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Let’s face it, even though we all know that too much sun is bad for us, most of us love the healthy glow of sun kissed skin.  Now, we’ve said it before, you need some sun.  Studies show that in this day and age, we don’t get nearly enough vitamin D, especially in the winter (and sure, supplements help, but one of the main sources is the sun), so when summer rolls around, we like to spend a lot of time outside.  It helps even out my family’s moods, and we all sleep better at night.

I’ll say this, unless you have a history of skin cancer,  or you’re one of those people that burns even if it’s a cloudy day and you’re in your house with long sleeves on, ditch the sunscreen if you’re going to be out for a short while (say an hour).  Opt for a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes, but let the sun do its magic.  I’m not a habitual sunscreen user.  I feel it does more harm than good.   However, if you’re going to be out at the local pool, or a day trip to the beach,  make sure you use a sunscreen of at least a 30SPF, and keep reapplying, per the directions on the bottle.

Now, with that said, I’m guessing a lot of you probably have a nice summer glow going on right about now, don’t you?  And it makes you feel pretty good.  It makes your skin look more even, and toned.  Not to mention, it helps with some other skin disorders, like keratosis pilaris (of which everyone in my family suffers from, sadly), eczema, and psoriasis (my father suffers from it and his dermatologist went against everything he stood for and told him to high tail it to a tanning bed) and others.  But, with being at the beach or the pool on a regular basis, your skin is probably dry.  Especially if you’re a woman and have to shave every day in the summer.

So how do you keep your skin looking smooth like a lotion commercial, without having to dip yourself into a vat of phthalates and petroleum based products?   Here’s my regimen so far this summer:

Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe has great healing properties. It keeps your skin from drying out and also prolongs your tan.  Not to mention it’s really cool and soothing if you happen to get burned.

A good baby/body oil: You can probably easily make your own, but my favorite, that I recommend to everyone, is the Tippy Toes Baby Oil by Mambino Organics.  I love this because it’s very light, and absorbs perfectly.  It’s a simple list of ingredients, and it nourishes my skin.  I added a mixture of a few drops of my favorite essential oils to my bottle and it’s like having my own personalized scent.

I put both of these on immediately after my shower, while my skin is still damp.  It takes me an extra two minutes and my skin has never felt better.  And I actually feel good about showing it off this summer.

(Kathy chiming in here): I love Statia’s tips and totally agree.  I am using a body oil as well as a scrub in the shower to keep the bumps and dryness away all year long. My faves right now are Rocky Mountain Soap Company Bamboo Body Scrub and LuSa Organics Organic Sugar Scrub

You can pick up Aloe Vera Gel (look for preservative free or organic) on Amazon.com or at a local health food store.  Check out Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel or their Lily of The Desert Aloe 80 Soothing Gel on Amazon.

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