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Glowing Safely: A Sun-Kissed Guide to UV Safety from Your Esthetician

By Kelsee Bell, Licensed Esthetician and Owner of KJB Beauty.

Hello, sunshine enthusiasts! As you bask in the warm embrace of those golden rays, we want to make sure you’re not only soaking up the good vibes but also taking steps to keep your skin and overall health in check. Sun is important, but excessive sun exposure can risk sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging. It’s important to be aware and intentional with your time in the sun. Join on this sun-kissed journey as I, your friendly esthetician, spill the secrets on UV safety with a dash of fun and a sprinkle of wisdom.

1. Sunscreen: Your Skin’s Superhero!

First things first – meet your skin’s ultimate sidekick: sunscreen! Whether you’re surfing the waves or conquering the concrete jungle, slather on that SPF like you’re preparing for battle when you start your day. I recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 for daily use. Well-protected skin means fewer visits to your doctor’s office to battle UV-related foes. Make sure you’re reapplying your SPF throughout the day. It’s important that you’re protecting your skin during peak UV exposure. A favorite in my spa are Sorella Apothecary’s SPFs. Another favorite is Black Girl Sunscreen, available in Walmart and Target and on Amazon. Ask your esthetician or dermatologist at your next visit if they have an SPF in their line that would go great with your routine!

2. Sunglasses and Attire: Look Cool, Stay Cool!

Shield those peepers with style! Your esthetician knows the glamour of a chic pair of shades, but did you know your eyes crave that UV protection too? Healthcare providers emphasize how sunglasses with UV protection are not just a fashion statement but a shield against potential eye issues. Keep those shades close – you’re not just protecting your eyes but adding a touch of mystery to your look! Elevate your style with UV-blocking sunglasses, oversized frames and chic hats. Or wear sun-smart clothing that has UPF (ultraviolet protection factor).

3. Hydration: Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Hydration is the key to many things, including a radiant glow. Consider refreshing facial mists to keep your skin dewy – and of course guzzle that water. Hydrated skin is resilient skin, ready to face the sun and whatever adventures come your way.

4. Outdoor Workouts: Sweat and Shine!

We understand the allure of a sun-soaked yoga session or a beachside jog. It’s all about that healthy glow! But time those workouts wisely. Opt for early mornings or late afternoons to avoid the sun’s peak intensity. Balance is the name of the game, and your skin will thank you for it!

5. Monthly Skin Checkups: Know Your Canvas!

Your skin is your canvas, and both your esthetician and healthcare provider champion regular checkups. Schedule monthly self-examinations and an annual professional skin check. Your esthetician can recommend fabulous skin care routines, while your healthcare provider ensures you catch any suspicious spots before they steal your glow.

6. Vitamin D Dance: A Balanced Routine!

Let’s talk about the sunshine vitamin – D! Your esthetician applauds a balanced approach, encouraging a sun-kissed glow without overdoing it. Your healthcare provider can check your vitamin D levels and provide supplements if needed. It’s all about finding that rhythm for a healthy, radiant you. You can also nourish your skin from the inside out with antioxidant-rich foods.

So there you have it, our radiant rebels! UV safety isn’t a chore – it’s a sun-drenched adventure waiting to unfold. Your esthetician and healthcare provider are your trusty guides, ensuring you navigate the world of UV rays with style, wisdom and a whole lot of glow. Remember, embrace the sun, but do it smartly – your skin, health and that infectious radiance of yours depend on it! Stay sun-kissed and glow safely, you shining stars!

Kelsee Bell, owner of KJB Beauty in Champaign, has been licensed for six years in the Champaign-Urbana area. She can be reached on Facebook and Instagram by searching K.J.B. Beauty.