Sun Care Must-Haves

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We’re halfway through May and the sun is finally starting to come out to play in Seattle. We, personally, are stoked: fun summer nails, hair experiments, and being able to bask in the sunlight. While it’s true, the warmth feels great on your shoulders as you sit on the dock, it is crucial you take care of your skin when you’re out in the sun.

This can totally be a pain, we know. Having to remember when to put sunscreen on, the painful sunburn that sometimes seems simply unavoidable. It’s understandable why it’s a hard routine to master – you’re out having fun! The last thing on your mind is sun protection. But the long-term benefits are worth it, we promise. And we’re here to help.

With a variety of skin care products to help you during and after sun exposure, we’ll help you kick off summer the right (and healthy!) way.

BEFORE/DURING SUN EXPOSURE
Want natural sunscreen made of 70-97% certified organic materials (that smell phenomenal)? Go with COOLA! Their sunscreen is manufactured in the USA and crafted in a solar powered facility — they use the power of the sun to help protect you from it! Natural plant phyto-protectors are incorporated into all of their products, like plankton, red algae, and red raspberry seed oil that helps to boost the sunscreen’s SPF value naturally COOLA sun care products come in both spray and lotion sunscreens in different scents like pina colada, cucumber, and mango, plus a line of sun protection for your lips called Liplux! Lotions are also are available for both your body and face, perfect for those of you who have sensitive skin and need a little bit of extra TLC. SPF levels range from 20-50, allowing you to choose what strength is best for your skin. Extra perk? Pick it up in travel size so you can take it with you on the plane in your perfect new beach tote.

AFTER SUN EXPOSURE
Your skin is already vulnerable, especially in the sun. Even if you’re out of the rays, you’re still not in the clear. Skin care after sun exposure if just as important as when you’re in it. If you tend to experience the negative effects of the sun, we have products that can help bring your skin back to health. Spritz a bit of Marine Lotion Mist from Spa Technologies on after sun exposure to reduce redness, inflammation, and nourish dehydrated skin. Ingredients include botanical essences like cypress, rosemary, juniper and sage, along with aloe vera and seaweed extracts.

Take extra good care of your skin by nourishing it with the best ingredients and use Eminence Handmade Organic Skin Care. Eminence offers two items in their Stone Crop line perfect for post-sun irritated skin. The stone crop has been used for centuries as a first-aid plant, healing irritation. Stone Crop Hydrating Mist helps to hydrate the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation simultaneously after you leave the sun. If you want to focus on your face, try the Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer, perfect for all skin types.

SUN EXPOSURE ALTERNATIVES
Out in the sun for the sole purpose of being bronzed and beautiful or preparing for the sun by braving a tanning bed? Let’s try to nip that habit in the bud and get you a natural and even tan from your very own home! It’s true, self-tanners have ended in a dozen different horror stories. But we swear, this stuff rules. St. Tropez self-tanning products are a sure fire way to achieve that instant bronze goddess glow without causing any damage to your skin. With color levels of light/medium and medium/dark, you can choose what is best for your starting color. Lotion is available for both your body and face, perfect for those who have sensitive skin. Unlike many self-tanning products, St. Tropez offers more than just lotion. If you’ve had bad luck in the past, look no further than the bronzing mousse. Rather than clear or white like most lotions, the mousse is released in a tan shade, allowing you to see where exactly you are applying, ensuring an even and non-streaked application.

St. Tropez gives you even, non-streak results that last for days. Only want the tan temporarily? Wash off lotion is available too! Apply the lotion and simply wash it off with soap and water when you’re through, getting you back to normal instantly. If you’d like to rid yourself of your tan but you have used the standard products, that’s okay too. Tan remover is also available. Our favorite part about St. Tropez is their applicator mitts. The mitt helps to create an even and natural tan while protecting your hands from staining. The mitt is washable allowing for repeated use.

These products are available at all 10 of our Gene Juarez Salons & Spas locations. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to answer any questions you have to help you make the best decision for your skin. Think you need a little extra help? Try a European Facial to hydrate your sundried skin, leaving you infinitely more refreshed. If you need to tend to more than just your face, a Nourishing & Hydrating Body Treatment is the way to go!

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