Here in Calgary, the arrival of summer is such a relief! The winter is finally gone, and with it some of the horrendously dry air that we struggle with through the many cold months. It is our time to shine and glow! Here is a review of lessons learned in summers past, to ensure you have the Best Summer Skin ever!
Mineral Sunscreen is naturally water and sweat resistant.
If you have been in the clinic, then you have heard us tout the many benefits of mineral sunscreen. Its anti-inflammatory and non-friendly to bacteria. But we often forget that it is also a great product to wear around the water or when exercising outdoors. The best part is even with its natural water and sweat resistance, your skin can still breathe which means unlike its chemical counterparts it won’t clog pores. (When compared to many water resistant or sweat resistant chemical SPF products) It’s important to remember, as Health Canada guidelines state, that no SPF is water or sweat “proof”. You will always need to reapply 15-20 min after exiting the water, some products just hold up a little longer/better when exposed to moisture.
Clay Masques keep pores clear.
With the increase in temperature, we usually see more active sweat and sebaceous glands. A weekly clay masque treatment can help reduce how quickly pores appear and or get clogged. Our two favourites are SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque and Patchology SmartMud Masque. SkinCeuticals Clarifying Masques is ideal for the T-Zone, it draws out unwanted impurities and oil. The Patchology SmartMud NoMess Mud Masque is very anti-inflammatory and its individually wrapped treatments are perfect for travel!
Water, water, H20 and more water.
Get in your 8 glasses a day. Your skin will thank you. (As will the rest of your body) In addition to drinking your water, make sure that you have the RIGHT skin hydrators for this time of year. Often times, our winter products can be too heavy creating clogged pores and breakouts, and skipping the hydration step completely leads to dehydrated skin that is now more oil prone as your skin tries to compensate for the dehydration. There are several lightweight Best Summer Skin options that will give your skin the drink it needs!
Don’t forget your chest and neck!
You’ve spent enough time with us now, that you dare not leave the house without ensuring your face is adequately protected. But this is a reminder to also care for your décolleté (chest and neck). This often forgotten about area is in need of some care too! At the very least, make sure each time you apply SPF to your face, you extent the application just a bit further. Your future self will thank you.
Make Audrey Hepburn your fashion idol.
Specifically, the iconic photo of her in the large sunglasses and large brimmed hat! Investing in a fabulous pair of large sunglasses and cute large brimmed hat will only help the effectiveness of your SPF. Wearing a large set of sunglasses will help protect the delicate eye area. UVA and UVB rays are particularly effective at damaging this area, exposure will damage collagen leading to wrinkles and sagging skin(bags) as well as brown spots. A large brimmed hat, can protect your entire upper body (depending on the size of the brim). So, channel your inner Audrey the next time you are at the beach and have your Best Summer Skin ever!!