Ultimate Guide to Summer Skincare Preparing and Protecting Your Skin

Ultimate Guide to Summer Skincare

Preparing and Protecting Your Skin

As the summer sun approaches, it’s essential to revamp your skincare routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing throughout the season. With increased exposure to UV rays and higher temperatures, and all the summer fun, your skin requires extra care and protection. In this blog, we will explore effective ways to prepare and take care of your skin during these warm summer months.

Preparation for Summer:

  1. Hydration is Key:

Start by hydrating your skin from within. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh. We recommend incorporating hydrating serums such as our Alastin Hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine to maintain moisture levels with a decreased risk of breaking out. We think of the Winter as dehydrating our skin, but forget that the summer heat causes us to perspire creating a lot of moisture loss.   

  1. Exfoliation:

Exfoliation is crucial to keeping the pores clean by removing dead skin cells and revealing a brighter complexion. We love summer fun and that usually results in more dirt and grime exposure.  Opt for a gentle exfoliator to avoid irritating your skin if you are dryer. For more oiler skin types we recommend a combination of chemical and physical exfoliation. Regular exfoliation helps prevent clogged pores and breakouts during the summer.  We highly recommend: 

  • Dryer skin: 2 minute reveal by Defenage
  • Our EpidermRx microdermabrasion scrub and/or our EpidermRx G-S/G5-2 pads

 

  1. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen:

One of the most important steps in preparing your skin for summer is applying sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours when outdoors. This will protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent sunburn and premature aging.  We believe one of the biggest barriers to sunscreen protection with our clients is choosing the right one for your skin type and lifestyle.  Always consult with your skincare provider to recommend the best one for you!

 

Skincare During Summer:

 

  1. Cleanse Twice a Day:

During the summer months, sweat, sunscreen, and pollutants can build up on your skin, leading to breakouts and dullness. Make sure to cleanse your skin twice a day to remove impurities and keep your pores clear.  

 

  1. Lightweight Moisturizer:

Switch to a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer or serum alone during summer to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Look for non-comedogenic formulas that won’t weigh down your skin in the heat. We love the Alastin Hyaluronic serum and their ultra light moisturizer.  Talk with your skincare professional and see if you can incorporate your moisturizer and spf in one! Alastin HydraTint is a great option for hydration, glow and SPF!

 

  1. Vitamin C is a must!

Vitamin C is a powerhouse ingredient with numerous benefits for your skin all year round, but especially during the summer months. As a potent antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect your skin from sun damage by neutralizing free radicals generated by UV exposure, reducing the risk of sunburn and premature aging. Additionally, vitamin C brightens and evens out your skin tone, diminishing the appearance of sunspots and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help soothe sunburned skin and promote faster healing. Incorporating vitamin C into your summer skincare routine boosts collagen production, improves skin texture, and enhances your skin’s overall health and radiance in the face of increased sun exposure.

 

4. Cooling Face Mists:

Keep a facial mist handy to refresh and hydrate your skin throughout the day. Look for mists with ingredients like aloe vera or cucumber to soothe and cool your skin on hot days.  We are obsessed with our Jane Iredale hydration sprays.  They can be used alone or to set their amazing mineral makeup bases(which are also physical mineral sunblocks) and make them last all day while refreshing, hydrating and brightening the skin.

 

5. Protect Your Lips: 

Don’t forget to protect your lips from the sun by using a lip balm with SPF. Lips can easily become dry and chapped by the sun and wind during the summer, so apply a hydrating balm regularly to keep them soft and smooth.  Those who work in environments that are always exposed to the sun should make sure to use SPF as the risk of skin cancer on the lips is greater. Try our “Plump Pucker” lip plumper lip gloss with spf 30, or our Jane Iredale hydrating lip drink with SPF 15!

 

6. After-Sun Care:

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, consider using after-sun products to soothe and repair your skin. Aloe vera gel or a calming moisturizer can help reduce redness and inflammation caused by sun exposure.  Our favorite products are the Epiderm peptide mask and any Vitamin E based products, such as our Power house C,E, ferulic or the Jane Iredale hydration sprays.

 

What are the best treatments during the summer months?

During the summer, it’s important to adjust your skincare treatments to address specific concerns that may arise due to increased sun exposure, heat, and humidity. Some of the best skincare treatments to consider during the summer months include:

  1. Opt for hydrating and cooling face masks containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, cucumber, aloe vera, or vitamin C and E to replenish, moisturize, combat the free radicals damage we are accruing, and focus on soothing sun-exposed skin.  
  2. Hydrating Facials: Let’s face it (pun intended) In the midwest we cherish every minute of our summer and find it is so easy to take less time for our skin. This is why we recommend our powerhouse lunchtime Geneo Glo2 facials in the summer! The Glo2 facials are a quick and result oriented 45 min with results lasting for days..  Our favorites for summer are the Detox, Hydrate, Illuminate, revive, and Glam facials! If you want the most amazing glowing skin for an event, definitely opt for our Glam facial!
  3. Chemical Peels: Gentle exfoliating treatments such as lactic and glycolic peels are light chemical peels that can help remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote cell turnover without causing irritation or sensitivity in the sun.
  4. Antioxidant Serums: Incorporate antioxidant-rich serums containing ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, or green tea extract to protect your skin from UV damage and environmental stressors while brightening and evening out your skin tone.
  5. Mild Retinoid Treatments: Consider using a mild retinoid treatment to address sun damage, fine lines, and uneven skin texture. Start with a lower concentration and gradually increase frequency to avoid sensitivity to sunlight.
  6. Cooling Eye Treatments: Use cooling eye gels or creams with ingredients like cucumber, caffeine, or hyaluronic acid to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and signs of fatigue during the hot summer days. One of our favorites is the IMAGE Skincare Restoring Eye Masks.
  7. SPF-Infused Moisturizers: Opt for moisturizers with built-in SPF protection to ensure your skin stays hydrated and shielded from harmful UV rays without the need for additional sunscreen layers. We love the Alastin HydraTint!
  8. After-Sun Soothing Treatments: Keep aloe vera gel, soothing moisturizers, or calming vitamin E products on hand to alleviate sunburn, redness, and inflammation caused by prolonged sun exposure.

 

By incorporating these skincare tips into your summer routine, you can effectively address seasonal skin concerns, maintain hydration, protect against sun damage, and keep your skin looking healthy and radiant throughout the summer months. Remember to consult with a skincare professional for personalized recommendations tailored to your skin type and concerns.

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