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Summer Selfcare Tips

Summer Selfcare Tips

After a day out in the sun try a double cleanse: 

Double cleansing exfoliates dead cells, removes makeup, unclogs pores, prevents acne, reduces wrinkles, and promotes healthier skin.  Cleansing involves the use of two cleansers, one that’s oil-based (micellar water, cleansing balm, etc.) to break down the makeup, sunblock, and dirt, and a second one that’s water-based.  By doing this you will not strip the acid mantle.  My go-to for a double cleanse is Circcell Mandarin Cleansing Milk and Skin Therapy Cleanser.

Start the body exfoliating rituals now:

Perspiration and oil production increase during warm weather, causing a faster accumulation of dead cells. Exfoliating removes the ashen, dull surface layer of dead cells and allows body oils and lotions to better penetrate the skin, leaving the body silky smooth. Exfoliation helps with crepey skin, and lymphatic drainage, and increases blood flow, which reduces the appearance of cellulite.  I recommend dry brushing before you shower (Always brush towards the heart), and post-shower apply a natural oil like Megan Murphy Emu Facial Oil to the skin. Emu oil is moisturizing, non-comedogenic, natural, calms inflammation, and is safe for all skin types.  If cellulite is an issue, Try microneedling!  

Simply your skincare products:

Summer is usually the time of year when you go on holiday. Thus, your summer skincare routine will naturally be lighter.  Cleansers, serums, vitamin C, light moisturizers like hyaluronic acid, and a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher so that your skin stays clean, hydrated, and protected.

Choose smart makeup:

For the warmer summer months, mineral makeup is the right choice.  ALWAYS use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher underneath makeup.

Avoid makeup with sunscreen in it:

You need more protection than the sunscreen in your makeup or tinted moisturizer. Chances are it's not going to protect your skin as effectively as using an SPF 30 or higher.  If you wear makeup daily first apply about a teaspoon or two-finger lengths full for the entire face, neck, and chest of a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher before applying makeup. If you are going to be in the sun for more than two to three hours use a dry beauty sponge to reapply the SPF over your makeup.  This will create a dewy look while keeping the skin safe from UV rays.

Cover up in the sun:

Protect your eyes and scalp with sunglasses & hats

Stay hydrated:

Repeated sun exposure causes water to evaporate from the skin and summertime heat increases sweating. Dehydrated skin causes the appearance of crepey, dull, dry skin.  Stay hydrated by drinking half your weight in water daily. 

Eat the foods your skin needs:  

Healthy bodies need healthy fats and antioxidant-rich foods.  They are necessary to help keep skin clear, supple, and hydrated.

Omega 3 fatty acid-rich foods:

Mackerel

Salmon

Herring

Oysters

Sardines

Anchovies

Cod Liver Oil

Walnuts

Caviar

Tuna

Flax Seeds

Chia Seeds

Soybeans

Eggs

Antioxidant rich foods:

Dark Chocolate

Pecans

Blueberries

Strawberries

Artichokes

Gogi Berries

Raspberries

Bilberries

Kale

Red Cabbage

Beans

Beets

Spinach

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