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How to keep your healthy summer glow

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Summer skin & hair that lasts

You spend all summer perfecting your glowing skin and radiant hair, only to have it all fade away come September. Follow these expert tips to keep your healthy summer glow well into the fall.
Summer hair and skin


We all love the healthy glow of summer skin, but everyone wants to know how to maintain it into the fall. The experts at award-winning Le Jardin Day Spa offered us these ten things you can do to help keep the look of summer skin, hair and nails well into next season.

Let skin breathe

Try to avoid using products with heavy filters and pore-clogging ingredients during the harsh days of summer. Mineral makeup allows skin to breathe on humid days. It acts as a chemical-free sun block, naturally shielding the skin against damaging UV light.

Bronze on the sun

A light bronzer helps to extend your tan and maintain a healthy glow well into the chilly days of fall.

Re-direct imperfection

Light diffusing makeup deflects light away from the fine lines and wrinkles created by the unkind rays of the summer sun, or after cosmetic surgery, chemical peels, laser treatments, or for individuals who suffer from rosacea, acne, hyperpigmentation and other skin conditions.

Add some pop

Add some color to your toe and finger nails. A pop of summer color will make your skin look fresh and young. Deep reds, pinks and plums are great transition colors … they can take you from summer to fall seamlessly.

Don't underestimate a top coat

Le Jardin's expert nail technicians recommend polishing your toes with a top coat of clear enamel before you head out to the beach on Labor Day weekend. This added layer of polish will protect your pedicure from the abrasive nature of sand and keep your color steadfast in to September.

SPF for your hair

Protect hair color with shampoo and conditioner that contains UV sunscreen, such as L'Oreal Sublime. It protects hair from harmful rays, moisturizes and resists fadeout to keep color looking vibrant way in to fall. Ask your stylist for a list of products that contain an SPF.

Condition all day

Le Jardin suggests that you generously apply a leave-in conditioner, such as Icon-Sultry, to damp hair immediately after swimming or while sun-bathing to extend your color, and to prevent split ends.

Hot stone massage

Sunless tanning

All self-tanners are not created equal. Regardless of how you feel about the sun, summer means we bare more skin. Along with the Good Housekeeping Institute, Le Jardin recommends using Fake Bake Self Tanning Crème.

Can't bear the heat

Avoid using very hot water when showering or washing your hair. Warm water always works best to dissolve soap and shampoo; hot water can actually make your hair limp and dry out your skin. In fact, try rinsing your hair with cool water when you're finished with your shower, it locks in a great shine and helps you maintain skin moisture.

Wrap-up summer skin

The benefits from massages and body wraps, from hot stone to sea salt and seaweed glows, are endless and can keep you feeling like it is summer all year long. Massage and body wraps can reduce water retention, the appearance of cellulite, tension and muscle pain, as well as increase oxygen and blood flow throughout the body - keeping you feeling fresh, healthy, toned and invigorated throughout the year.

Le Jardin is the most award-winning and credentialed spa in the Philadelphia-area. It is located in a beautifully restored Victorian mansion in the charming village of Collegeville, PA. This beauty oasis offers a relaxing and elegant environment, as well as the highest quality aesthetic services on the market today. If you are in the area, be sure to take advantage of this wonderful spa.

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