I will cover 2 aspects of getting glowing, healthy skin: tanning and waxing. I will skip over the first basic steps that most women know about: cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Whatever daily cleanser works best for your skin type and fits in your budget – go for it. Your diet plays a big part in the health of all of your organs of course, especially in our largest organ: the skin. So if you live on lattes and Skittles, feel lucky if you’re not breaking out all the time. Don’t get into a lotion habit of applying it over 3 times a day; that’s taking away from your skin’s natural ability to re-moisturize. In the morning is great, and if you have a lotion ritual before bed that is working for you, then stick with it. I personally prefer a moisturizer that contains no weird chemicals or alcohol, but it does have to work well.
Again, here’s a subject that splits us into two groups: those who are naturally unhairy, and the rest of us. And if you’ve been shaving that facial or arm hair since your teens, you have probably realized that shaving it makes it come back thicker and darker. However you want to look – Great, go for it. But most of us want to have smooth skin everywhere, and to have clean bikini lines in the summer. So this means hair removal. There’s shaving, laser removal, chemical hair removers, waxing, electrolysis, and probably some other crazy methods. I chose waxing.
Waxing is obviously something very personal, that you may not talk about with all of your friends. It’s not like we’re all Kim Karadashian. But this hair removal method lasts for many weeks, results in smooth, sexy skin, and does not result in the hair growing back thicker, like with shaving. Since bikini and Brazilian waxing, and even some leg waxing, involve some personal zones, you don’t want to just have a girlfriend or any stranger in the local strip mall salon do your wax. Research online for a reputable waxing salon, read reviews, ask your girlfriends (if you’re close like that), and speak to clients in the lobby. Do they like the service? How long have they been coming to that specific waxing spa/salon? Which esthetician do they prefer? The staff makes all the difference, so you want someone with experience, skill, and a good vibe. Almost nothing is worse that an uncaring, mean waxing technician.
Proper skin preparation is important to get good waxing results; and use of a good moisturizer afterward is key also. Ask the salon what they recommend, but don’t feel like you have to take it. They may recommend you use the lotion brands they sell, which is fine, but don’t spend out of your price range.
What people refer to as a “healthy glow” is still desirable, but many people shy away from the sun because of what we now know about long term UV exposure. Besides the risk of skin cancer, there’s the premature aging (wrinkles, leather-hide, and age spots). Yuck. But as sunless tanning makes advances, so do your risk-free options to turn your pasty skin into a sexier golden tone. Why does a tan look sexy? Because is tells us subconsciously that the person is active outside, playing on the beach, or just living the good life under the sun. For those of you who live in colder climates (I admit to living in San Diego – Yes, it is worth every huge rent payment I make.) having a tan shows that you probably went on vacation: a sign of fun, relaxation, and having the money to do so.
If you haven’t tried airbrush tanning: Just do it. It will give your skin a sexy, even tan without risking damage from the sun. Can this be expensive? Of course. You’ll want to find a tanning salon that has both a good reputation (skilled and friendly spray tan technicians, high-quality airbrush guns, and great results), and that won’t break the bank. Shop around, ask your friends, get online reviews, and use a coupon or discount! Tanning salons will almost always offer coupons online to get you in the door.
I think the most important part of having healthy, sexy skin is getting a good routine and sticking to it. Try different options for cleansing, moisturizing, hair removal, and tanning, and stay with what works for you. It doesn’t hurt (usually) to try new things, but don’t go to extremes, because your skin may try to compensate. If you like how someone’s skin looks: Ask them what they do! They may not share secrets, but they could also be flattered and give you one or two beauty gems. Of course, they may be one of the lucky ones who lives on Pop Tarts and Diet Coke, and who still somehow has a glowing complexion. C’est la vie.