Four Rules One Spa Director Swears By For Healthy Summer Skin

Here's how one spa director keeps her skin healthy under the Hawaiian summer sun. // Photo courtesy of Shutter Stuck(Shutterstock)

Summer is in full swing, and with the change in season comes harmful UV rays, chlorine, sweat, and humidity, meaning it’s more important than ever to ensure your skin is well cared for. Skincare rules can get tricky, so we did the research for you and spoke with Kamala Nayeli, director of spa and wellness at Hawaii's award-winning Spa Halekulani, on how you should be caring for your skin this summer. Here's what the industry vet had to say:

  1. Don’t Over Exfoliate: The layer of dead skin acts as protection from UV rays during the day, meaning you are less likely to suffer from a sunburn. For those with mature skin, exfoliating twice a week is recommended. For those with sensitive skin, using a mild exfoliant no more than twice a month will result in a healthier and smoother complexion. Try a spa treatment like Spa Halekulani's Halekulani Supreme (100 minutes, $315) deluxe body treatment, which combines a full body exfoliation and soothing soak, followed by a moisturizing wrap and relaxing massage, which will improve circulation, provide skin renewal, and release muscular tension.
  2. Apply Sunscreen Once Every Hour: Many people who suffer from sunburn ignore the labels on sun protection products. While application regularity depends on the amount of protection—or SPF—the sunscreen has, it would be best to apply at least once every hour as a precaution. A popular question that our estheticians are often asked is if the SPF in makeup really protects against UV rays. We always recommend applying a thin base coat of sunscreen before makeup application as an extra layer of protection. When it comes to skin care, quality is key. I'd recommend either a natural or chemical-free sunscreen.
  3. Moisturize. Moisturize. And Moisturize: Youthful skin never goes out of style. Finding a year-round moisturizer that works for you is perhaps one of the most important skincare tips. At Spa Halekulani, we offer the Quench Facial (50 minutes, $185)—our July treatment of the month—which promotes lasting effects of hydration with specialty moisture products, and the After Glow Post-Sun Body Treatment (50 minutes, $175), which combines the healing effects of aloe vera and noni to quench your body’s dry skin.
  4. Stay Hydrated: What goes into your body is as important as what goes on it. The average human should drink approximately their weight divided by two (in ounces) of water per day, meaning a person who weighs 140 pounds should drink about 70 ounces of water per day. If you exercise and sweat heavily, this amount should increase. Drinking water has many other health benefits including clearer skin and ridding the body of toxins.  Remember, you should not ever feel the sensation of being thirsty, as that is a symptom of dehydration.


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