Summer wreaks havoc on our skin, being subjected to the sun’s rays and heat. It is even worse for those of us who work indoors and also expose our skin to the other extreme of very drying air conditioning.
The key to nourishing summer skin is, in a word, hydration. This means hydrating from the inside out.
1. Drink lots of water.
-A simple concept for sure, but sometimes we need to be reminded that we need to drink more than usual when we are sweating and temperatures are soaring. Water hydrates, helps remove toxins, plumps up the cells, and cools you down.
2. Use hydrating skincare.
-After cleansing use a hydrating toner, preferably one that does not contain alcohol. Alcohol is very drying to the skin, and in the moments after cleansing when your skin is in “receiving mode,” you want to provide it with soothing hydration. One of my absolute favourites is Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrability Moisturizing Lotion Enriched 150ml/5oz, $36.
-Follow up with a serum containing hyaluronic acid. HA holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water! My favourite is Joy & Karma Vitamin C Serum, $17.50, which contains HA and other anti-aging ingredients.
-Finalize with a moisturizing barrier cream to lock down all that good stuff you just layered onto your skin. Simple and affordable, I love me some CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $6.
-Gaining more popularity in North America now, misting has been practiced in Europe and Asia for years. Throughout the day, hit the skin with some hydration, wait a minute or two, and then blot excess with a tissue. Also helps to refresh makeup and perks you up! My favourites include Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $16, which has a lovely scent, and Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9. I love the mini sizes; they fit perfectly in my purse!
P.S. using a hydrating sheet mask a few times a week is amazing for boosting hydration and having a bit of spa time at home as a treat for yourself. I love the Tony Moly Pureness 100 Sheet Mask, seven sheets for $12.