Stay Beautiful – Summer Skin Prep By Lyndsey Scott-Furtado, Beauty Advisor & Aesthetician, A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd.
Summer bodies are made in the winter and so is summer skin. Of course, we should be taking care of our skin the whole year through but as the jackets come off and the shorts get shorter you should be confident in knowing that your skin is in tip top condition. Here a few early preparation tips to ensure your skin is safe and at its most radiant for Bermuda’s favorite time of the year.
A Strong Defense
Building up the skins’ protective barrier is crucial when preparing for exposure to the elements and the suns harmful rays. Aromessesnce Solaire by Decléor is a silky smooth serum designed to boost the skins natural defenses and prepare it for sun exposure. Argan and Rose oils reduce dehydration and Carrot oil stimulates melanin production to prevent burning. As a bonus, Aromessence Solaire is made without Parabens, preservatives and mineral oils. Apply to your face in the morning and evening under your regular moisturizer for at least a week before sun exposure and through the summer months for continuous protection. Always make sure to use your sunscreen on top. Shiseido’s Urban Environment Oil-free UV Protector is a firm favorite.
Up the Exfoliation
Exfoliating is a key step to achieving smooth, bright skin. Not only does it leave your skin looking more even and radiant, it also promotes healthy cell regeneration and circulation. In preparation for the summer season, up your face and body exfoliation routine to twice a week. Try Origins Modern Friction for face. The creamy exfoliator contains skin-refining rice to remove dull, dead skin cells and Lemon Oil to brighten the complexion. My favorite Body exfoliator has to be the Jo Malone Vitamin E treatment scrub. Vitamin E is excellent for restoring and repairing the skin from the damaging effects of the environment while the Non-abrasive sugar particles exfoliate to reveal new skin. Not to mention, it smells amazing!
Increase the Moisture
Hydrated skin is happy skin and now is the time to put back all the moisture that those winter months took away. Opt for a moisturizer with anti-oxidants to further protect your skin from the elements. Clinique’s Superdefense Daily moisturizer with SPF20 creates a healthy moisture barrier to resist irritants, while its oil-free texture absorbs quickly to leave your skin feeling comfortably hydrated. Let’s not forget the Body. Moisture Rich Body Lotion from Clarins is a must for keeping your skin moist and supple. Extracts of Shea and Peach Milk visibly minimize the signs of ageing caused by the sun and protect against further dryness.
All of the products mentioned in this article are available from A.S. Cooper’s Main Store at 59, Front Street, Hamilton.