Our skin has very different needs from season to season.
We should change our skincare products like we change our outfits, but when I'm speaking with clients this is often a forgotten step of their normal spring to summer or fall to winter routine.
What your skin needs in the winter is very different than what your skin needs in the summer.
With summer right around the corner, I thought I'd share a few of my top tips with you, so you can continue to have your best skin while you're enjoying your beach days.
1. Trade in your heavier creams and moisturizers for more lightweight, breathable formulas.
You're not wearing a heavy winter sweater or jacket anymore, so your skin shouldn't be either.
The heat and humidity that come with summer can make heavier creams and moisturizers feel intolerable on your skin.
Don't make your skin suffer. There are many great formulas out there that feel airy, but still give excellent hydration and barrier protection.
A few of my favorites are the Hale & Hush Hydrate Gel (this one can even be used as a cooling mask during the summer!), the Hale & Hush Vital Lipid Lotion, SkinScript's Light Aloe Moisturizer and SkinScript's Ageless Hydrating Moisturizer.
2. Add a lightweight hydrating serum to your routine to ensure your skin is still getting ample hydration.
A lightweight serum can add incredible benefits to your skin without the extra weight.
A favorite of mine is SkinScript's Ageless Hydrating Serum.
A light and airy formula that powerfully restores moisture to the skin. With the help of Honey, Aloe and Hyaluronic Acid, this serum aids in improving hydration, balancing surface lipids, lessening the appearance of wrinkles and plumping the skin.
Another great one is SkinScript's Vitamin C Serum.
Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant to be using all year long. Vitamin C helps to combat hyperpigmentation, improve the appearance of lines and helps with collagen production. A true staple to everyone's skincare routine.
3. Use sunscreen regularly and liberally.
From my experience with lots of clients all over the country, people believe if they put sunscreen on in the morning, they are good to go. WRONG! Applying sunscreen once doesn't protect you all day.
The sun protection factor (or SPF) of a sunscreen only lasts about 2 hours. And even within those 2 hours, the SPF starts to dwindle. For example, you may start at a 50, but by the time the 2 hours is up, you could be sitting at around a 10.
I recommend carrying your sunscreen with you when you know you are going to be out in the sun for a period of time.
I am partial to the Hale & Hush Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen. Not only does it protect from UVA and UVB rays like a broad spectrum sunscreen would, it also contains a special amino acid blend that protects from UVC rays as well! Plus, it's a Zinc Oxide, which many more people can use without having a negative reaction.
4. Don't forget about your eyes and lips.
Sunglasses and lip balm are your best friend.
You might be surprised at how much protection a good pair of sunglasses can give your eyes (and under eyes!) against the harmful rays of the sun.
People also often forget about their lips and end up with a sunburned or dried out pout and that's no fun!
Moroccan Magic's Organic Lip Balm is an incredible hydrator and a great way to moisturize after you've been in the sun.
5. Be sure to check in with your Esthetician!
While these are some great general tips for taking your skin from the dark days of winter to the bright nights of summer, make sure you check in with your Esthetician to ensure the changes you're making to your skincare routine are right for you.
Your Esthetician will know what you've been working on and trying to achieve and be able to help you make the best decisions possible for your skin.
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