Summer weather is in full swing and for most of us that means more hours spent enjoying outdoor activities with family and friends or working in the garden. During summer months our skin requires extra care to prevent sun damage and premature aging. Aside from drinking plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, here are some tips for the gentle care of summer skin.
Cleanse and Refresh
Summer weather can also create sweatier skin. Refresh between cleansings with a light nourishing spray to remove oils from your forehead and nose and to hydrate and balance your skin’s pH. At the end of the day use a gentle and moisturizing cleanser to thoroughly remove makeup, sun block, sweat and pollution from your active day. Exfoliating 2 or 3 times per week will brighten skin by removing dead skin cells and clearing pores. Applying a natural mask once a week will help draw out impurities, absorb excess oils and refresh your skin.
Be sure to look for antioxidant rich products to neutralize damaging free radicals from prolonged sun exposure. Providing the right balance of nutrients will help your skin repair and heal itself. Applying a nourishing serum directly after cleansing and exfoliating will help the serum to penetrate most effectively.
Take advantage of sun blocks to shield skin from the free-radical damage of the sun’s rays. Prolonged sun exposure not only burns the surface of the skin but contributes to subdermal free radical damage and an increased risk of skin cancer. Think about ditching the chemically laden sunscreens and replace them with all-natural, reef friendly products. Zinc oxide based sun blocks protect against both UVA and UVB light rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, zinc oxide is a non-toxic, powdered mineral which also helps calm skin irritations and soothe rashes.
Hot and humid weather can trigger increased oil production which can start a cycle of excessive cleaning, which leads to dryness, which in turn triggers more oil production. Keep your skin balanced with a moisturizing sun screen and at the end of the day, a light moisturizer before bed. Don’t forget your body. Even though the skin of the body is thicker than your face, it still needs special summer care. Apply an all over body moisturizer especially to your exposed arms and legs.
Cleanse and Refresh: Chamomile & Lavender Facial Cleansing Spray: an easy spritzer to take to the beach for an on the spot refreshing spray. Plant distillates and aloe vera cleanse, balance pH, calm inflammation and help to repair damaged or fragile skin. Doubles as a fabulous hydrating mist to refresh and add moisture throughout the day.
Nourish: Pomegranate & Argan Antioxidant Oil Serum is a potent blend of raw, organic oils, rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids and beta-carotenes, penetrates deep into tissue layers to provide a uniquely holistic solution for most skin-type problems.
Protect: Raspberry & Green Tea Daily Defense – a lightweight, protective moisturizer that combines the benefits of antioxidant rich green tea extract with safe, skin-loving, earth-friendly, zinc oxide. - Green Tea & Zinc Oxide with 30 SPF makes the safest UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection. Safe and effective for every member of the family and also ocean safe, GMO free, PABA & paraben free and biodegradable.
Body Care: Lemon Verbena & Frankincense Body Oil - a skin pampering elixir to nourish both body and senses. Apricot kernel, sunflower seed, jojoba seed and babassu provide an antioxidant-rich blend of organic, cold pressed and light weight oils to soften, soothe, and repair skin’s barrier.
We've been reflecting about how the years have changed our perspective and our habits around caring for our skin. When we were in our teens and twenties, taking good care of our skin usually meant taking off makeup before climbing into bed at night, no matter how weary we were or how late the hour. We certainly didn't appreciate the resilience of our youthful skin and its natural radiance, nor did we think too much about preserving those features.
These days, children get regular lectures about protecting their skin with a safe form of sunscreen (at least mine do), but for those of you in the 50+ age bracket, you may recall that in our early years, there were no moisturizers with sunscreen available to us. Instead we were actively seeking the sun to give our skin that bronzed glow that we valued so highly.
If you were really on top of things you may have started to use a simple moisturizer at some point in your twenties or early thirties and maybe even an eye cream when those tiny crow's feet started to surface. I distinctly remember looking at a neck cream on the counter of a department store and wondering why the heck anyone would want one of those.
By the time we hit our forties and early fifties our skin is finally gaining our undivided attention. Sun damage surfacing from earlier years, wrinkles and lines forming and a loss of natural radiance has us searching for new and more effective ways to care for our skin. Happily with today’s greater ingredient awareness there are plenty of gentler, healthier and effective options to deliver this kind of TLC to our skin.
While my skin is no longer young, it still glows when I am happy and rested and when I take the time to clean it gently and to nourish and protect it generously with natural and organic skin care. It may not be young skin, but I am loving the skin I'm in.