Summer Skin Serenity

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As the summer sun shines and schedules grow busier, finding equilibrium between work and wellness is essential, especially for the modern working woman. Amidst demanding responsibilities, allocating time for self-care is paramount. This summer, embrace a holistic approach to skincare and health with a personalized home routine designed to rejuvenate your body, nourish your skin, and restore your inner balance.

Nourish from within

Summer beauty begins with self-care rituals that prioritize hydration, nourishment, and protection. Start your day with a refreshing glass of lemon-infused water to hydrate and detoxify your body from within.  Incorporate stress-relieving activities like yoga or meditation to promote overall well-being and a radiant complexion.

Lay the foundation for healthy skin

A crucial step in your summer skincare routine is cleansing your face twice a day. Opt for a gentle, non-drying cleanser to remove impurities, excess oil, and sunscreen buildup without stripping your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Cleanse in the morning to refresh your skin and at night to remove makeup and pollutants accumulated throughout the day.

Elevate your routine

Invest in premium skincare products formulated with potent, clinically proven ingredients. Look for medical-grade skincare products containing antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides to combat free-radical damage, hydrate the skin, and promote collagen synthesis.

Buff away dead skin cells

Regular exfoliation is the key to maintaining a smooth, bright complexion throughout the summer months.  Incorporate a gentle exfoliating scrub or chemical exfoliant into your weekly skincare routine to slough away dead skin cells and unclog pores. Avoid over-exfoliating, especially if you spend time outdoors, as it can increase sun sensitivity.

Shield your face from harmful rays

Sunscreen is non-negotiable year-round, but the summer is when UV radiation is at its peak. Using broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is ideal and should be reapplied every two hours, especially when swimming or sweating. Don’t forget to protect sensitive areas like your lips, ears, and the tops of your feet.

Lock in essential moisture

Hydrated skin is happy skin so don’t skimp on moisturizer, even if your skin tends to be oily. Look for lightweight, oil-free formulas that provide hydration without feeling heavy or greasy. Hyaluronic acid-infused moisturizers are ideal for plumping and hydrating the skin, giving you that coveted dewy glow.

Use diet to fuel body and beauty

Nourish your skin from the inside out by incorporating a diet rich in antioxidant-packed fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and hydrating foods like watermelon and cucumbers.  These nutrient-rich foods combat inflammation, promote collagen production, and shield your skin from environmental damage.

Since your skin faces increased sun exposure and environmental stressors during the summer, prioritizing protein intake is also vital. Protein helps repair and rejuvenate skin cells damaged by UV radiation and other external factors, supporting skin regeneration and recovery.  Including protein-rich foods in your diet—such as lean meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes, nuts, and seeds—supports your skin’s natural repair processes from within.  Additionally, incorporating protein-rich skincare products containing peptides or amino acids into your beauty routine provides topical nourishment. By prioritizing protein intake both internally and externally, you can enhance your routine and maintain skin health and resilience throughout the season

Boost your skincare arsenal

Incorporate serums containing antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid into your skincare routine.  These powerhouse ingredients neutralize free radicals, brighten the complexion, and defend against UV-induced damage, helping you maintain youthful, radiant skin all summer long.

Nature’s soothing secrets

Keep a bottle of pure aloe vera gel on hand to soothe and hydrate sun-exposed skin.  Aloe vera’s cooling properties provide instant relief from sunburn, inflammation, and redness.  Apply this summer skincare essential generously to sun-kissed skin for instant relief and accelerated healing.

Make a DIY turmeric face mask using turmeric powder, yogurt, and honey to create a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory treatment. Turmeric’s potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help calm irritated skin, reduce redness, and promote a healthy overall complexion.

Your skin’s best friends

Regular exercise improves circulation, promotes detoxification, and reduces stress levels, while adequate sleep allows your skin to repair and regenerate, all leading to a brighter complexion.

Remember to prioritize your skin’s health and vitality this summer. By incorporating at-home self-care rituals, choosing the right skincare products, and nourishing your skin from within, your glowing complexion will shine as brightly as the summer sun.

By Aimee Kvandal, NP
Clinical Supervisor and Aesthetic Provider