Summertime means your face and neck skin are subject to more exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, and due a lot of extra care! Following is my current facial skin care regime for summer – both day and night treatments – to protect skin from sun damage and maintain moisture.
And, this includes treatment for some almost year-old sun damage on my forehead that I got last year while golfing, when the water-based sunscreen I was wearing had melted off. I should have used a spray-on sport sunscreen when playing golf (which I do now) or a more heavy-duty selection! You live, you learn.
However, I first wanted to mention some of the other most important and basic ways you can help take care of your skin during the summer months:
- first and foremost – keep hydrated
drink lots of water on the hot days, and on days at the beach especially!!!
try not to stay out in the sun too long (particularly during the times of the day when the sun’s rays are harshest 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.)
- ensure you are sleeping well and long enough at night (as the days get longer, you may be tempted to stay up later than usual – if you can fit them in, naps may be a nice addition)
- eat a balance diet to make sure your skin is getting essential nutrients and oils to look its best
Its much better to take facial skin care seriously while it is still mainly preventative, but even if you are late to the skin care game (or have suffered a recent sunburn) your skin will definitely benefit from sunscreen and moisturizer now.
Ultraviolet light exposure is the greatest main cause of skin aging. Even when its cloudy or rainy out, or when you are in a space enclosed with windows, UV rays come through with sunlight. Sunscreen is always a good idea when you are spending time outside or in the car.
Morning Skin Care Regime:
This summer I’ve been using Yes To Grapefruit – Correct & Repair as the first product I apply in the morning to a clean, freshly rinsed face. Its plastic dispenser has a top pump and the product is milky white but absorbs quickly. I use it on the sensitive or at risk areas of my face – mainly under my eyes and on the top of my forehead to about half way down from my hair line to the middle of my forehead. It contains a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) SPF 15, is paraben-free, 97% natural and helps correct and repair the appearance of dark spots. Some of the natural ingredients contained are sunflower seed oil, almond oil, coco-glucoside, and passiflora incarnata flower extract. Its active sunscreen ingredients are: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide. However, it is not water resistant and recommends applying 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapplication every two hours.
Then, I generally follow this up with Neutrogena – Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen, over my whole face. This lotion has a broad spectrum SPF 30, is ultra-light, oil-free and water resistant for 80 minutes. Neutrogena also offers two other varieties of face sunscreen, which you may prefer if you are not prone to break outs. This white lotion’s active sunscreen ingredients are: Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene and Oxybenzone. Touted as a #1 dermatologist recommended sunscreen, I have had no break outs with this product.
On cloudy days when I am not outside for any period of time I may instead opt for Simple -Protecting Light Moisturizer, that is not water resistant, but is SPF 15. It is also oil-free, good for sensitive skin, has pro-vitamins B5 and E, and cares for skin with Glycerin, Allantoin and Bisabolol. Its active sunscreens are Avabenzone, Enulizole and Octisalate. I got my husband using this moisturizer over the winter too, because it is so light, has virtually no odor, and absorbs quickly while moisturizing skin.
Evening Skin Care Regime:
After washing my face with a mild face soap, I have several favorite products that I use to pamper my skin before bed. I finally decided to take more extreme measures in healing the fairly badly sunburned area I sustained on my forehead last year. After reading an advertisement from Pharmaca, I decided to try Acure – Radical Resurfacing. Its distributed by Better Planet Brands.
Its name sounds extreme, but it relies on a lemon probiotic and proprietary organic chlorella growth factor to solve blotchiness and hyper-pigmentation. Also, Poets’s Daffodil smooths skin’s texture and tone, and Butterfly Bush Stem Cells helps prevent photogenic and oxidative stress. Other important ingredients include: probiotics, organic organ oil, olive leaf and CoQ10. I’ve seen dramatic, positive results from after using this product for only a month on problem areas.
I smooth it on under moisturizer each night. Its vegan, PEG-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, petroleum-free, phthalate-free, silicone-free and cruelty-free.
The moisturizers I use over the resurfacing treatment vary. For the most part, I use the two pictured above: Nourish Organic – Ultra-hydrating Face Cream and MyChelle Dermaceuticals – Deep Repair Cream. Both of these are fantastic, certified organic, and contain a ton of nourishing ingredients.
I’ve also had good results with Origins – Starting Over, Age Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa and Andalou Naturals – Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream.
Of course, in addition to these rituals, a toner and face serum can also be added, depending on your preference.
Let me know if you have found other great skin care brands that have given you good results!