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THE SWIMMER’S SKIN CARE GUIDE

woman in the pool

Regular swimming sessions can really boost your physical and mental health in so many different ways, but the chlorine and chemicals found in pool water can actually be quite detrimental for your skin. If you tend to go swimming on a regular basis, here are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that your skin stays in the best shape possible.

Shower Before Swimming  

While showering after swimming might be common knowledge, having a shower before jumping into the pool is also extremely beneficial. By making sure that your skin cells, as well as your hair shafts, are fully wet and hydrated before swimming, they will end up absorbing much less chlorine while you are in the pool.

Shower and Moisturize After Swimming 

After you are done swimming, a shower is essential, as this will prevent any chlorine from lingering on your skin. The chlorine that you will have come into contact with in the pool can also quickly lead to chlorine-induced dryness, which is where the moisturizing comes in. A cream-based moisturizer is best, and this should be applied immediately after your shower, as this will help to prevent any dry, flaky patches from appearing. A product that contains plenty of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, will be even more beneficial, as these vitamins will help your skin to quickly heal from any damage that has been caused.

Stay Hydrated  

One of the best methods for swimmers to care for their skin is by making sure that they are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as this helps to accelerate the skin’s natural detoxification process, meaning that any chemicals that have been soaked up can quickly be expelled from the body. The extra water that you are drinking will also help your skin to stay hydrated and supple from within, meaning that there is less chance of experiencing any dryness or roughness.

Use a Chlorine-Neutralizing Cleanser 

A standard shower is usually enough to clear the skin of chlorine after swimming, but, if you still feel as though you have chlorine remaining on your skin, it could be worth investing in a chlorine-neutralizing cleanser or soap. These are specially formulated for swimmers, and are especially useful if you only have time for a quick shower after swimming.

While a few short swimming sessions will not make much of a difference to your skin, frequent exposure to chlorine, and other pool chemicals, will, which is why it is important to stay one step ahead. From using chlorine-neutralizing products to keeping your body hydrated, these tips will ensure that your skin does not suffer in the long term after regular swimming sessions.

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SMOOTH SKIN FOR SUMMER

Lady having her skin professionally cared for

When it comes to smooth skin and hair removal, shaving and waxing are usually the two most popular choices. However, there are actually a number of other options out there, from electrolysis to laser hair removal, all of which have their own set of advantages.

 

Laser Hair Removal 

Laser hair removal involves the use of a laser light to destroy hair roots, and it tends to be a permanent method for many people. Since the laser is designed to detect pigment, this hair removal technique works best on those who have darker hairs with lighter skin, as it is not that effective on blonde hairs, and can often burn darker skin. While there are at-home options available, most people tend to have laser hair removal carried out professionally, which takes about six to twelve sessions to complete.

 

Electrolysis

Electrolysis is another permanent method of hair removal, and, unlike laser hair removal, you would only need around four to six sessions of this, although the exact number does depend on everything from hair density to hormones. This technique makes use of a tiny needle that sends a shortwave radio frequency to each hair follicle, and therefore destroys them. This is an effective method that works on just about every hair and skin color, no matter how fine your hair may be. One of the main downsides to electrolysis is the pain level, and although this does vary between individuals, depending on your own personal pain threshold, a mild topical anaesthetic is often used.

 

Sugaring 

Sugaring is a traditional hair removal method that makes use of a sugar wax, meaning that it works in a similar way to regular waxing. However, there are a number of advantages to sugaring, with one of them being the way in which the sugar wax can be used at room temperature, rather than having to be significantly heated up, which saves the skin from damage. In addition to this, sugar wax only attaches itself to individual hairs, rather than the entire top layer of skin, saving your skin from being pulled off along with the wax. All of this means that the side effects to sugaring are minimal, and the burning, redness and ingrown hairs that are often experienced with regular waxing are nowhere to be seen. However, unlike the other two methods mentioned above, sugaring is not permanent, and you are likely to need a session every four to six weeks in order to keep hair growth down.

 

There are so many different hair removal methods out there, and the one that you choose should depend on a number of different factors. From the part of your body that you are removing hair from, to your hair color and thickness, to your pain threshold, all of these factors should play a part in your choice of hair removal methods.

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SKIN CARE TIPS FOR SUMMER

Girl sitting on the dock

Once summer arrives, it is all-too-easy to kick back and enjoy all that the season brings, but this means that skin care is often neglected. While the higher humidity coupled with a sun-kissed glow may make you feel as though extra care is not needed, the summer weather can bring about a huge variety of skin issues, so be sure to follow these tips if you want to avoid that.

 

Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

A broad spectrum sunscreen is essential, as this will provide your skin with protection from both UVA and UVB rays. While SPF 30 is higher than what is usually recommended, research has shown that the majority of people do not use enough sunscreen on each application, spreading it far too thin. A sunscreen with a higher SPF will help to combat this, giving your skin the protection that it needs.

 

Protect the Face

Studies have shown that up to 90% of facial wrinkles are caused by the sun, meaning that you need to take extra care when it comes to protecting your face. In addition to applying sunscreen, UV-blocking sunglasses can also help, as will a wide-brimmed hat to give your face some shade.

 

Stay Moisturized

While your skin may not feel dry during the summer months, it is still important to keep it moisturized. However, this is also a time when your skin needs to be able to breathe, so your rich and thick winter moisturizers will only clog up pores and lead to breakouts. Opt for a lighter lotion instead, but make sure that it is still formulated for your specific skin type.

 

Keep Cool  

The heat of the summer can really exacerbate certain skin conditions, such as rosacea and eczema, as well as simply cause more irritation to generally sensitive skin. This means that you need to keep your skin as cool as possible, and a great way to do this is by storing your skin care products in the fridge. Keeping a facial mist on hand will also help you to cool down on-the-go, but be sure to follow this up with a layer of moisturizer to lock the spray in, otherwise your skin will only end up dehydrated as the water evaporates.

 

Prepare Your Skin Internally

One of the most important ways to prepare your skin for the summer is by incorporating more antioxidant-rich foods into your diet. An anti-inflammatory diet will also be beneficial, as this will keep your skin cool internally, while reducing skin damage and premature aging. Ingredients such as avocado and mackerel are not only anti-inflammatory, but also contain plenty of skin-boosting omega 3’s, which will give your complexion a gorgeous glow.

Your skin deserves the best of care throughout the year, so be sure not to neglect it once the summer months roll around. From a diligent use of sunscreen to an antioxidant-rich diet, these tips will help to ensure that your skin is able to really thrive this summer.

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SKINCARE TIPS FOR THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER

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Seasonal transitions have a huge impact on the skin, and it is extremely important to be aware of this, so that you can make any adjustments necessary. Now that the last days of summer are upon us, it is time to re-evaluate the way in which you care for your skin, so that you can use the months of fall to thoroughly prepare your skin for any harshness that the upcoming winter may throw at you.

 

Bug Bites

Although summer may be drawing to a close, this is a time of the year when many insect populations are thriving, meaning that you need to take precautions to keep your skin protected from bug bites. Whether you choose to use clothing to keep all of your skin covered, or invest in an effective insect repellent, bug bites can be extremely frustrating, and can sometimes cause permanent blemishes on your skin, so remember to keep the bugs away.

 

Sun Damage and Protection

While the sun may not feel as strong as it did a month ago, its UV rays can still cause irreparable damage to your skin, making sun protection absolutely vital. In addition to this, the end of summer is the ideal time to address any damage that the sun may have caused to your skin over the summer months. Incorporating a vitamin C product into your skin care routine is one of the best ways to do this, while green tea will also provide you with a range of antioxidants that will help to reverse sun damage.

 

Exfoliation

Sun exposure can often make skin quite rough and dull, and exfoliation is one of the best ways to change this. Exfoliation helps the skin to shed its dead outer layer, making way for the fresh new skin cells beneath to shine through. Whether you choose manual or chemical exfoliation, this is a good time of the year to increase the amount that you exfoliate, although be sure to build this up slowly so as not to irritate your skin.

 

Richer Moisturizer

With the temperatures turning cooler and the humidity levels dropping, your skin will soon be feeling quite dry and dehydrated unless you are nourishing it in the way that it needs. While a lotion may have been sufficient in the summer months, you should begin to use a thicker and richer moisturizer more often, especially at nights, gradually swapping this out with your lotion as fall progresses.

 

Invest in a Toner

Many believe that toners are a glorified version of a cleanser, but this is far from the truth. In addition to being able to cleanse the skin, a toner is also able to restore the skin’s natural pH balance, properly preparing it to receive the subsequent products that you apply. This means that everything from your serum to your spot treatments will be much more effective after using a toner.

 

While summer may not yet be officially over, the cooler weather is definitely approaching, and you need to begin preparing your skin for this. From increasing the amount that you exfoliate to keeping your skin protected from the sun and bug bites, these tips will help you to maintain a healthy glow all the way through to the winter.

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OROGOLD SUMMER SKIN

OG Summer Skin Infographic

Everybody wants radiant summer skin, but, unless you are one of the rare few that have perfect skin, this usually takes some work to achieve. To help you in your quest for gorgeous summer skin, OROGOLD has put together a few products that each and every one of you can benefit from, no matter what your skin concerns may be. From dry skin to oily skin to dull skin, these are the products that you need to solve your skin problems. OROGOLD also recognizes that in addition to needing protection from the sun, you will also likely want to correct any damage that the sun has caused to your skin, which is why we are also focussing on products for sun damaged areas, as well as products that contain SPF. From daily moisturizers to weekly deep cleaning masks, these products are all you will need for a healthy summer glow.

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PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR SUMMER

Woman hydrating her skin

As summer arrives, you need to make sure that you’re ready for anything that comes your way. Whether it’s sand, sun, sweat or water, you need to prepare your skin for anything that comes its way. Here are our ten favorite tips for preparing your skin for summertime fun:

-HYDRATE- This is important no matter what you’re doing during the summer, whether it’s swimming in the ocean or hiking new trails outdoors. As the temperature rises, your body will produce more sweat, which causes you to lose moisture in your body that will take a toll on your skin. Make sure you drink plenty of water during the summertime to keep your moisture levels up.

-MOISTURIZE- Just like you would hydrate by drinking more water, you need to make sure that your skin remains moisturized to protect it from sun’s damage. Don’t let sweat and oily skin fool you — oil does not equal moisture when it comes to healthy skin. If you need extra hydration, add a moisturizing mask to your weekly beauty routine.

 

SPF 30

SPF IT Protecting your skin includes making sure your sunscreen is able to protect you throughout the summer months. Make sure that you have a formula that protects your skin tone; most skin colors work fine with a minimum of SPF 15, but fairer skinned people more prone to burns may need SPF 30. Either way, make sure the formulas are broad spectrum, or protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

-BUT WATCH YOUR FORMULAS- Both your body and face need serious protection with an SPF. However, they may need different kinds of sunscreen due to different balances of skin; for example, your body may need a tougher formula than your face, which may break out due to oily residues in normal sunscreens. Make sure you have the right formulas before the summer starts.

 

woman with water falling on her

-WATERPROOF YOUR MAKEUP- The heat may cause your standard makeup to run a marathon across your face. Luckily, there are plenty of waterproof and long-wear formulas for your eyes and face that will make you look pretty no matter what. If you don’t want to get all new formulas, there are some ways to make your current makeup water-resistant, such as waterproof clear topcoats for mascara.

-BURNED UP? ALOE DOWN- If you have the tendency to get sunburns over the summer, you should always keep aloe in the house so that you’ll be able to soothe it right away. Either keep it in your cabinet or, for an extra-soothing treat, keep it in the refrigerator to give your skin the ultimate in cooling. If you’re allergic, try keeping chilled green tea to mist over burns instead.

-WANT A TAN? PREPARE BEFOREHAND- You shouldn’t be tanning by using excessive sun. Instead, look at self-tanners before you step out into the sunlight for that summertime glow. Make sure that they’re natural looking (no orangey tones) and exfoliate before application. If you’re unsure about doing it for yourself, many salons offer spray tanning as a part of their services.

-AVOID CHEMICAL PEELS AND FACIALS- Be careful with salon treatments during the summer — many chemicals that professionals use work wonders, but leave your skin extra-sensitive to sunlight. If you need these treatments, either make sure that you do it early in the summer to ensure that you won’t expose sensitive skin to direct sunlight or wear a hat when you go outside.

-PROTECT YOUR EYES- You should be careful about applying sunscreen too close to your eyes, but at the same time you need to protect these sensitive areas from the damage that the sun might cause. Luckily, there are two solutions: either opt for a stick sunscreen formula that will stick to these areas without running or simply slip on a pair of UV-protected sunglasses to protect your peepers.

-PAMPER TOUGH SKIN- Your knees, elbows and feet have the tendency to dry more in the summertime, so make sure to give them the extra attention that they deserve with a deeply moisturizing treatment. Using petroleum jelly, body butters and even olive oil will help these areas get the pampering that they need and keep them soft during the summer.

What are your best ways to prepare your skin for summer? Sound off in the comments below!

 

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BEAUTY EXPERT ENDORSES ORO GOLD COSMETICS

Summer time can present specific difficulties when it comes to makeup and skin care. Fortunately there are steps you can take and specific skin care products you can utilize to combat the hot sun and dry summer air.

In the beginning of July, Local News Station King 5, covering the Seattle Washington Area, presented a segment titled “Summer Beauty Blunders – and How to Prevent Them.” This segment presents health and beauty tips specifically geared for summer time maintenance.

24K Bio-Brightening Skin Tone Moisturizer on decorative white tray

New Day NW

Summer beauty blunders – and how to prevent them

by New Day Producers

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 11:54 AM

Beauty expert and style writer Lindsay Thurston shared some common summer beauty blunders, as well as how to fix them or prevent them from happening in the first place.

Members of the audience were sent home with Lindsay Thurston’s favorite cosmetic products. Included was the 24K Bio-Brightening Skin Tone Moisturizer from Oro Gold Cosmetics.

Lindsay Thurston explained the Bio Brightening product from Oro Gold is “a facial moisturizer. You can also use it on your neck or your chest. It is great for the sunshine because it’s an SPF 30 so it will definitely protect you from the sun. But the great thing about this one is it is packed with Vitamin A and E, so obviously great for skin tone, but it also has 24 Karat gold in it. The Gold has anti-aging effects and it can actually minimize the appearance of age spots, sun spots, freckles, and general discoloration on your skin… Sometimes the splurge in the summer is worth it. And this particular one would be the way to go.”

To watch the segment featuring Lindsay Thurston click here.

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