Let me take a moment to introduce myself; my name is Danielle Balistreri and I am the owner & esthetician at The Skin Boutique in Rancho San Diego, CA. We specialize in all customized facials specific to your skin type and conditions, custom natural spray tans, & only the best skincare products.  Skincare is my absolute favorite subject. So,  I made my passion and love for skincare my career in 2006. I am a total skin nerd. Enough about me, lets talk about some skincare. 


Summer is an important time to take care of our skin. I am a firm believer in taking good care of your pretty skin all year round, but let me tell you why during this season it is in your best interest to pay special attention. SPF is the #1 anti aging product you can get. Do you know why? It is because sun damage is the #1 culprit for premature aging. Everyone can get sun damage & I’m not just talking sunburns. You can have sun damage without getting a burn. Summer brings us more sunny days with more outdoor activities so we need to know how to protect ourselves. Protecting yourself from the sun doesn’t mean that you cannot get a tan though. A very big myth is that you wont get a tan if you use SPF. . .That’s False. You can still get a sun kissed glow. . . You just will not get burned. We all need to change the way we think and feel about sunscreen. If you don’t wear SPF on the REG  (on the REG I’m talking about daily) now is your time to start. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than ALL other cancers combined. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.  With that said, lets flip the switch and change the statistics. You can have an amazing summer without getting burned with the best skin! Here are my top 5 tips to keep your skin in tiptop shape during these sun worshiping months: 


1: Exfoliate regularly; just not too much. Over exfoliating can hurt our skin. Using products that our gentle but effective on the skin helps our skin breathe and glow, but also allows our products to absorb better.  For the face my top picks are Thermal Scrub & Pretty Polish by The Skin Boutique. Also Dermalogica daily micro exfoliant. For the body, hands down- Roses n Roses Rosie Cheeks Coffee scrub. Also by the way. . I love Roses new Sea Clay Mask which also exfoliates and restores the face and body. 



2: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Internally and externally. Drinking plenty of H2O is so important for healthy skin and a healthy body. I totally can pick out my water drinker clients verse my clients who don’t get there daily dose of water.  Externally hydrating our skin is key. Choose 2 moisturizers; a daytime with SPF & a night time moisturizer. Also pick a body oil or moisturizer and keep your body hydrated. Applying these day and night will enhance your skin and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much this tip will really change your skin. My top choices for the face; Tint Perfect & Half Caff Glow by The Skin Boutique. Body is Roses Body Balm & Shimmering or bronzing oil. 


3: Use a serum or product with Vitamin C daily. All year round actually, but here’s why it’s especially wonderful now. . . Vit. C offers sun protection, but it doesn’t work like sunscreen, which acts as a barrier. The powerful antioxidant (vit. C) works by decreasing the damage caused by free radicals on the DNA of skin cells. It can also reverse photo aging by stimulating collagen production in the skin. I use my Vita C super boost every single day. . . I can’t live without it! 



4: Spray Tan! You don’t have to lay out for hours & hours to have a perfect vacation looking color.  Using a natural airbrush solution in a salon or spa, or finding a sunless tanning product to use at home will keep the pressure off of you to soak up some potentially damaging rays. You can ‘Fake it” and look tan and summer ready all summer long.  No time for spray tanning? Don’t like to be locked in to a tan ? Roses n Rose Bronzing or Shimmering  Oil! 




5:  USE SPF DAILY. No question. Your makeup doesn’t count. Get a good facial moisturizer or tinted moisturizer and use it everyday, even if you aren’t going to be out in the sun. It’s a good practice .  I suggest using a product with a high % of zinc to ensure you block any further sun damage and prevent any dark spots from getting darker. My top choices in SPF are again Tint Perfect & Half Caff Glow by The Skin Boutique. For the body we have 2 new amazing body SPF Sprays! Which I love! All That + 50  SPF & Basic Girl 30 (basic girl launching in Aug 2019 & is our all natural spray SPF) 


Moral of the story. . . If you want better skin, you can have it with these pretty simple tips/ steps. 

Lets recap:  Rethink your skin routine and make sure you are exfoliating, hydrating, and using a C & SPF daily.  If you need more help or have questions, I’m always here to assist any skincare issues. Make it a good skin day & remember . . . use your SPF; it’s your BFF. 

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