Winter in Minnesota is so drab. The sky is grey, your skin and complexion feel dull and it affects your mood, self confidence and overall self image.

A spray tan is the fastest and easiest thing you can do to instantly lift your mood and boost your self confidence. You will look in the mirror and instantly feel slimmer, look more toned and have an overall sense of looking and feeling healthy. However, a spray tan on top of dull, dehydrated, flaky skin can result in total disaster. Here are a few tips to practice at home and keep in mind for your beauty regimen.

Your winter skin routine can (and should) be a little different than warm weather days, but it doesn’t need to be complicated!

Step #1 – Exfoliate gently 1-2 times a week

Before loading up on yummy body butters and body oils, you’ll want to gently buff away and exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating a few times a week will help the trapped and dull skin cells on your body loosen up to reveal brighter, younger, fresher skin below. Using a body brush or our EXFOLIATE exfoliating mitt ($20) will be the easiest and most effective way to rid that top layer of dead skin.

 

Why should you exfoliate, especially before a goGLOW tan?

  • Exfoliation will give you even textured skin. The removal of dead skin cells will rid dry patches and uneven looking skin.
  • It will brighten your skin, keeping it soft and glowing.
  • Exfoliating will keep your pores from clogging, which keeps congestion and acne under control.
  • Proper exfoliation will improve circulation, stimulating collagen and fight aging skin.
  • Our EXFOLIATE Deep Exfoliating Mitt reduces pesky ingrown hairs and smooths any bumps on the skin.
  • Exfoliating will help skin care products absorb properly thus making them more effective. All of your favorite healthy lotions, serums and oils will penetrate deeper into the skin. What’s the point of spending hundreds on products if they aren’t able to get in there and do their job?

 

Step #2 – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

First, drink lots of water! You will always see our goGLOW girls with a bottle of water in hand.

Second, hydrate your skin topically. After buffing away dead skin cells, your skin is thirsty and ready to drink up some nutrients! Let’s first start with how we get dry, dehydrated skin in the first place. Dehydrated skin is different than dry skin, did you know that? Dry skin is a skin type, something you’re born with, which means your skin doesn’t produce enough oil. Dehydrated skin is a condition, something that can fluctuate due to seasons, diet, water intake, etc. Most of us have dehydrated skin which is why we have itchy, flaky, dull looking skin in the winter. Dehydrated skin can also create an overproduction of oil on the skin’s surface causing breakouts! The best way to keep our skin HYDRATED in the winter are products rich in natural (not man made or chemical) emollients and organic plant extracts. A few of our favorite products are RMS Beauty Oil, Prtty Peaushun and our HYDRATE.

Our HYDRATE ($15 – $28) is full of natural enzymes that repair weak, dehydrated skin and promote the body’s own natural moisture levels. It’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fruit extracts, which combat skin aging caused by environmental exposure and free radicals in the air. Along with being paraben free, gluten free and loaded with yummy ingredients, this product will keep your goGLOW spray tan looking flawless and hydrated.

Careful, as not all brands of body butter and lotions are created equal! Many include mineral oils, ethanols, petroleums, PEG’s (which are made up of Ethylene oxide, which is highly toxic, even in small batches), alcohols, parabens (toxic preservatives), and synthetic perfumes and fragrances, which can dry and irritate your skin even more.

For our precious faces, we are coveting RMS Beauty Oil (1 oz for $78), formulated from the finest oils and herbal extracts made exclusively in house. RMS Beauty’s ‘Beauty Oil’ is described as “pure, simple and organic.” A few drops will give your skin a radiant glow, with extra protective anti-aging antioxidants.

For face, body and hair to be radiantly glowing and hydrated, we turn to Prtty Peaushun ($29 – $390. Think of this as “Photoshop in a pouch”. Not only does the glowing shade of lotion give the impression of a week in the tropics, but the skin conditioning benefits are myriad. Blended with Avocado Oil, Arnica and Japanese Green Tea, this tinted moisturizer formula lifts, firms and tightens the skin which helps heal sunburns, repel insects and even soothe sore muscles and diminishes bruises. PRTTY PEAUSHUN is free of gluten, dyes, synthetic fragrance, animal products, petroleum products and toxins of any kind. The glow in this tinted moisturizer is very warm and golden to complement all skin tones. You’ll want to use it everywhere you want gorgeous glowing skin!

 

Step #3 – Read your labels

At goGLOW we are hardcore advocates for the sulfate-free, paraben-free, beauty conscious and awareness movement that is slowly happening. We like knowing what we are putting on our skin, and on our children’s skin, is safe and non-toxic. For the life of your tan, we ask our clients to stay away from “mineral oil”, “ethanol”, “petroleum”, and “parabens”. The reason is because they break down the tan, shorten the life of the tan and make the tan fade in all sorts of patches. Why? Because they’re blocking oxygen from getting in and out of your skin are skin irritants, non-natural and simply not safe. As your skin is dehydrated, and thirsty, these ingredients in lotions and oils will dry out your skin even more.

If you are having skin troubles, consider eliminating mineral oil and petroleum from your routine, especially when you have a goGLOW tan. It is considered “comedogenic” which means it clogs your pores, and increases the risk of acne and blackheads. There are so many alternatives to mineral oil and petroleum that are healthier for the skin and provide better results.

At goGLOW we are truly passionate about our clients having healthy skin all year round. We are completely objective when choosing the products we carry because we don’t work for one specific brand or label. Every GLOWing tan looks better on healthy skin, so that is our highest priority!

 

Cheers to healthy, winter GLOWing skin!

 

xo The goGLOW girls

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