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While we are deep into winter, most people are not thinking about summer, but now is the best time to start prepping our bodies for the warmer months when skin is on display. The key to great skin is consistency as the results are cumulative, so if you start now, the impact will be that much greater.

Start treating your body like you treat your face. This means you should cleanse, tone, and moisturize it every day, at least once a day. There are great body products on the market that make this easy and pleasurable.

The evening is the most crucial time of the day for your body routine, so do not skip it. Products are 60% more effective when our bodies are at rest. And remember that the air that surrounds us is filled with dirt, smog, dust, and other free radicals. These particles stick to our clothing and skin throughout the day and transfer to the surfaces we touch. When you don’t bathe or shower at night, you are bringing the streets to your sheets.

Massage, Microcurrents and Dry Brushing are great tools to tone, lift and tighten. While there is no replacement for exercise and movement, these are great maintenance tools for your skin.

Massage is a vital step in an effective non-invasive skin care regimen. It speeds up circulation, bringing more oxygen to the tissue, resulting in brighter, healthier skin.

Dry brushing should be done in the morning as it is quite invigorating. It is a great energizing and purifying treatment. It boosts blood circulation, sheds dead, dehydrated skin cells, plumps the skin temporarily through micro swelling which decreases the appearance of cellulite, and it helps flush toxins from the body.

Microcurrent therapies utilize low level electrical currents on targeted muscles to mimic those in the body. They stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, lift, and tone the muscles, and repair damaged tissue. They have also been proven to stimulate the body’s production of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy. ATP energy accelerates cell repair and promotes healthier cell production, which in turn improves circulation.

Lifestyle choices are paramount to overall skin health and the way it looks and feels. Products and treatments make up about 30% of the vitality of our skin. The rest comes from our diet, physical exercise, mental well-being, the right amount of sleep, avoiding smoking, excessive drinking, drugs, and the overconsumption of sugar.