Winter gets a bad rap. Everybody fears dry skin in the winter time, and that’s true, but your skin is actually at risk for far more elemental damage during the summer months. Let’s look at all the risk factors in the summer:
- Sun damage (UVA & UVB rays)
- Chlorine damage
- Excessive sweating
- Clogged pores from sunscreen
Every season comes with its skin trials and tribulations, but summer skin really takes a beating. The bad news is that year after year of these beatings will eventually lead to permanent damage, the possibilities of melanoma, and sagging, dry, cracked skin. The good news is that the minute you decide to make a change, your skin is a living organ, so it will constantly regenerate and work with you to reverse the aging effects of the summer.
- WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN! I can never repeat this enough. Even if it seems like a cloudy day, if you’re spending time outdoors, you need to have sunscreen on. If you’re sweating or swimming, you need to reapply every 80 minutes. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. My personal favorite for the face is Clinique. It protects without that greasy feel. For the body, I prefer a spray sunscreen, like Coppertone Sport. I always choose an SPF of at least 30, but I prefer 50 if I can obtain it.
- *A common misconception is that if your natural skin is darker in tone, you don’t need sunscreen, or you don’t need a high SPF – this simply isn’t true. Sun damage can affect anyone of any skin tone.
- PRE-WASH WITH RESTING BEACH FACE! If you’ve been outside all day, or you’re coming in from a sweaty workout, or you’ve spent the evening with a full face of makeup, you need to give your skin a chance to breathe by washing away all of that dirt. Resting Beach Face is a perfect solution because of the combined Dead Sea Mud and activated coconut charcoal work as a debriding agent and gentle exfoliator to scrub off that top layer of dead skin cells. This helps to unclog your pores and free up your skin to feel clean and absorb the nutrients from the clay facial.
- CLAY, CLAY, CLAY to SAVE THE DAY! A great way to reintroduce natural moisture and minerals back into the skin is with clay masks. Saving Face uses numerous clays, as well as colloidal oatmeal, to cleanse and nourish even the most sensitive skin. During the summer, I give myself clay facials two or three times per week. Make sure to give yourself the clay facial AFTER pre-washing your face!
- POST WASH with YOU GOT THIS! Make sure to rinse off all of the clay from your mask after 5-7 minutes and follow-up with a gentle, sensitive cleanser like You Got This!. This final cleansing helps to wash off any leftover clay as well as soothe and prepare the skin for moisture.
- FINAL STEP is to MOISTURIZE. After all that washing, it’s important to replenish the softness of your skin. Use Butter Me Up – only a teeny, tiny bit will do the trick. Rub in circular motions until fully absorbed. An important note here – don’t add more until your skin has absorbed what you already placed on it, or you can get greasy.
- OR FACE THE DAY (FOR STEP #3,4,5)! On days when you’re not giving yourself a mask, exfoliate with Face the Day. Face the Day serves as both an exfoliator and moisturizer in one so you won’t need any extra moisture after rinsing off the sugar. Remember to just leave the natural oils from the scrub on your face to penetrate the skin and deeply nourish.
Face Day Monday, Thursday, Sunday
Step 1 – Pre-wash Face with Resting Beach Face
Step 2 – Saving Face Clay Mask
Step 3 – Wash face with You Got This!
Step 4 – Moisturize with A LITTLE bit of Butter Me Up
Face Day Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Step 1 – Pre-wash Face with Resting Beach Face or You Got This!
Step 2 – Face the Day Scrub