It’s easy to get swept up in the long, sweet days of summer, spending impossibly long stretches at the beach and basking in the feeling of warm, salty skin. While this season typically feels carefree, it’s important to stay sun safe and to take care of your skin this summer with skincare tips straight from an esthetician.
Pre and Post-Sun Face Care
If you know you're going to be soaking in the sun, incorporating a face oil into your morning routine is key to maintaining healthy skin. Applying a well-formulated face oil before sunscreen is going to infuse the skin with essential fatty acids, prevent trans-epidermal water loss, and keep the skin hydrated and plump.
After a day outdoors use a moisturizing cleanser to remove makeup, sweat and sunscreen. Our Kaolin + Coconut Radiant Cleansing Balm gently cleanses while promoting skin regeneration (thanks, marula oil), leaving the skin supple and plump. Follow up with the Prickly Pear + Schisandra Youth Concentrate for a major dose of antioxidants and vitamin K to reduce sun damage and neutralize free radicals.
Pre and Post-Sun Body Care
It is absolutely essential to apply body oil and allow it to soak in before sunscreen. This will ensure healthy, even-looking skin all summer long.
After a day of being in the sun take a cool shower to bring the temperature of the skin down. Use a mild soap to remove sweat and sunscreen, and avoid exfoliating loofahs. Pat the skin dry and mist all over with Blue Azul After Sun Mist, followed by a healthy scoop of Pink Coconut Nourishing Body Butter. Bonus points if you keep these products in the fridge.
Should you find yourself with a sunburn this summer (we sincerely hope not,) our Blue Azul Soothing Cleansing Emulsion is a creamy powerhouse of anti-inflammatory ingredients and doubles as a topical treatment lotion for sun-scorched skin. Simply apply and allow it to absorb for 30 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
Hands & Feet
Don't neglect the skin on the backs of your hands and feet this time of year! The skin in these areas is thinner than other areas of the body so liberally apply sunscreen pre-sun, and specialized creams post-sun.
If there was ever a time to forego an eye cream, it is definitely not during the summer months. This is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine if you like to spend a lot of time outdoors. With the extra sun exposure (and squinting that comes with it) an eye cream that is rich in antioxidants will be your secret weapon. Our Bilberry + Tucuma Antioxidant Eye Cream is made with 100% pure, cold-pressed bilberries for a high dose of antioxidants and prickly pear seed oil which neutralizes free radicals. These ingredients are both key in preventing and reducing sun damage.