Part 1: Pre-Sun Tips
That time of the year is approaching where everyone enjoys warmer weather and all the outdoor activities that come along with it. As much as we all love summertime fun, sometimes our skin isn’t prepared for the hot summer sun. Warmer climate means revealing clothing, more time outdoors and increased sun exposure. These harmful rays can potentially damage the skin with premature aging and hyperpigmentation. Our skin is just starting to recover from the colder, dryer months and is in need of summer prep hacks.
“The challenge many of my clients have with the warm summer season is the battle of the heat, sun and humidity with their skin,” says Sonya Dakar. “It brings along a number of problems such as rashes, acne, burns, eczema and other skin concerns”. But not to worry… Here’s a list of things you can do to prepare, protect and perfect your skin during the hottest season of the year.
Basic skincare 101; you need to exfoliate. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. During summer, the conditions of sun, beach and pool increase the amount of dead skin cells. By buffing away top layer of dead skin cells, you’ll be exposing new glowing skin below.
For The Face: Depending on how sensitive your skin is use a gel based exfoliator 1-3x a week. If your skin is on the oilier side, you can use a traditional scrub 1-3x a week. Sonya’s pick? Her famous Flash Facial or Omega Polish Activator Duo.
For The Body: Use a body scrub 2-3x a week in the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular motions on your entire body from the shoulders down. Rinse for a good, clean, fresh finish.
2. Lighten Up
In the summer, many forget to update their skin care products, so they use a heavy moisturizer which isn’t necessary. To adapt to the warm weather, switch up your skin care routine opting for lighter products like serums and and exfoliating cleansers.
3. Protect Your Pout
Since lip tissue is extremely delicate with no oil glands to protect them, the lips are highly susceptible to being chapped or burned when overexposed to sun. Keep your lips hydrated, beautiful and protected by using a nourishing lip balm with added SPF sun protection. Look for natural healing and hydrating ingredients like Vitamin E, Aloe, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Hemp Seed Oil.
4. Fight the Sun From the Inside Out
According to researchers at The University of Manchester, taking a supplement of Omega-3 Omega Glow will boost your protection. The team has just carried out the first clinical trial to examine the impact of the Omega-3 on the skin immunity of volunteers. Results of the study found that taking a regular dose of fish oils boosted skin immunity to sunlight. Specifically, it also reduced sunlight-induced suppression of the immune system, known as immunosuppression, which affects the body’s ability to fight skin cancer and infection. The findings have been published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Take the recommended dose in the morning if you know you’ll be outside for long periods of time, though they still recommend to use sunscreen.
5. Love your Locks- SPF for Hair
Just because it doesn’t have nerves, doesn’t mean your hair is indestructible. So treat it with care. By stepping outside without protection, you’re putting your hair at risk for faded color due to oxidation, lack of moisture, and overall distress. These environmental elements can make your hair look and feel dull and dehydrated, with less volume. The summer also brings wind, chlorination and salt water that attack the hair fiber. These harsh seasonal foes weaken the hair’s integrity, putting you at risk for an overall withered, brittle appearance. Couple that with loads of heat styling and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Apply a quality lightweight sunscreen (avoid oily or alcohol) with UVA and UVB protection.