Hello SOTGC community,
I wanted to share some AWESOME advice my friend, and our resident beauty expert, Cobi Collins helped me with. This past weekend I was in South Florida with my “big sis” and we had a fun filled day on the boat. The water was so blue you could see to the bottom, it was warm which meant we spent as many moments swimming and snorkeling as we could, and it meant that I learned you need to re-apply the sun screen every hour.
Three days later I looked in the mirror and realized I had a TON of sun spots from my day of fun…and in 6 days I would be taking professional shots and shooting footage at the SOTGC Society launch event to kick off the FIRST chapter in the SOTGC Society. So what did I do? I sent a SOS text to Cobi to get help…and this is what she responded with.
OK… Best immediate fix to help your skin heal through the weekend and be ready for treatment Monday is adding an aloe gel either before your daily moisturizer or mixing it with your moisturizer. You can run to a local 24 hour Walgreens and pick up Walgreens Aloe Vera After Sun Body Gel. You don’t need any of the fancy brand name after sun care creams, they don’t contain any special ingredients that actually offer immediate repair. Are you still using the skin care line you fell in love with last year? If you are, keep using it as it will help. If you didn’t bring it with you and use off brand items when traveling, pick up Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cleanser & Tone Perfecting Cream at Walgreen’s too.
And, if you can get your hotel restaurant to give you some lemons and sugar, you can create your own safe & effective spa treatment right in your room before going to bed:
Lemon juice may be beneficial to sun-damaged skin because it contains citric acid and vitamin C, an antioxidant that is effective at protecting against sun damage when applied topically, according to the New Zealand Dermatological Society.
Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply it to age spots or other areas of skin discoloration. For smaller spots, use a cotton swab instead of a cotton ball to prevent lightening areas around the discoloration.
Allow the lemon to remain on your skin for up to 10 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. The lemon juice will gradually lighten the color of darkened areas to even out your skin tone.
Mix lemon juice and sugar granules into a paste and then massage it into sun-damaged skin. Exfoliating with fresh lemon juice will remove the top layer of dead skin cells to open your pores and improve the appearance and texture of your skin, says Jerome Z. Litt, M.D., of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Exfoliate your skin several times each week.
If you’d like additional help really evening out your skin tone for next week. My suggested products: The first two are a must together and Even Complexion Mask is an added results booster.
I’ve been doing this for a couple days and so far it’s working. So there are Cobi’s awesome tips and hope this helps for those of you who forget to re-apply while out in the sun.
To connect with Cobi you can find her at: Cobi@marykay.com, @CobiCollins