Summer has a way of inspiring a touch of nostalgia for the carefree days from our childhood. As the weather began to warm up, we would start to daydream about all the mysterious possibilities that summer had in store for us. For 10 weeks we put all our worries on the shelf and positively knew that life would be bringing us some magic memories we would never forget. We were in shorts, our choice of trademark sneakers, bathing suits, sundresses, pigtails, a little sunscreen and call it a day! Eagerly ready for each moment summer would bring!
We may not be able to fully recapture that laze and excitement; the stripped down, slowed down feel of summer we had when we were young, but we can certainly try! Here are some skin care tips that will help you simplify your routine and let you focus on some summer fun.
In The Room
My general focus during hotter months is making sure that my clients have a great exfoliation (as always) without pushing it too far, leaving them potentially vulnerable to sun damage. Depending on skin type, I will use anything from lactic and amino acids for dry/normal and a beta cream peel with vitamin E for oily/normal. I want to make sure everyone has a fantastic summer glow, which means plumping and hydrating, so I am incorporating lots of professional serums into the treatment. If their skin is dry, I use straight hyaluronic acid or moisture-blend serums that will hydrate and absorb without leaving a heavy surface residue when they walk outside. My favorite oily skin professional serum is green tea. Green tea is a super powerful antioxidant along with being a powerful anti-inflammatory, which is key in keeping oily skin from erupting into breakouts in the heat.
On Your Shelf
A cleansing gel for everyone! Even dry skin needs the added benefit of a cleansing gel over a cleansing milk during the summer because we are exposed to more pollution and heat.
Dry/Normal – Jan Marin,i C-Esta Cleansing Gel. It will smooth away excess dry skin and build up and has a DMAE complex in it that is more of a skin conditioner. Perfect for making dry skin clean, but soft and supple at the same time.
Oily/Normal – Control Corrective, Salicylic Wash 2%. Oily skin will benefit from a product with Salicylic Acid in it during the summer. This ingredient is fantastic at exfoliating excess dead skin build up, debris and oil, plus it is healing and anti-inflammatory. Soothing oily skin that has a tendency to get more inflamed and prone to breakouts during the summer.
A non-abrasive scrub is a welcomed addition of exfoliation for both Dry/Oily/Normal skin types this time of year. Use it A.M., twice a week in the shower. Here’s a little trick, cleanse your skin as usual, then apply the scrub, gently massage it on the skin and then leave it there for a few minutes, while you shower. It will act like a little mini-facial treatment combining a resurfacing for the skin and a mask at the same time.
Dry/Oily/Normal – Control Corrective, Cucumber Bead Cleaner. This scrub has perfectly, polished beads, which won’t be too abrasive on the skin and is in a soothing gel/cream base. It contains grape seed oil and cucumber fruit extract, which are both soothing, non-clogging and nourishing for the skin.
The proper sunscreen should have both UVA and UVB protection. As a quick overview, for UVA protection you want a chemical blocker, the most common being an ingredient called oxybenzone and for UVB you want your physical blockers such as zinc and titanium dioxide. A product that combines those ingredients will clearly distinguish itself on the packaging as “Broad-Spectrum” or “UVA & UVB Protection”.
Dry/Normal – Jan Marini, Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30. Everyone who uses this product falls in love with it. It has a great smell and has added antioxidants to further help protect you from the sun.
Oily/Normal – Control Corrective, Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 30. This sunscreen has all the right ingredients, plus it has aloe vera in it. This will make it soothing and won’t clog oily skin.
Oily/Acneic – Skin Ceuticals, UV Defense SPF 30. Acneic skin needs more zinc for protection, healing and anti-inflammation. This product contains 7% zinc oxide, a much higher amount than others on the market.
The Tougher Customer/Sun-Damaged Skin
In The Room
When it comes to clients with sun damage, they are usually the most diligent at doing all the steps necessary for protecting and repairing their skin. Even so, there really isn’t any way to protect their skin from harmful rays during the summer months. For this client I am doing a beta peel combined with vitamin E, which is an effective way to increase the exfoliation and repairing of the skin. Vitamin E is an amazing antioxidant that will protect the skin as well. In addition, I am layering the skin with serums and increasing the penetration by using a high frequency machine. A high frequency machine uses the gentle oscillating, oxygenating power of low level electrical current. It is really popular with Estheticians for the treatment of acne. However, it has other great effects such as revving up the circulation of the skin, increasing collagen and elastin production and it is fantastic with increasing the absorption of products.
On Your Shelf
In the past this has been a tricky thing. Many of the products that help repair sun damage also leave the skin more photosensitive. I often have opted to take these clients off certain products during the summer, just because I don’t want to undo all the progress they have made with eliminating the pigmentation up to this point. Well, that was in the past. IS Clinical has come out with a product that actually blocks the production of melanin and is extremely active in increasing cell turnover and repair.
Dry/Normal – IS Clinical, White Lightening Complex and Serum. For dry skin you will use the Serum at night and the Complex during the day.
Oily/Normal – IS Clinical, White Lightening Serum. For oily skin, use the Serum both morning and night. The Complex will be too heavy to use during the summer months, but can be incorporated during the winter.