Here’s how to …
Properly worship the sun.
Tricia Faust, the lead aesthetician at Oleksandra Spa & Salon at Treasure Island, says the key to bronzed, beautiful and healthy skin this summer is no secret: Lather up with a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and limit your time in the sun. But she also tells clients that, after a day in the sun, they should apply a soothing moisturizer (Faust’s favorite is Intraceuticals’ Moisture Binding Cream). It’s also wise to drink plenty of water to keep skin moist and hydrated, and to take vitamins A, C and E every day. Vitamin A keeps skin looking young, while also fighting acne, stretch marks and eczema. Vitamin C boosts skin’s collagen and D metabolizes skin cell growth. “Eat foods such as strawberries and blueberries, which are full of antioxidants to keep your skin looking young and fresh,” she says. To learn more, visit triciafaust.com. To schedule an appointment, call Oleksandra at 894-7474.
Keep bugs out of the house.
When the heat hits, don’t be surprised to find unwanted insects shacking up and stealing your crumbs, water and air-conditioning. Bugs come out more during the summer months than any other time of the year. In the Las Vegas Valley, you’ll typically find ants, aphids (the rose-sucking insects), Oriental cockroaches and German cockroaches, also known as “water bugs.” Charles Moses, compliance and enforcement specialist for the Nevada Department of Agriculture, says that the most common mistake people make is buying the wrong types of pest control or mixing different types that shouldn’t be used together. When spraying, be sure to cover all cracks and crevices, such as spaces between walls, doors, and cabinets. Liquid baits are the best solution to get rid of ants. “Bugs are drawn to unclean surfaces, and can sense when there’s food laying around and when areas are not sanitized,” Moses explains. Other than chemicals, the best solution is keeping your floors food-free and clean. For other tips, visit agri.nevada.gov.
Use your pool to get in shape.
“Swimming is the perfect sport for all ages and athletic abilities,” says Jim Reitz, who has been coach of the UNLV Rebels swimming and diving team for 30 seasons. It’s an energy-intensive exercise that works many muscle groups while providing a great cardio workout. The water around you supports your body and helps to prevent injuries that are frequently associated with other sports. For beginners, Reitz says to start with a daily workout of 15 minutes. Using whatever stroke you do best, do the maximum number of lengths you can do without getting “out of breath,” rest for 10-30 seconds, and then repeat. Gradually, over the next few weeks, increase the number of lengths you do in a row and the number of minutes per day.
Keep your garden from getting scorched.
Angela O’Callaghan, a horticulture specialist with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and a longtime commentator on Nevada Public Radio, says it is very important to put mulch down; a couple inches help cool down the soil and reduce the need for water. Also, if you are growing certain plants that like sunlight but not too much sunlight, such as tomatoes, put a shade cloth over them to cut down the amount of light that goes through. Watch out for yellow leaves, burn spots or fruits that appear “bleached,” as these are signs that your plant may be on the brink of death. For more information, contact the Cooperative Extension at 222-3130.
Keep the slime out of your pool.
In Kurt Miller’s long career in the pool-cleaning business—most recently as owner of Las Vegas Pool Service—he has seen more than his share of slimy algae. The No. 1 thing that people do wrong, he says, is neglecting to clean out pool filters during the summer, or to change them (which you should do every four to five years). Also important to prevent infestation: brushing the sides of the pool regularly. “If a layer of dirt accumulates, algae begins to grow under the dirt,” he says, “and then the chlorine can’t get to it.” It’s first yellow in color, then green and, if you don’t do anything about it, it eventually turns black. Black algae is able to work its way through the concrete and into the ground and there’s no way to get rid of it except to re-plaster the entire pool.
– Charlotte Bates and Natalie Holbrook