Posted By: Barbara Beckley Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer in Palm Springs! Time to wow the poolside crowd with your gorgeous, glowing skin. But can you be a swim suit cutie – and not fast-forward your skin’s aging process in the sizzling summer heat? 

 

Yes!  Here’s how from a Palm Springs skin-care pro.   

 

“Staying hydrated is the key,” said Paula Offner, esthetician at the nature-centric Saguaro Spa at the hip new Saguaro Palm Springs, a Joie de Vivre hotel.  “We perspire more in the summer – even sunbathing can be draining -- so it’s very important to increase your water intake. Water is good for every cell in our body.” 

 

But not just any water. “Drink the tap water,” Paula enthused. “Palm Springs has some of the best water on earth. One of the world’s finest natural aquifers is under the ground. It filters the water naturally, so our tap water is clean, tastes good and is filled with natural, healthful minerals.” 

 

Who knew? According to the Desert Water Agency, which supplies water to Palm Springs and surrounding communities, the drinking water is pumped from deep wells that reach the highest quality water within the aquifer. The water is filtered through natural-occurring sand, gravel and clay.

 

Next, embrace the perspiration. “Sweating helps eliminate impurities,” she said. “I love Palm Springs in the summer because it’s like a natural healthy sauna.” 

 

For moisturizing, Paula prefers natural, fragrance-free, oil-free, water-based skin care products found in health food stores. She also recommends Ilike, the Hungarian organic skin care line available at the Saguaro Spa.

 

“Read the label,” she says. “Look for the words ‘pure’ or ‘organic’. Don’t buy it 'mineral oil’ is the first ingredient.”    

 

Shea butter and beeswax are must-have ingredients. “Shea butter keeps the skin soft and prevents it from drying out. Beeswax is a natural shield to keep water in and the sun out. Use them on your lips, the palms of your hands and your feet.” 

 

Daily sunscreen is mandatory, too. Use different SPF numbers for different body parts: SPF 40 or 50 on your neck and chest – “they get even more sun than our faces, because sunglasses and hats shade only our heads,” she said. Minimum SPF 30 on your face, and at least SPF 15 on your body.

 

Yes, you can -- tan. Just “don’t get competitive with your friends,” she laughed. “You will always tan in the sun. Be patient.” 

 

If you’ve got a minute – these are so-o easy. Here are Paula’s all-natural home remedies for a radiant desert complexion.  

 

Paula’s Energizing Masque

1 tsp. honey

½ tsp olive oil

One egg, beaten

A few drops, rose water

 

Mix. Smooth onto your face for five to 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.  Apply twice a week. “This exercises the face,” she said. It stimulates blood circulation to the surface of the skin; and nourishes and oxygenates your complexion.”

 

Paula’s Desert Moisturizer

1 tsp. avocado oil

1 tsp. lemon juice

 

Mix. Apply to your face day and/or night as a moisturizer.  

 

You can meet Paula at the Saguaro Spa for additional tips and facial pampering including organic Hungarian paprika gels and yogurt power peals.   

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