Why Is Seasonal Skincare Important?
One of the questions I am often asked is how and why we should change our skincare products with the season. Our skin, just like our body, responds differently to weather, humidity, the sun, our surroundings, and other environmental factors. The way our body responds to these changes affects our skin, so we should adjust our products seasonally to ensure variety and to keep our skin at its best. Very similar to our diet, your skin needs variety to provide an array of vitamins and nutrients. Adding variety to our regimens and adjusting our products seasonally also allows us to use ingredients that target specific concerns that impact us with seasonal changes. Even just small changes with the ingredients you are putting on or in your body can give it a much needed boost. The summer months tend to be hard on the skin and it is important to use products rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients that specifically target inflammation, as well as very specific phytonutrients that have been shown to prevent and repair sun damage.
How Does Inflammation Play a Role in Sun Damage?
If our skin is inflamed it is more vulnerable to UV damage. Heat and sun exposure lead to inflammation and you quickly become trapped in a UV damage loop. If your skin is inflamed, you are producing more free radicals. If you are exposed to too much sun, you will produce more free radicals and more inflammation. This loop leads to a variety of skin challenges including sun damage, redness, irritation, etc.
Sun exposure is just one example of how we leave our skin vulnerable but it is only one of many challenges during the summer season. Changes to diet, weather, humidity, travel (all those fun summer adventures) impact our bodies and our skin, leaving us more susceptible to damage.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Skin?
First and foremost, we should pay attention to what your body is telling you! Changes to your skin usually are a warning sign of other internal changes and we should listen to them! Using ingredients rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients topically and internally help protect against these harmful environmental stressors. For our seasonal skincare recommendations we’ve selected products rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants that target inflammation and prevent AND repair sun damage.
Facial Elixir- Oily/Combination: this hydrating elixir is more soothing and anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for pre/post sun exposure.
Sun Damage Repair Serum: this Serum contains very specific antioxidants and phytonutrients that have been clinically proven to prevent and repair sun damage. Serums absorb immediately so it can quickly get to work fighting free radicals.
Transform Daily Balm: the Daily Balm contains potent plants and is more occlusive than the Sun Damage Repair Serum. That means it also lingers on the surface of the skin longer than a serum so you get added protection to enhance the benefits of the Sun Damage Repair Serum.
Honey Berry Enzyme Mask: this is one that people often wouldn’t think about using during the summer but is a favorite. The honey we use is very fresh and potent and contains incredible healing and soothing powers during the harsh summer season. The gentle enzymatic activity helps to exfoliate dry, dead skin cells in a very gentle way while the honey soothes, calms, and heals inflamed skin.
Sun: Before & After Body Oil: this name speaks for itself. I formulated this specifically to address over exposure to the sun. It is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients that have been clinically proven to fight UV damage. During the summer months we recommend applying this before and after sun exposure every day.
Antioxidant Serum: this is another one that really goes without explanation. It is formulated with potent antioxidants to help protect and repair from free radicals.
Detox Mask: this is one that might come as a bit of a surprise but is a personal favorite! The Detox Mask really helps to balance the microbiome of the skin. This isn’t something people often think about during the summer but our skin naturally produces more sebum during the summer months so it is a good time to use the Detox Mask. This mask is incredibly hydrating, unlike most detoxifying masks, making it perfect for people that might struggle with congestion during the summer but don’t want to dry out their skin.
Got Too Much Sun?
OK, we’ve all been there. If you find yourself over exposed to the sun and need an extra boost my go to’s are our hydrating Oily Combination Elixir + Sun: Before & After Body Oil applied all over, you can then apply a layer of Healing Balm to help soothe, calm, and repair overly sun exposed skin.