Summer Recovery Tips – SKIN
Welcome to part two of our Summer Recovery blog. If you read the last one about hair, you already know how much damage the heat, sun and pool can do. Now it’s time to talk about skin. While dry air and chlorinated pools will definitely dry out your skin, the main summer villain is the sun. Some sun exposure is desired for getting Vitamin D, but too much time sunbathing can lead to sun spots, hypo-pigmentation, premature aging, wrinkles and melanoma!
“Stay out of the sun! I have very fair skin and it would have been super-damaged. I always wear sunscreen and I walk on the shady side of the street.” ~ Julianne Moore
If you want your skin to look as smooth as Julianne’s at 53, you need to think about protecting yourself from the sun. Yes, some sun exposure is good for Vitamin D absorption, but there can be too much of a good thing. Sometimes in Colorado, especially if we’re spending time in the mountains, we forget to protect ourselves from the sun because it doesn’t always feel that hot – that does not mean we’re not still getting sunburned. I’m sure many of us have experienced that ski-mask, raccoon tan. The sun here can be dangerous year round, and you need to take precautions.
- Wearing a hat is perhaps the easiest, most stylish way to protect your face from the sun. Not only does it protect your face, it protects the delicate skin on your scalp and it keeps your hair color from fading. Keep a hat by the front door and put it on every time you go out. If appropriate for your activity, choose a wide brim to protect the back of your neck as well.
- Wear a physical block SPF or wear makeup that contains SPF. Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer has a broad spectrum SPF 15.
- Cover your décolletage – this is the skin on your neck, chest, shoulders and upper back. This area is one of the most prone to sun damage or sunspots.
- Avoid peak hours in the sun – roughly 10am to 3pm. Although it’s generally regarded as a very bad idea to lay in the sun to get a tan – we know that for a lot of us it’s going to happen at some point. Going out later in the the day will decrease your risk of burning. Also, make sure you’re aware of how long you are laying out – check regularly to make sure your not burning and to reapply SPF. Do not pass out in the sun and wakeup half a lobster!
- Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t wear long sleeves and long pants. A long-sleeve linen shirt can be very stylish and cool – and it keeps you from getting a farmers tan.
- Feeling adventurous? Bring back the parasol! Plenty of hollywood starlets, past and present, have used a pretty umbrella to protect their skin from the sun.
Just like your hair, your skin needs extra hydration during the summer. It may seem like your skin produces more oil during this time of year, but if it is, it’s trying to compensate for the moisture it’s not getting. During the day you can use a light-weight lotion like Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion for normal to oily skin. For a more intensive, bi-weekly treatment, try Aveda’s Brightening Intensive Massage Masque – this mask is part of the Enbrightenment line, and in addition to hydrating your skin with Organic Shea Butter, it also works to combat discoloration and dark spots.
For your body, try Aveda’s new Shampure Body Lotion – now your favorite shampoo scent is in a lotion! This lotion moisturizes with olive oil and has 25 pure flower and plant essences. If you have suffered a bad sunburn, take a baking soda and apple cider vinegar bath, then follow with the Intensive Hydrating Masque. This mask was designed for your face, but it really feels like magic on sunburned skin.
Exfoliation – Face
We should all be exfoliating our face, but in the summer you really need to be careful. Remember, if you’re not taking every precaution to keep your face protected from the sun, it is left extremely vulnerable. Imagine how much damage can be done if you’ve already removed some of the outer layers of skin cells. If you are using any type of product with retinoids you could cause permanent damage to your skin by exposing it to the sun. Many dermatologists will recommend discontinuing retinol use in the summer in favor of something with vitamin C – try Aveda’s Brightening Corrective Serum. If you still feel you need more exfoliation, you can use the Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser. For a quick fix for a physical exfoliation try adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your gel cleanser – cleanse lightly for a polished feeling.
Exfoliation – Body
So it’s the last half of summer and you’re rocking a nice, golden tan. But maybe you’ve noticed that if you’re not constantly lathering up with lotion your skin looks like it has a white film on it. That lovely dull layer covering your gorgeous tan is dead skin cells. We all know that we should exfoliate our face, but we forget about the rest of our skin sometimes. You can put on all the moisturizer you want, but if you don’t clear away the dead skin cells first, your moisturizer might have a difficult time penetrating your skin. Take a few extra minutes in the shower once a week and exfoliate your whole body – you’ll be glad you did. We recommend Aveda’s Smoothing Body Polish that has ground walnut shells to help exfoliate. You can also make a great body polish from things you have in your kitchen. Our favorite is a coffee body scrub. There are hundreds of recipes for this on Pinterest – we like mixing coffee grounds, brown sugar and coconut oil. We can’t vouch for it’s cellulite diminishing properties, but it will make your skin feel so smooth.
What’s Up Doc?
Very few things about summer should be serious, but keeping an eye on your skin should be. That is why you should learn the warning signs of melanoma. More and more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, and the places these cancers are found might surprise you – like the bottom of your foot. Keep an eye on all freckles and moles to watch for change in size and irregular shapes. Schedule a yearly check-up with your dermatologist to help you keep an eye on hard to see places and to make sure that nothing has developed that shouldn’t be there. Remember, when it comes to skin and sun – prevention is everything.