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Warm Weather Beauty

The Esthetician Says

My father always told me the change of seasons was the perfect time to take another look at my skin care products and skin care routine and adapt it accordingly. How do late spring and summer affect our skin? Of course, sunburns come to mind. Sweating, heat rashes, and clogged pores are also typical concerns of warm weather skin care. Sunshine and higher temperatures also mean dresses, shorts, sleeveless tops, open toed shoes and flip flops…. Here is how I deal with warm weather skin:

  1. I switch to a gel-based cleanser. My skin type is pretty normal, and as is typical, I am dryer during the winter months and oilier during the warmer months. To get rid of all traces of sweat and to avoid clogged pores, I love a “squeaky clean” feel, and our Alchimie Forever Excimer Purifying Facial Cleanser is perfect for that.
  2. I switch to a lighter moisturizer. Whether I am in DC or in New Orleans, there is plenty of moisture in the air starting April. While humidity can be awful for hair, it truly is wonderful for skin. Skin will absorb some of the moisture in the air, and as such, most skin types can benefit from a lighter moisturizer during the warmer months. Our Alchimie Forever Yttrium Protective Morning Cream is particularly ideal and leaves a very matte finish on the skin.
  3. Sunscreen is a must. Indeed, while sunscreen is a must every day, it is a MUST when out by the beach, the pool, or the river. My father always recommended SPF 50+ on the face and body, and until we develop our own sunscreen, his favorite is La Roche Posay’s Anthelios line. He also taught me to avoid the sun between 11 am and 3 pm, and to be particularly careful when in the water, as sun gets reflected and is then twice a dangerous.
  4. Shorter dresses and arm-bearing tops mean that I am particularly conscious of my body. Our Alchimie Forever Alexandrite Firming Gel for Neck and Bust, and our Q-switch optimizing body contour gel take care of my upper and lower body respectively, preventing sagging and minimizing cellulite. Of course, a couple extra sessions of Barre3 will help more than any product…
  5. Don’t forget your feet — for me, open-toed shoes mean more frequent pedicures, but also dryer feet and the propensity to cracked heels. I use our Alchimie Forever 532nm Antioxidant Relief for Hands and Feet religiously every evening.
  6. Last but not least, hydrate from the inside out. With warmer weather comes more sweating, which means it is doubly important to drink those recommended 8 glasses of water per day. Emergen-C in my water helps it go down better…

Finally, my father always reminded me not only of what to do, but also of what not to do during the summer. Avoid photo-sensitizing products such as retinols (or use them less frequently), avoid laser treatments on tanned skin, and avoid stronger peels on tanned skin.

Happy bathing suit season!


  


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