It’s June! And we’re heading towards the dog days of summer. It’s time to think about how best to take care of your skin. Why? With the added heat, and humidity or summer, the skin care products that worked for you in the cooler months, could start to clog pores and counteract results you’re trying to achieve with your skin.
Just think of this analogy, we layer our clothes in winter to keep warm, and protected from the elements. In the summer we completely change our wardrobe and we begin to wear as little as possible to keep cool and comfortable. Our winter skincare products are designed to conceal and protect. Whereas in the summer we prioritize keeping the skin clean, enabling the skin to breath, keeping pores unclogged, all while hydrating the skin and giving added protection against anti-free radicals, and the sun’s rays.
In order to get the most accurate skin care product suggestions I would recommend coming in and consulting with one of our estheticians. However I will go over some quick change suggestions when it comes to cleansers in the summertime.
For Normal to Dry Skin
Guinot clients who are using gentle cleansers in the morning and evening to eliminate dirt and impurities, such as the Lait Hydra Fraicheur (Pink Cleanser) or Lait Hydra Confort (Green Cleanser) may want to change to Hydra Tendre. This is a gentle wash-off cleansing cream with the ability to deeply cleanse the skin, but mild enough for daily use. The advantage of using this cleanser in the summer time is that it will cleanse without having a drying effect. Making it easier to remove any makeup, sweat or dirt on the skin’s surface, leaving your face feeling refreshed.
One of my favorite cleansers in the summertime is, Eau DeMaquillante Parfaite (One-Step Cleanser). This is ideal for anyone who travels or on the go (like a gym-rat). With just one quick step the skin is cleansed, refreshed and toned.
For Oily Skin
For any of our clients with oily to breakout skin, who have already been using Hydra Tendre, but find that they are breaking out more as it gets hotter out. I would suggest looking into Guinot’s purifying Microbiotic line. The Microbiotic Cleansing Foam deeply purifies the skin and controls the spread of bacteria and oil, without drying the surface. Microbiotic Toning Lotion is ideal for all oily skin types, as it protects and balances the skin throughout the day.
So often at the spa, I see clients who over-dehydrate their oily skin by using products they believe will control the oil. It is important to understand oily skin when you have it, the oil that you have comes from the lower layers of skin (dermis, true skin) and water is found on the surface layer (which is important for every skin type to have). If you use a product that is too powerful (or drying), in order to slow down or eliminate the oil in your skin, chances are the product will instead (drastically) diminish the water lipids on the surface of the skin, leaving you with dehydrated, and acne-prone skin. When your skin gets dehydrated, a message will be sent to your glands to start producing more oil to compensate for the lack of water. Basically it becomes a vicious cycle that will be hard to get out of once you’re in it.
If you have any questions about your current skincare regime or skin conditions, please don’t hesitate to call or come in for a consultation. Finding the correct balance of product for your skin is vital in maintaining healthy, glowing skin.
If you have any questions you would like to ask me, you can always email me at AskSuzanne@fountainsdayspa.com.