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Easy Summer Skincare Tips

It's summer in Charleston! With the current heat waves, it is a mission to stay cool, reduce excessive sun exposure and sweat build up! Here are a few tips to maintain the health of your biggest organ for the summer!


1. Hydrate:

Major deal...Cleanse! Not once but twice. Once with a water based cleanser or oil/cream cleanser. Next with an appropriate mild cleanser that is ph balanced and suites your skin type.


2. Stick To A Routine:

Summer changes = skincare changes. Visit your local

skincare therapist to help customize a routine if you cant seem to find what is working for you or just to maintain a monthly treatment.


3. SUNSCREEN: 

Let it become a habit! Having at least an SPF pt 30 everyday is the way to go, with reapplication every two

hours. Powder SPFs are great at picking up excess oil and reapplying sun protection.


4. Fish Oil & Then some:

Omega 3s are powerful supplements not only for the fitness world but also for a healthy gut and skin! Fatty acids lubricate and hydrate the skin to regulate oil production. Perfect for summer weather!


5. Stay Active:

Being active goes beyond having a toned body.

According to research, exercise may have the potential to reverse skin aging. Consistently having optimal blood circulation and oxygen rich blood flow, helps flush out toxins and optimizes nutrient transportation to your organs like your skin! Your skin will still produce healthy oils, so it is still important to shower immediately after and be consistent with your cleansing routine. Exercising also produces endorphins that alleviates stress and cortisol - which is a common ache provoking hormone and collagen degenerative hormone. Glowing skin is another attribute! Oxygenated blood dilates our blood vessels that lie close to our surface to give us a youthful and healthy appearance. In the long run, the body will produce more collagen and elastin to help support firm and supple skin.


6. Switch It Up (Appropriately):

Make changes where needed to the products you are using. Summer skincare is completely different than winter skincare! If you’re breaking out more often, switch to a very mild exfoliating cleanser. If your skin is looking dry and dull, exfoliate and use a Hyaluronic Acid serum to stay hydrated with a light weight feel. My favorites are SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel and Phyto Corrective Gel. 


7. Detox Detox Detox:

Detox the skin of excess free radicals, sweat, dirt, dead skin, etc. Showering twice a day and straight after a workout.


8. Protective Attire: 

Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, and other protective clothing is great to boost your sunscreen.

Sunscreen is only a level one defense mechanism.


9. Tanning Beds:

Are we really still doing that?


10. Driving:

UVA rays DO penetrate through windows and our hands are exposed while we drove. I love to use SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense. It is a sunblock that dispenses as a liquid but is dry to the touch. I hate feeling greasy or the sensation of having clammy hands.


11. Examine:

Book an appointment with a local Dermatologist to get a thorough skin analysis. Skin cancer is very prevalent in all skin types

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