Ah, the lazy, hazy days of summer! After a long, cold winter, how we long for them! And, all those well planned vacations to lakes, amusement parks, and beaches—-what fun! Yes, indeed, however, we really do need to guard against serious sun damage that can haunt us for the rest of our lives. The following are a few tips for keeping our skin feeling refreshed, comfortable, and photo damage-free during these fun filled summer months.
During the summer, our skin can produce more oil, so we might want to think about changing from a cream cleanser to a gel cleanser like Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing gel and changing from a regular moisturizer to an oil free one like DCL Ultra Light Hydrator . Feeling hot and sluggish in the summer heat? Keep a purse size LaRoche Posay Thermal Spring Water handy for spritzing your face and body with a fine mist that not only refreshes but softens and soothes the skin as well .
And, most importantly, use a broad spectrum sunscreen on both your face and your body like LaRoche Posay Anthelios SPF60 Ultra Light Fluid for Face which will leave a matte finish and never feel greasy or heavy and LaRoche Posay Anthelios SPF 45 Ultra Light Fluid for Body, the first of its kind . Let’s not forget to always use a Vitamin C Serum right after cleansing and toning for added photo protection like Greatskin 25% C Serum .
This is the season for waxing, so don’t forget to apply Tend Skin immediately after the waxing process to reduce the appearance of those ugly razor bumps and skin redness that waxing can cause. The hot summer temperatures make us feel “prickly” enough without adding to it. Tend skin cause a mild exfoliation leaving your skin looking “baby smooth” and helps remove rough skin build up. Try applying it to your face daily. Your skin will glow and people will notice. The product works quickly and you will notice results within 24 hours. Caution: if you are allergic to aspirin, do not use.
If you are planning a trip, be sure to bring along the perfect travel kit. Bioelements Travel Light Kit which comes in Very Dry/Dry, Combination, and Very Oily/Oily and contains generous skin type specific of everything needed (cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliant, and night cream) to last beyond a long weekend away. Ideal for the effortless getaway with flight friendly sizes!
However, if you forgot your sunscreen, and you develop sunburn, try Dermalogica’s After Sun Repair which helps repair damage from over exposure to UV sunlight and instantly helps reduce irritation, redness, and discomfort.
Once the summer days are over and you start to notice sun damage in the form of pigmentation on your pretty face, then, it’s time to get your glow back! I would recommend Peter Thomas Roth Peel Pads 60 starting off three times a week working up to every night. These peel pads are loaded with alpha, beta, and gamma exfoliators, peptides, amino acids, and anti oxidants in a 20% complex.. Believe me; you might even think that these little gems are professional from your derm’s office. They minimize pores, clarify skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and correct uneven skin tone. Ideal for face, neck, décolleté, top of hands, elbows and knees. Apply, leave on 2-3 minutes, then, rinse off. Simple as that! Follow this with an application of Peter Thomas Roth Radiance Oxygenating Mask which will brighten, hydrate, oxygenate and give a visibly refined appearance with a pretty rosy glow! Apply with a little mask brush, leave on a full 15 minutes, then, rinse off. Repeat three times and week. You will find this mask to be the most fun mask you’ll ever use with the most optimal results! Just wait and see! Follow with an application of Peter Thomas Roth Radiance Oxygenating Serum which will even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles giving the overall appearance of healthy, younger looking skin. This serum can be applied day or night under moisturizer.
Lastly, start using a lightening crème like Neostrata Bionic Lightening Crème SPF15 which is a highly effective 2% hydroquinone based crème which lightens discolorations. The lactobionic acids in the crème provides anti oxidant benefits and help prevent new spots from developing, and the broad spectrum sun protection helps protect against additional sun exposure which can trigger hyperpigmentation. As a licensed esthetician, I have had a lot of great results from these particular products with my clients! Hope that you will have great results, too!