Vive Hacks: Summer Skincare Solutions

Summertime and the living’s easy…well, not in terms of skincare that is. Summer can pose many problems for skin: protecting yourself from UV rays, dry skin, and other sensitivities. This month’s Vive Hacks will provide you with the ultimate guide to tackling summer’s most difficult skincare issues.

Sun Protection

According to the American Melanoma Foundation, there are over 1 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the U.S. per year. Sun protection is vital for healthy, youthful looking skin, and wearing sunscreen can also help prevent skin cancer. There are easy ways to fit SPF into your skincare routine. Look for a facial moisturizer that contains broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply the moisturizer on your face, neck, chest and ears. There are also makeup foundations and powders that include SPF. Not every makeup product has to contain SPF, but having a little here and there in your beauty routine makes it easy to not forget. Colorscience’s Sunfortgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush contains SPF 50. This all-in-one product makes application simple. You can use this product and similar foundation powders as an all over foundation or as a touch up during the day. A classic favorite is NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation which contains SPF 24.

For all over body SPF, there are many options. Sunscreen lasts up to 2 hours so it important to reapply throughout the day if you are by the pool or in the sun. Dermadoctor Brazilian Bombshell Skin Perfecting Body Lotion will leave you glowing. The lotion contains SPF 30 with added benefits of moisture, antioxidants and even blurs imperfections with light-diffusing properties.

Dryness

Okay, so you spent a little too much time in the sun and got a terrible sunburn. You wince at the thought of a peeling forehead and a flaky nose. Hot weather and sun make for the dangerous cocktail for dry, flaky skin. Sticking to a sunscreen routine will help prevent sunburn-causing dryness. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce is a great option. Not only is the product waterproof, but it also combats dryness by moisturizing skin as you wear it. A good exfoliator also helps remove dead skin that prevents proper absorption of moisturizers. The crème de la crop of body scrubs is Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub. Not only does this scrub smell amazing, the Tahitian coconut shells remove dead skin cells, leaving behind a layer of moisturizing coconut oil.

Breakouts

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The number one way to prevent summer breakouts is hydration. High temperatures lead to excess oil and sweat, which can easily clog your pores. Our first instinct is to remove that oil, however dehydrating your skin can stress your skin out leading to more breakouts and a slower healing period. Adding a gentle mask once or twice a week into your skincare routine can help keep your skin problems at bay. A refreshing face mask option is Dr. Jart+ Dermask Deep Hydration Sheet Mask. This product supplies lightweight moisture therapy and treats blemishes. Another product you can try is BORGHESE Fango Delicato. It is a gentle cleansing mud mask that can be applied to the face and body. Applying a mask before bed is a great way of supplying your skin with moisture in order to heal skin and heal breakouts.

Blotting papers are a great way of preventing excess oil during the day. While almost any drugstore blotting papers will do the trick, Cool for School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Papers are a great option. These papers are made from Hanji, a traditional Korean paper made from Mulberry trees. They will degrease your face without messing up your makeup or drying your skin out. If you have a blemish, spot treat it with a spot treatment that won’t dry out your skin. Dermalogica’s Concealing Spot Treatment is a great option. Not only does the product gently treat blemishes, it also acts as a concealer.

Hair Removal

Finding the right hair removal technique for you can be a tricky challenge each season. From shaving to waxing, all hair removal methods have the potential for ingrown hairs. Investing in a good post hair removal serum is key for keeping your skin silky smooth. Whish’s Flawless Post Wax and Shave Cream uses all-natural ingredients to soothe inflammation, prevent ingrown hairs, and slow the growing process. Bliss’ Ingrown Eliminating Pads are also a great option. Soaked in glycolic and salicylic acids, the wipes reduce dead skin buildup and soothe irritation.

Summer is the ultimate season for days by the pool. Discovering the perfect beauty routine is essential for getting through the summer season in style. Tweet us @vive with your summertime beauty tips!