Summer—for many, it’s arguably the most wonderful season of the year. It’s a time to kick back, relax and enjoy the warmer weather, extended hours of daylight, and all of the fun festivities.
Let’s Talk About Summer Skincare
Did you know sun is the primary culprit of accelerated aging (think fine lines, uneven skin tone, uneven and rough skin texture) and the appearance of dark spots? Even though you may be trying to achieve that coveted bronzed skin, are permanent lines and wrinkles really worth the temporary tan?
We can assure you, they’re definitely not.
The sun will deplete your skin of its antioxidants and fatigue its immune system. (Yes, your skin has its very own immune system.) Think of it this way. Just as you probably need a cold, refreshing glass (or two) of water after a long day in the sun, your skin also needs that same kind of replenishment. In this case, the skin needs to be restored with high levels of antioxidants.
But, we get it. We understand a multiple step system in the midst of a busy summer is not always practical. However, the bottom line—taking care of your skin is always worth it.
So, we’ve made it easier for you and have outlined the perfect summer skincare routine, so you can still enjoy the sunshine without the lasting consequences.
Step 1: Cleanse.
Once a day, in the evening, wash your face with a creamy, non-foaming cleanser. Our preference—Restoring Cleanser. Regardless of whether you’ve spent your day in the office, at the lake, or outside with your kids, you want to ensure you’re gently removing the accumulated dirt and oil (and, hopefully, sunscreen) from the surface of your skin. In the morning, simply rinse your face with warm water and, for an exfoliating effect, lightly buff with a washcloth.
Step 2: Boost.
Let’s first dispel the common myth that you can’t wear retinol in the sun. You absolutely can. And you should.
We love nutrient-rich, oil-based boosters because they absorb so quickly. In fact, did you know your skin is waterproof? Many brands formulate their retinol serums with cheap filler ingredients. However, Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate, a premium 100% oil-based serum, is infused with potent, active ingredients for quick absorption and incredible efficacy.
Plus, you can and should use Retinol all year long! It will help accelerate skin cell turnover and boost your results for a radiant glow that doesn’t require risking a sun burn.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Your treatment product is the core of your regimen. If you haven’t heard us say it before, we will say it again. Consistency is absolutely key for your best skin results and visible improvement. A treatment product, like Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy, should be implemented into your routine every single day. With high levels of pure retinol, rich vitamins and nutrients, and other potent active ingredients, this step is a must.
Step 4: Protect.
The fourth and most important step of your summer skincare routine is a broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects against UVA and UVB rays. If you’re like most people, you may be wondering the difference between the two (or even what they stand for). Fortunately, we’ve answered all of your sunscreen questions right here!
And while SPF preferences and opinions may differ, a sun protectant between SPF 30 and 50 is ideal and sufficient for complete sun protection. Just make sure you reapply every few hours, regardless of whether or not you’ve been swimming.
And finally, the best sunscreen is the one you actually use. Don’t skip this step. Trust us, one day, you’ll be glad you didn’t!