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9 Easy Ways to Summer-Proof Your Beauty Routine

       
Monday, May 30th, 2016

Long beach weekends and all-night mojito parties in summers are something we can get on board with. But the rising temperatures and the accompanying sweat (eeeww) definitely put a damper on things!

Slipping eye liner and bleeding lipstick, anyone?

That doesn’t mean you can’t look gorgeous all summer long. Start using these 9 EASY, fool-proof ways to summer-proof your beauty routine. Because, we all know you aren’t saying no to that weekend party invite.

Go Frizz Free

If it were only that easy.

Kill frizz by limiting the use of heat tools. Embrace the natural beachy waves!

Switch up your shampoo to a more moisturizing one to avoid drying out your hair and frizzing them up. Try Fekkai – Essential Shea Shampoo, which contains Shea Butter for some intense hydration or Fekkai – Brilliant Glossing Shampoo, which is formulated with olive oil to give your hair enviable shine!

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Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo like Fekkai – Apple Cider Shampoo to get rid of all impurities and the grime you brought back from the beach.

Oil Up

In the most gorgeous sense.

Before you take your daily dip in the pool, remember to wet your hair with water and then seal your strands with a nourishing oil serum. This way since your hair strands are already wet (hair pores filled with the ‘clean’ water) and sealed, the chlorinated water from the pool won’t damage your hair as much.

Try a nourishing blend of oils like Hamadi – Healing Serum which contains Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Ylang-Ylang, Moroccan Vanilla, Bergamot and Palmarosa Essential Oils!

Mask It On

You know you want to.

While a good conditioner like Fekkai – Essential Shea Conditioner will help keep the frizzies at bay, a deep-conditioning mask will give your hair the necessary hydration boost.

Rita Hazan, celebrity colorist and salon owner, recommends applying a deep conditioner on damp hair after a dip in the ocean or pool. This way while you lie around and get yourself a good, bronzy tan, the sun will act as a heat treatment on your masked hair and give it double the hydration boost.

Condition-and-Care

We recommend you trying a nourishing mask like Fekkai – Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque which contains no sulfates and is formulated with hydrating, frizz-fighting ingredients like Shea Butter and Olive Oil.

To Exfoliate or NOT to Exfoliate

A big no-no for tanning fans.

While exfoliation helps reveal gorgeous complexion, it essentially does so by removing the top layer of the skin. So if you are into major tanning (sorry, pale buddies), you need to step away from the exfoliator.

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Not only will excessive exfoliation remove your hard-earned tan but will also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

The best way is to limit exfoliation to once or at most, twice a week and follow up with a good sunscreen.

Greasy Face No More

Remember the fine line between glowing skin and grease ball?

The dry skinned gals might be okay with their regular moisturizers but unfortunate, oily skinned girls need to change their moisturizers from creamy, indulgent ones to gel, water-based ones in the summer.

Gel moisturizers are usually water based and very light-weight to help deliver the right amount of hydration without making you look like a grease factory. A light-weight moisturizer like Philosophy – Hope In A Jar is the way to go!

Remember, DO NOT skip moisturizer all together. Your skin can be oily and still be dehydrated at the same time. And, who wants dull, lack-luster skin, right?

Prime Time Special

Don’t let your makeup melt into your mojito!

A good primer is extremely important not only to create a smooth base for facial makeup but also to help increase its longevity especially in the humid months.

There are different primers targeted for different skin concerns like minimizing the appearance of pores, controlling oil, correcting skin tone, hydrating, etc (the list goes on; trust us, it does). So what does a girl on a budget do?

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Buy a kick-ass primer that targets ALL these concerns while controlling oil in scorching heat and soaring humidity: BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector.

A primer to end all primers, BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector will not only minimize the appearance of your pores and give you a super smooth base for your foundation but it will also help keep your skin matte for a good 6 hours!

Spray It On

Oily-skinned gals, we feel for you.

If even the Becca primer can’t save your makeup for melting off, we recommend adding an extra step and setting your makeup with a setting spray like Dermablend – Set + Refresh Long-lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

While these steps will ensure that your makeup lasts through the longest of the dance parties, do look into your skincare regimen to see why your skin is so oily. Are you stripping off the natural oils of your face? Are you skipping the moisturizer? Are you using Alcohol-based products in your skincare routine?

In any case, target your skin concerns first before splurging in the makeup products.

Trade In for Gels

Say no to pencils!

Pencil eyeliners are more likely to sweat off in the summer heat and hence, it is a good idea to swap them up for gel eye liners. Youngblood – Incredible Wear Gel Liner has some gorgeous color options to try out this summer.

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These gel liners glide on beautifully and stay out through day/night!

Tips and Tricks

Investing into these beauty products will sure enough melt-proof your beauty routine but some general tips and tricks can go an extra mile to really summer-proof it all!

Chilling your lipstick in the fridge can help your lippie from melting off in the heat. Conditioning your hair before cleansing your body can help prevent bacne. Using salicylic acid based products can help prevent excessive oil and treat acne in one go. Using sulphate-free shampoos can help prevent over-dried hair due to regular washing.

Do you have some reliable summer-proofing beauty secrets? Share with us in the comments below!

All About Peter Thomas Roth Skincare

       
Friday, September 18th, 2015

All About Peter Thomas Roth Skincare

Peter Thomas Roth Basics

Peter Thomas Roth is a prominent skincare brand that has a highly clinical focus. Namesake Roth founded the line as a means of helping address skin problems that were affecting his own life. He at first focused on acne, but anti-aging soon became another major priority for him, as well. The objective at Peter Thomas Roth currently is to use effective ingredients and innovative technological advances to keep skin in optimal condition and prevent indications of the aging process. Defending complexions from the harmful ultraviolet rays given off by the sun is yet another significant priority for the brand. UV rays are often responsible for the acceleration of the aging process. They can encourage the emergence of wrinkles, fine lines and dark age spots alike.

Types of Peter Thomas Roth Skincare Products

The Peter Thomas Roth brand provides consumers with many diverse choices in skincare products. Some of the brand’s various skincare product divisions are moisturizers, peels, masks, tonics, scrubs, facial cleansers, sun care, treatment serums, acne management and wrinkle management. Many of Peter Thomas Roth’s products focus specifically on the eyes, too. The brand even offers customers several choices in body and hair products.

Peter Thomas Roth Skincare Collections

When people shop for skincare products made by Peter Thomas Roth, they can begin by exploring numerous production collections if they’d like. One notable collection that’s available from the brand is called “Un-Wrinkle.” The primary objective of this collection is to help customers diminish wrinkles and fine lines on their faces. It’s also to help customers prevent these signs of aging from ever even appearing. Products that are part of the collection are toning lotions, wrinkle serums, sheet masks, night creams, lip treatments and peel pads, to mention several examples. These skincare products include noteworthy ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, green tea extract, chamomile, shea butter, jojoba, sweet almond extract, glycolic acid and aloe vera. Some of them even contain the acclaimed active ingredient retinol, which is a type of vitamin A.

Other well-known skincare collections that are offered by Peter Thomas Roth include both the Laser-Free and Camu Camu collections. The Laser-Free collection aims to help people who are frustrated by skin that appears rough and lifeless. It consists of products such as moisturizing gel creams, resurfacing eye serums and retexturizing formulas. The Camu Camu collection, on the other hand, is a line that aims to help people brighten their complexions and appear more radiant and glowing. Types of skincare products that are part of this collection include sleeping masks, brightening serums (with vitamin C), brightening powder cleansers and brightening moisturizers. The collection also offers a CC cream and correcting concealer.

How to Obliterate Body Acne!

       
Friday, July 10th, 2015

How to Obliterate Body Acne!No one wants to deal with acne, especially all over their body. Sadly, body acne is a common occurance in over 65% of individuals in the United States today. While there is not always a way to stop it from coming, there are ways to make it go away.

What Causes Body Acne?
Body acne is usually caused by an accessive amount of oil produced by the skin. That is why individuals often get worse body acne during the summer, since the body produces more oil and sweats twice as much. Obviously the summer is the worst time to be going through body acne as it is the time of year to show skin. In order to create a confident summer appearance, there are several things that individuals can do in order to fight against body acne.

Effective Products
There are several health and beauty products that can fight against acne as well as oily skin. Some facial products can work for body acne as well, as long as they contain the right ingredients.

  • Alpha-hydroxy acid works to dry up the blemishes that are already on the skin.
  • Benzoyl peroxide works to unclog and cleanse the pores of harmful dirt or oil.
  • Salicylic acid also works to dry up blemishes that have already popped up against the skin.
  • Tea tree oil works to kill bacteria within the skin to guard against future blemishes.

These four ingredients are the main ingredients to look for when searching for an effective product. They are often found in creams, oils, gels and lotions. Another thing to consider is products that work to reduce the amount of oil within the skin and protect against new blemishes.

Natural Products
There are also several do-it-yourself natural remedies that can be used to treat body acne.

  • Sea salt and warm bath water works to cleanse the skin of harmful bacteria by drying out the skin and removing the oil from the skin’s pores.
  • Oatmeal is effective in soaking up excessive oil within the skin, exfoliating the skin and removing dead skin cells in order to rejuvenate pores. It can be finely ground and used in the bath or made into a homemade oatmeal and honey skin treatment.
  • Apple cider vinegar is the fix it all solution that does not end with body acne. The vinegar works to balance the pH within the body, which will naturally remove acne. It also works as an anti-bacterial agent within the body.

Whether medically or naturally, body acne is controllable. All it takes are the right steps.

Ingrown Hair SOS!

       
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Ingrown Hair SOS!There’s nothing more irritating — not to mention painful — than discovering an unsightly ingrown hair has set up shop underneath your skin. Ingrown hairs are raised, pus-filled red bumps that occur when dead skin becomes trapped inside the hair follicle, forcing the hair to grow underneath the skin. Though sometimes, ingrown hairs, just like zits, can go away in their own time, if left to their own devices for too long there is a chance they could become infected and lead to scarring. So remember: hands off! We’ll show you the steps and products you’ll need to banish ingrown hairs for good.

Often, the best way to treat ingrown hairs is to prevent them from showing up in the first place. This means taking your time when shaving, and using a high-quality shaving cream. For ladies, I like the Whish Coconut Milk Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor, which is perfect for sensitive skin and is formulated to ensure it won’t dry out skin. For the gentlemen, I’d recommend anything from The Art of Shaving, especially their luxurious Sandalwood Essential Oil Shaving Cream. If you really want to indulge, treat yourself to a complete shaving overhaul by picking up their Starter Kit, which includes a shaving brush, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and aftershave balm. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even apply Dermalogica’s Pre-Shave Guard before you get started. It’s marketed towards men, but women can certainly benefit from it as well. Of course, certain types of hair, especially coarse and curly locks, are more prone to ingrown hairs than finer strands.

After shaving, immediately apply a balm to the area. I have two favorites to ensure post-shaving bliss. The first is Dermalogica’s Post-Shave Balm, which is formulated to specifically prevent ingrown hairs and is fragrance-free. If I’m in the mood for something a bit scented, I slather on Shaveworks’ Cool Fix, which helps to free trapped hair as well as to kill any bacteria underneath the skin.

Still, sometimes you can do everything right and still get an ingrown hair, especially if you have sensitive skin. If one shows up, we recommend not trying to dig it out yourself. If you just can’t resist, be sure to place a hot towel on the affected area to open the pores and soothe the skin, then remove the hair with tweezers like the ones in this Anthony grooming tool kit. Still, it’s really better to see a doctor, who may recommend antibiotics or other medication to reduce swelling and prevent infection.

Don’t let an ingrown hair get in the way of a day at the beach this summer!

Eyelash Extensions 101

       
Friday, May 29th, 2015

Eyelash Extensions 101Several women have been blessed with long and luxurious lashes ever since their first baby picture, others are not so lucky. Some eyelashes have simply failed in the luxurious department. It only takes a quick trip down the makeup isle to figure out just how many products are available for eyelash extension. But here is the “101,” skip the cheap fake eyelashes and go for extensions that look like the real thing.

How do Eyelash Extensions Work?
Eyelash extensions use a medical adhesive to bond each lash to an individual’s original lashes. The process is done one lash at a time in order to create a natural look. Individuals can customize their lashes by choosing length, curling style, color and texture. The process is not a permanent treatment. Eyelash extensions usually last up to six weeks, depending on how well they are cared for.

Preparation
Shower Beforehand: In order to avoid having the extensions come into contact with water or steam for at least 48 hours, shower before the treatment.

Remove Makeup: Any makeup, such as mascara or foundation, should be removed prior to the appointment. Individuals should also steer clear of lotion, sunscreen or oil, as they can interfere with the adhesive glue.

Keep Lashes Natural: Lashes should be 100 percent natural when receiving extensions. Along with removing mascara, steer clear of any eyelash curling the day of the appointment.

Aftercare
Avoid Condensation: For at least 48 hours, eyelash extensions should be kept away from water or any other form of condensation. Individuals should avoid showering or working out. Also, if someone lives in a humid area, they should stay indoors during the 48 hour period as much as possible.

Do Not Pull: Constantly touching the extensions can easily damage natural lashes. Try to avoid touching, pulling, twisting or curling the lashes. If an individual wants to remove their extensions, they should always seek professional care.

Avoid Moisture-Based Products: Keep shampoos, conditioners, lotions and oils away from the extensions. Any of those products can loosen the effect of the adhesive, making the extensions last for a lesser amount of time.

Remember the Natural Lashes: Do not forget that the natural lashes are still there. Protect them with an eyelash conditioner or growth serum.

Women who were not blessed with the lashes of luxury do not have to settle for second best. Luxury is waiting for those who work for it and even failed lashes can earn a second chance.

Brand Spotlight – Lavanila

       
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Brand Spotlight - LavanilaPrepare to be body-pampered and skin-nourished! Lavanila produces effective luxury beauty products based on plants and other natural ingredients that support what skin truly needs. The company’s name “Lavanila” comes from the word for vanilla on the island of Madagascar, where much of the world’s vanilla is produced. Vanilla is used in many of Lavanila’s products because it is a powerful antioxidant as well as an aromatherapy ingredient that comforts and soothes.

Not only are these formulations ideal for people with sensitive skin, but the products have a delightful fragrance without being cloying or overpowering. They work by allowing skin to breathe and utilize the benefits of their natural ingredients, as opposed to those that smother the skin. The company also has fragrance-free versions of its deodorant and body butter.

Lavanila does no animal testing and labels items that are gluten-free. Some of the chemicals they do not use include silicon, phthalates, aluminum, parabens, synthetic dyes, and propylene glycol — all of which are listed in most beauty products sold through retail outlets ranging from drug stores to high-end exclusive department stores.

The founder of Lavanila, Danielle Raynor, made a career of trying beauty products from every type of retail store. She wanted toxin-free items for her daughters and realized that even high-priced luxury brands contained ingredients to be avoided. Danielle was also allergic to traditionally-formulated perfumes, so she worked with chemists to develop fragrances that did not include ingredients that exacerbated allergy symptoms.

Lavanila began selling its products in 2007 when it offered the first organic fragrance in the industry. The company developed a sugar-based alcohol for its perfumes, and savvy women everywhere welcomed the skin-friendliness of the formulations and the exclusive combinations of essential oils for a truly personal signature fragrance. Packaging included regular sizes and a mini roll-on to tuck into an evening bag.

Other items intentionally designed to nourish and protect skin include aluminum-free deodorants with essential oils — also available in mini sizes for travel — and sunscreen that keeps harsh chemicals away from sensitive areas. Consider the possibility of actually enjoying using sunscreen because it has an amazing smell and nourishes skin with its vitamins!

Discerning women around the world are taking control of what they put on their skin, and the products from Lavanila are helping them revitalize their bodies through the best of nature.

Healthy Recipe For Healthy Hair

       
Friday, May 1st, 2015

Healthy Recipe For Healthy HairThe hair is a woman’s crowning glory; women feel and look their best when their hair looks great. It is very important for a woman’s hair to always be strong, thick, shiny and very well maintained.

Unfortunately, some women suffer different hair damages like falling hair, dry and brittle hair, dandruff, split ends, frizzy hair, etc., for various reasons like genes, excessive exposure to the elements and insufficient hair nutrition. The hair needs to be regularly supplied with the proper nutrients to make it strong and enable it to fight the harmful toxins in the environment.

For a healthy, glossy hair, include these in your diet:
• For dry and brittle hair, consume more proteins like eggs, milk, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and nuts. Proteins help in repairing dull, lackluster hair.

• Iron provides nutrients to the hair follicle to prevent hair loss. Eat more red meat, chicken and leafy vegetables to raise the level of iron in your blood and promote hair growth for luscious, thicker hair.

• Strawberries, papaya, oranges and blueberries are some of the fruits that are very rich in vitamin C. Have more fruits to strengthen hair shafts and prevent hair loss.

• Omega-3 fatty acids from fish provide the oils that are helpful in hydrating the scalp and the hair that are dry and boring. Eat fish at least twice a week for a bouncy, shiny hair.

• The hair needs biotin for growth; eggs are rich in protein as well as biotin.

Here’s a healthy recipe that will provide some of the nutrition needed for a healthy and lustrous hair – protein, iron, vitamin C and omega-3.

Roasted Salmon with Grapefruit Sauce

Ingredients

4 salmon fillets
2 red grapefruits
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 tsp lemon juice
2-1/2 tsp honey
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Procedure

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Season the salmon with ¼ tsp salt and roast in the oven for about 18 minutes.
3. Slice some grapefruit for decoration. Juice the rest of the grapefruits and set aside.
4. In a medium skillet, heat the oil; sauté the ginger for about 2 minutes.
5. Mix in the grapefruit juice and honey, and bring to simmer until sauce is reduced by about half.
6. Add the lemon juice and season with salt.
7. Toss the grapefruit slices into the sauce before serving.
8. Spoon sauce over the salmon and serve.

SOURCES:
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20734150_6,00.html
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/roasted-salmon-with-shallot-grapefruit-sauce-recipe.html

How to Look Good Without Makeup

       
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

How to Look Good Without MakeupWe all want to look our best, but, let’s face it. There are times when we have to face others before putting on our makeup for the day. Whether you are trying to cut back on your use of makeup or simply ensure you feel confident when caught off-guard, there are three techniques that can used to look good without makeup anyone can benefit from.

It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

This old adage doesn’t just apply to our general personalities. It is also relevant when it comes to our appearance. You are what you eat, and making poor choices when it comes to your diet can reflect for the world to see. Aside from eating foods high in vitamins and essential nutrients, skincare supplements can be purchased to encourage a youthful, beautiful appearance. At Beauty Bridge, you can access a variety of professional-quality skincare supplements to create your own personal regimen.

Take Time for Toning

You likely have a system in place dedicated toward care for your skin and appearance. While it likely involves exfoliation and the use of beauty supply products geared toward acne prevention or wrinkle protection, all too many overlook the importance of a good toner. When the skin’s pH balance is disrupted, it can cause dark spots and other aesthetic issues many suffer with. With toner, you can target your specific skin type to maximize your results. Determining if your skin is dry or oily, for example, can help you choose the most appropriate product. When seeking a toner, avoid those with alcohol as they can dry out the skin.

Lurking Dangers

Enjoying time outdoors is one of the most enjoyable parts of the human experience, and most of us appreciate a sunny day. However, before you venture outdoors, even for just a short time, it is crucial that you wear appropriate sunscreen. It is preferable to find a product with SPF 30 or higher. Sun damage increases the aging process. Keep in mind, even if it’s cloudy out, you are still subject to the sun’s harmful rays.

Always Looking Good

We all deserve confidence in our own skin, and you should not fear embarrassment for anyone to see the real you. By following these three tips, you can both maintain your appearance and help slow down the aging process, allowing you to look your best everyday.

5 Top Self-Tanning Tips

       
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

5 Top Self-Tanning TipsSelf-tanning is a nice way to get a warm glow, but, to do it right, requires a little time and preparation. Fortunately, the process isn’t difficult, just read up on the instructions ahead of time, and plan your self-tanning for a time when you are not rushed.

Don’t Neglect a Test Patch

Allergic reactions to self-tanning products are rare, but not unheard of. Considering how uncomfortable a rash or other allergic reaction could be over your entire body, however, it makes sense to perform a patch test 24 to 48 hours before you self-tan. You can make sure you don’t have a reaction, and get an idea on how the color looks on your skin.

Prep First

Don’t self-tan irritated skin, so wax at least 24 hours before self-tanning, and shave at least 12 hours in advance. Stay away from deodorant, essential oils and perfumes as well during this time, as all of these items can interfere with the self-tanners ability to process evenly. Use an exfoliating product before you self-tan, to remove dry skin, which will absorb the tanning product unevenly. Follow up with a water based moisturizer to hydrate skin so it will absorb the product nicely.

Have The Right Supplies

In addition to the self-tanner of your choice, have tight fitting, disposable gloves, a water based moisturizer and cotton swabs on hand. You don’t want to go searching for these items once you get started. Ideally, once you start self-tanning, you will have several uninterrupted hours. Once you apply the tanner, the longer you can allow it to process before doing anything else, the better your results will be.

Start at the Bottom

Apply your preferred tanner, starting at your feet and working your way up. This keeps you from smudging still damp tanner by leaning over. If you are not using disposable gloves, wash your hands frequently during the application process. If you wait until the very end, your palms will probably be stained orange. Once you have applied self-tanner to your entire body, go back and use a towel to lightly buff the areas such as your knees and ankles, that may accumulate self-tanner.

Give it Time

Most people find self-tanning best as a evening time event. After you apply the self- tanner, you want to let it dry completely before getting dressed. Even then, some transfer is likely, so loose fitting, dark colored clothes are best. You also don’t want to sweat, swim, shower or bathe for at least six hours after applying self-tanner. Tanning at night allows you to sit around for a bit to dry, then go to bed, minimizing the chances of smudging your tan.

Spring Sunscreen 101

       
Friday, April 10th, 2015

Spring Sunscreen 101In spring the danger of sun damage may be unexpected if the weather is still cool. While the rays of the sun are not as powerful as they are during the summer months, prolonged exposure will nonetheless harm unprotected skin. To avoid a spring sunburn, keep this information in mind:

There Is No Such Thing As A Waterproof Sunscreen

So-called “Waterproof” sunscreens are deceptive because sweat, water, and most other types of moisture will cause them to wash off. Instead of falling for this marketing ploy, consider sunscreens that use the more realistic descriptive “Water Resistant”. A good water resistant one like this sunscreen from PCA Skin will help keep the protection on longer than ordinary sunscreens.

SPF Can Be Deceiving

Though the SPF numbers come in a wide variety of ranges, the higher numbers do not actually block rays longer. The SPF number only refers to the percentage of rays blocked. This means an SPF 30 sunscreen will allow only 1/30th of the sun’s rays to reach the skin. It does not mean that it will last 30 times longer than SPF one, so it will need to be reapplied as directed on the container.

Even Cloudy Spring Days Can Cause Sun Damage

A common assumption is that when it is cloudy, there is no danger of sun damage. Much of the solar intensity on cloudy days has to do with the type of clouds involved. The sun’s rays can pass through thinner clouds, while it is mostly blocked by thicker clouds. Even in the spring when the rays are not as damaging, it is a good idea to just apply sunscreen instead of trying to figure out if the clouds above are thick enough to block solar damage.

Sunscreen Is All That Is Necessary To Avoid Sun Damage

Of course sunscreens are good idea when spring rolls around, but it should not substitute for common sense. When wearing swim apparel outdoors, it is a good idea to cover up or find shade when not in the water. It is always wise to use clothing to help prevent sun damage along with a sunscreen.

The spring is a great time of year with all the budding plants, warmer temperatures, and longer days. Just be sure to use a good sunscreen to avoid hidden sun damage.