Summer Skin Essentials By Amelie Harding Here we are again, facing another hot Louisiana summer! This time of year we all love heading to the beach or lounging by the pool, enjoying friends and family, and making great memories. While we’re out having fun in the sun, it’s important to remember our skin. For many of us, long gone are the days of carefree sun exposure; instead, we find ourselves seeking ways to preserve what youth we have left! To protect and maintain healthy skin during the warmer months, you must consistently exfoliate, hydrate, and protect from the sun. EXFOLIATE Exfoliation is the step many of us tend to be less vigilant about, yet it is one of the most important components to an effective skin care routine because the best way to ensure proper product absorption and effectiveness is to prime the surface of the skin by removing dead skin cells and debris. The result is the healthy glow we all strive for. You can exfoliate manually (scrubs, dermaplaning, etc), mechanically (microdermabrasion, Hydrafacials), and chemically (customized micropeels, etc.) If you’re unsure which method is best for your age, concerns, and skin type, consult a local aesthetician. HYDRATE Hydration is similarly critical. Drinking lots of water and regularly applying a moisturizer (don’t skip your neck!) are the best ways to combat dry skin and deeper lines and wrinkles. I recommend a richer cream moisturizer before bed and then a light daytime lotion during the day. I like moisturizers that contain either Vitamin C (for its deep hydrating and brightening benefits) and/or hyaluronic acid (for its plumping and nourishing abilities). If you have oily skin and are hesitant to use moisturizer, there are many oil-free and matte products out there. Particularly during the summer, you can combine hydration with beauty in one step: if you, like me, dislike the feeling of heavy foundation or makeup in this humidity, use a good tinted moisturizer or BB cream. They provide just enough coverage without feeling too heavy.
PROTECT YOUR FACE (AND NECK!) FROM THE SUN And now the holy grail of skin care steps: sun protection. I cannot stress how important it is for us to use sunscreen. Excessive exposure to UV rays can really wreck our skin, causing deep lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and an overall dull and sallow appearance. In my years as a skin care professional, I have treated more damaged skin caused by sun exposure than anything else. Sunscreen is the ultimate preventive measure and can also stop hyperpigmentation in its tracks before it becomes more noticeable and bothersome. I always recommend a day cream with at least 30 SPF, along with a super sassy floppy hat to protect your face and chest. It’s never too late to begin using sun protection as a preventive measure. Taking a few extra minutes a day to exfoliate, hydrate, and protect your beautiful face from the sun can really make a big difference in your skin’s health and appearance. Take care of it; it’s the only face you’ve got! Happy summer, everyone!
Amelie Harding is a medical aesthetician, owning and operating Amelie Aesthetics Studio in Youngsville, LA where she offers a wide variety of customized facial treatments, along with threading, waxing, and eyelash services. Amelie was born and raised in Lafayette and is a proud single mother to two children, Zoe (16) and Henry (8).
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