Keeping It Cool
Learn to live summer in balance.
With just a few precious months to enjoy the weather,
it’s no fun staying indoors wrapped up like a mummy.
Learn these summertime good skin care practices.
Then go have fun while still being protected!
EXPERT SUN PROTECTION
PRE LOAD SUNSCREEN
Did you know sunscreen will build up in your skin if you apply it every night for up to 3 weeks before you go on vacation? This way you’re less likely to get a burn. Remember to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before exposure to give it time to be effective.
Apply your sunscreen twice to get the SPF protection you want. Be generous. The first application should be about the size of a peanut (in the shell) for your face and neck. Come back after you’re dressed and apply a second coat.
ZINC IT UP
Micro milled, zinc oxide based sunscreens are gentler on the skin and won’t clog your pores because they stay on the skin’s surface.
NIX THE EXCESS OIL
CLEAN A LITTLE MORE DEEPLY
A gel cleanser will cut oil better. Just remember to keep it detergent free. That means no sulfates (detergents) in the ingredient list.
TRY A SHEER MATTE OIL FREE FOUNDATION
Keep it light and natural looking. A good sunscreen also provides moisture so you can skip that extra step. A powder foundation may be all you need.
SIMPLIFY YOUR ROUTINE
In humid weather you may be able to get away with just wearing your treatment serum at night, without applying a moisturizer over it. If you have oily skin or you’re not in air conditioning this may work for you. If you live in air conditioning try an ultra-light, oil free, humectant based moisturizer during the summer.
This is the perfect time to focus on keeping pores clear. A clay based masque will gently exfoliate, remove impurities from the pores and hydrate your skin. Try it at least once a week in summer.
PERFECT WITH A PEEL
Having a professional Salicylic Peel clears away layers of clogging dead cells, lightens blemish stains, kills bacteria and slows oil production.
LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE
Problem skin clients often look towards the sun for a temporarily clearing of the skin. The problem is, there is always a backlash effect, which means you could be in for some pretty serious breakouts come fall.
ANTIOXIDANTS FOR BETTER SKIN
THE POWER OF LYCOPENE
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found in the red pigment of pink grapefruit, papayas, goji berries and tomatoes. It defends against UV damage & offers significant anti-aging protection to DNA in skin cells.
TOPICAL ANTIOXIDANT TREATMENTS
Topical application of lycopene is easily absorbed into the skin. It combats aging free radicals and assists in metabolic functions related to growth & repair. Layering a lycopene based serum under your sunscreen boosts your anti-aging sun protection.
VITAMIN C – A POTENT SKIN SAVER
Time tested Vitamin C is great for reducing age spots, wrinkles, blackheads and UV damage from the sun. Applied topically it can be 20 x’s more effective than taking it orally.
BE A SUN-WEAR FASHIONISTA
SUN HATS & PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
I love baseball caps but they just don’t cut it when it comes to sun protection. Look for a wide brim with built in SPF. There are great companies online that offer UV protective clothing.
Sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection will not only save you from getting deep crows-feet, they may also save your eyesight.
LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE
We are just becoming aware of High Energy Visible Light (HEV) which may be as damaging as UVA & UVB combined. Chemical sunscreens do not protect against this light. For now, use a physical block & protective clothing and watch for a new skin saving serum coming out soon, by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics.
Let’s all have a fun and safe summer!