by Kerry Firth
At long last, spring has sprung! Majestic oaks are the first to sport spring colors with brilliant lime green leaves they wear for just a few weeks before changing to dark summer green. Spring breezes transport white billowy clouds across the brilliant blue sky. And flowers bloom in effervescent crimson, pink and orange.
Following nature’s lead, we too shed our winter grays and blacks and dress in vibrant hues. Only problem is - we dress in less, so we need to make sure what’s hidden beneath those winter sweaters is ready to be shown! It’s time to head to the gym and work out for a sculpted body! Exercising can be fun if you join the new Zumba dance craze or high octane spinning classes that burn in excess of 500 calories per hour. The key is to move. The more you move, the better the benefits, including leaner body mass and more energy due to the release of endorphins. If you don’t belong to a gym just get out and walk. What better time to explore your neighborhood, local park or the beach than when the weather is mild and the sun is shining!
But even the most strenuous workouts sometimes won’t reduce stubborn cellulite. That’s when you need to check out the new slim capsule at Planet Beach Contempo Spa in Vero which magically reduces those unsightly ripples while you relax. While your there you can jump start your tan with a mystic spray tan!
If varicose veins are keeping you from wearing shorts, Dr. Larry Landsman of the Aesthetic Dermatology Center in Vero Beach can make them disappear. Those unsightly purple road maps will fade into obscurity so throw out the stockings and get ready to bare! Unwanted hair on the back or bikini line can also be removed, leaving you with smooth skin that’s bathing suit ready!
Now is time to highlight your hair with bold sun streaks even before you hit the beach. The professionals at Studio Gabriel or Vitality Institute & Hair Artistry can get you started and the Florida sun can keep it glowing! Get a sassy cut that swings while you play and is easily shaped after a swim. And if you don’t want to come out of the ocean looking like a drowned rat, let Doreen at Vitality Institute apply permanent eye liner and eyebrows! Keep your lips bright and luscious under water and in the hot summer sun with stay on lip color by Sengence. Imagine swimming, sweating and playing in the hot summer sun and your makeup looking as fresh as it did when you went out in the morning.
So now that we know how to look good in summertime activities, we must take precautions to stay good by protecting our skin from harmful rays. Sun protection helps prevent skin damage, wrinkles, and reduces the risk of developing skin cancer. Newer broad-spectrum sunscreens contain products to block both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen with an SPS of 30 should be reapplied at least every two hours to work. Avoid sunbathing, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing. Dress to protect!
You’re now ready to spring into summer, so get out and enjoy the perfect Florida weather before it gets too hot! Now is the time to go fishing, boating, kayaking, biking and hiking. Talk to the experts at Everything Outdoors about how to spruce up your garden and grow some herbs for summer cooking. Spruce up your patio with new outdoor furniture and a summer kitchen for your own private oasis. Or if your missing your green thumb, stop by your local Farmer’s market to pick up some fresh produce. Take a mini vacation at one of our fine resort hotels. You’ll get a taste of the Caribbean at Capt. Hirams, latin flavor at Costa d’ Este, old world charm at the Driftwood, and southern comfort at Springhill Suites and Surf Club Hotel; all with special off-season rates for locals to enjoy! Remember, people from all over the world flock to our shores and spend thousands of dollars to enjoy what we have in our own backyard!