back on the swelling and redness that is going to occur” and might prevent some long-term skin damage. “It’s not just treating the symptoms; it’s treating the severity of the symptoms.” Acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) will treat the pain, but does not have the same anti-inflammatory effect.

10. BE SMART

  • Wear sunblock
  • If you stay outside all day, reapply
  • Find shade when you need to.

Take care of yourself and enjoy summer.

Roadtrip to Charleston, SC

Charleston Bridge

Who knew Charleston, SC was so much fun?!  We headed down to Charleston for a weekend trip and took in all this charming city had to offer.

Are you a shopaholic?  Get your fix on King Street.  Situated in the heart of downtown, King Street is a charming outdoor shopping mall.  From Brooks Brothers to Victoria Secret and everything in between, King Street has what you’re looking for.  Forbes Traveler named the King Street Fashion district one of the “10 Tope Shopping Districts in the USA”.  The Fashion District has handbags and shoes straight from the runway.

Looking for something a little older?  The King Street Antique District is the place for you.  Voted “Best antique shopping in the US” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, you can find antiques from any period and from all over the world.

Rainbow Row
Rainbow Row

Shopping is fun, but after awhile your feet start to hurt.  We hopped on a carriage ride to rest our toes and take in some history.  Charleston’s horse tours take visitors around the city and share it’s local history.   Our tour guide was amazing and shared some great information. For instance, In 1866, Charleston was struck by one of the largest earthquakes on the east coast. Buildings were rebuilt using earthquake bolts to secure them.

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Row is an area of Charleston noted for its colorful historic homes; this is on of the most photographed places in Charleston.  We owe our gratitude for this charming section of town to Dorothy Porcher Legge who was the first homeowner to paint her home a pastel pink.  Other owners followed suite creating the “rainbow” of

Rainbow Row

pastel colors present today.  Folklore provides many more reasons for the colorful homes; our favorite is that the different colors helped drunk sailors remember which houses they were bunking in.  Both versions may be true….I’m leaning towards the sailors.  Rainbow Row is lined with beautiful cobblestone streets; great to look at, hard to walk on, ladies wear your flats.  The horse navigated through the area perfectly this tour is a must.

 

It's legal!
It’s legal!

We can’t talk about visitor attractions without telling yall about the drinks!  Have you ever had moonshine?  We hadn’t either, but the stuff is delicious.  From the tub to our table this stuff is good, ok, that was a joke.  We did have a lovely flavored moonshine , if ever you have an opportunity to try some, it’s worth it and it’s legal.

Sometimes the best trip is in your own backyard.  The next time you find yourself in South Carolina, make a point to visit Charleston…it’s worth the trip!

A Wee Bit Irish

We visited Savannah for their annual St. Paddy’s Day parade.  Savannah hosts the second largest parade in America. This 3 hour parade consisted of over 350 units including several US military divisions, colleges, universities and tons of award-winning bands. You were certain to see a little bit of everything at this lively St. Patrick’s Day

A Day in Nicaragua

Ever been on a day trip?  We had the opportunity to take an impromptu day trip to Nicaragua and we got it in!  From majestic lakes to active volcanoes, Nicaragua is where you want to be.   We started our day at Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America.  This lake is a gem;

Lushes Love All-Inclusive Resorts

We travel lushes love to eat!  All-inclusive resorts provide unlimited food and beverage during your stay and even cover gratuities. Because of this, we refer to these resorts as a home base.  You can stay at the hotel and eat there or you can venture into the country for authentic local cuisine. We usually take