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Top 5 Pre-Summer Checklist

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Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner! Are you ready for warm weather, beaches, and sun? We compiled a short list to get you ready. Here is our top 5 checklist to get ready for the summer.

#1 Get In Shape

I get it. Kids, work, the house, yard, social engagements…you’re busy. Who isn’t? But if you don’t start somewhere, it’s never going to happen. The key here is to start small and then build up from there. How about taking a short jog around the block a few days a week? If that’s not your thing, try using the stairs at work, riding a bike instead of using an uber, etc. You’d be surprised how much these little things can add up over a period of time.

#2 Clean Up The Diet

It’s tempting to go for hot dogs and beer when you are enjoying a Sunday barbeque with friends, but it is not the best thing for your body or your skin. Making small changes in your diet can really help your body out in the long run and you’ll feel so much better! Try adding in some greens into your diet. These guys are packed with tons of nutrients that will help fuel your body and help you feel full of energy. Is there a Whole Foods nearby? If so, try their kale and brussel sprout salad. It’s actually really tasty and goes along with chicken, fish, or even just on it’s own. When thinking about a quick fix, reach for some almonds. Trader Joes has an amazing selection of almonds and they are not only full of fiber, but considered to be a great anti-inflammatory food. Salmon would another choice to consider including into your diet routine. It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids and protein which should help cut cravings and make you feel fuller longer.

#3 Hair Removal

It’s that time of the year when it’s time to think about getting rid of that unwanted, pesky hair. Guys you might want to think about getting laser hair removal on your back because, let’s face it, no one really wants to see that. The obvious choice here for women would be legs (but there’s also plenty other areas to choose from!) Intense pulsed light (IPL) is the cheapest way to do it, but you will need multiple treatments. You can also try a real laser treatment, which is a little pricier, but typically gives better results and less treatments.

#4 Skincare Regimen

If you aren’t taking care of your skin now, you really should consider getting on a regimen (20 years from now you will be happy you did). We are all aging and if you don’t have a medical grade system lined up for you, get one. A typical regimen goes something like this: 
Morning: cleanser, serum, (optional moisturizer), sunscreen
Evening: cleanser, serum, moisturizer

According to a study published in 2006 it takes 90-120 days to see new collagen from retinol usage. Not to fear though, even starting a basic regimen should heed results. If you can control inflammation, it’s possible to slow or stop many skin issues. Need a good place to start? Take our skincare quiz- it creates a personalized skin care regimen with medical grade products. Easy peasy.   

#5 Spray Tan

You would be surprised how many people get them. Do it a few days before going on your summer trip. With tanning beds increasingly being linked to skin cancer, who wants to deal with that? A safe, fast, and generally economic way to look like you’ve been in the sun is a spray tan. After picking the tint, you go into a private room and either a technician will spray the tan on your body or you hop into a machine that does it for you. It’s a great way to get some color to your skin without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays from the sun.

Now you’ve got 5 tips for getting ready for the summer. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for some fun in the sun. You can thank us later when you are feeling and looking great on the next trip! 

To summer fun,

 

Team Reflect

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