Summer brings its bag of woes for the skin. Sun exposure, hot, humid, or dry air, air particles, pollution, and even stress create a less-than-ideal environment for the epidermis. It is important to start a summer skin repair routine as soon as summer starts, but if you have not, start now before the end of the hot days. It matters, so as to strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier and protect it against the drying and aging challenges of summer. See below for our favorite products to heal your summer skin:
Though it is tempting to want to keep that extra layer of tanned skin on your visage, all the bronzed dead skin particles contribute to making your skin look drab and uneven. Regular exfoliation is key to boost the turnover of skin cells to keep the complexion fresh-looking. I do not like to exfoliate every day, as my skin is mature and I am afraid to overdo it, but I found a new exfoliator that is safe to use every day. Medik8 Press & Glow uses a new generation of exfoliating acid called PHAs that can be used daily on your skin. They are super hydrating and gentle on the skin, unlike some exfoliators that can hurt delicate skin types. PHAs are comprised of larger molecules than AHAs and BHAs, meaning they only exfoliate the surface of the skin. This guarantees that your skin will be exfoliated without disturbing the skin barrier, which is perfect for an end-of-summer skin buffing. Other ingredients include prickly pear extract, aloe vera and acai extracts. Find it at https://us.medik8.com/products/press-glow
To maintain the elasticity of your skin and smooth its texture, treat it after exfoliation to FRWRD Skincare Organic Mushroom Super Serum. Not only does it boost my skin’s elastin production with its triple Mushroom Complex™ but it will rebuild its natural barrier and strengthen its collagen, two essential things for youthful skin. The water-based gel does not leave a greasy residue after application. If your skin has looked a little drier and less plump, you will soon notice fresher, firmer skin. I love the instant feeling of elasticity. Find it at https://www.frwrdskincare.com/products/super-mushroom-serum
Vitamin C is essential to repair skin, and to boost its glow and elasticity all year round – but even more so during summer when we expose our skin to so much that’s detrimental. Many women stay away from vitamin C because the formulas are sticky and drying; if this describes you, you should try ISHII CLINIC BEAUTY LABO Essence C that utilizes “ascorbate glycerin” as its primary active ingredient in order to reduce negative effects from environmental stressors. As a dermatological clinic, ISHII CLINIC BEAUTY LABO carefully selected 11 types of plant extracts that provide a smooth complexion. The beauty solution in its essence is mildly acidic, so it does not cause intense irritation to your skin. Inositol helps the skin maintain skin healthy. Find it at https://shikobeauty.com/products/pre-essence-c
I used A Method C Antioxidant Gel 20% at night while vacationing last month at the sea, and while basking in the sun two hours every day. It restored my dehydrated skin after the beach thanks to its protective, velvety antioxidant hydrating shield. Made with 20% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a lipid-soluble form of Vitamin C that is 50x more effective than standard L-ascorbic acid, the gel-like serum gets absorbed instantly by the skin – thanks to a silicone base that helps preserve the stability of vitamin C while pampering the skin. You will feel a thin gel like film that hydrates the skin with a replenishing, feel-good elasticity. It also contains vitamin E that acts synergistically with vitamin C, is 100 % vegan, and is free of parabens, gluten, fragrance, and colorants. Use it if your skin is desperate for hydration at https://theamethod.com/product/c-antioxidant-gel-20/
Stress is in the air these days and it does affect your skin more than you realize. Whether it is from the latest Covid news, the stifling heat, or your busy life with kids at home and/or piles of work on your desk, your face reveals how exhausted you are. If your face looks stressed, it loses its glow and starts to look harried. To remedy this condition, apply Environ new Focus Care Youth +Malachite-NP Complex Seriénce™ Night Serum on your visage and neck, a scientific formulation developed to target the negative long-term effects of stress on the face. A bluish gel that is absorbed by the skin effortlessly, it has a refreshing quality that makes the skin feel snug and unified. You will instantly feel your skin’s moisture barrier thicken and a subtle radiance settle in. Known for centuries as a powerful stone of transformation, Malachite extract offers potent antioxidant benefits scientifically proven to boost the benefits of skin immunity and defense against environmental stressors. Together with Neurophroline™, a calming neuropeptide derived from wild indigo seed extract, your skin will look more relaxed and luminous. Environ products are only available through doctors offices or on the Derma Concepts website at https://dermaconcepts.com/collections/youth/products/malachite-np-complex-br-serience-night-serum-br-30-ml
If you can’t travel to Greece this summer, bring Greece to you with Santorini Grape, a new ingredient used in the newly launched Santorini Grape Velvet Skin Drink. Rich in resveratrol, antioxidants, and volcanic minerals, a few drops of this elixir will not only hydrate and nourish your skin, but leave it feeling velvety soft, with imperfections blurred and a gorgeous luminosity within. Not only do skin extracts from the very grapes nourish your skin with minerals, but the seed oil from the grapes is rich in fatty acids that reinforce the skin’s protective moisture barrier. Perfect to renew, recharge and regenerate during summer and after, it is a natural booster that improves all skins.
Smooth + Velvet 100% of users said this product immediately makes their skin feel baby soft
Fully Revitalized 100% of users saw more supple, brighter, and resilient skin after 3 days
Imperfections Gone 100% of users saw an improvement in their skin imperfections after 7 days
Enjoy the rest of the summer, and start your skin repair regimen to be ready for Fall.