It’s the season of three-day weekends, beachy getaways and sun-filled excursions. Make sure you’re packing the essentials needed to perfect (and protect) your summer glow!
Rather than “work on your base tan” and damage your skin, opt for a sunless tanner (and then slather your SPF over it). Two of our favorites:
Tip: Prior to sunless tanning use a granulated exfoliant to prep the skin.
For added free-radical protection, use a daily vitamin C serum under your SPF. For added hydration, opt for one with vitamin E. Our go-to serums:
For normal to dry complexions looking for added hydration, turn to Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic. For normal to oily complexions looking for a barely-there feel, try Skin Ceuticals Phloretin CF. Both offer high concentrations of antioxidant protection in skin-nourishing formulations that layer perfectly under your moisturizer and SPF.
Tip: To make your packing easier, start thinking like a facialist and cocktail your products to save space. Add a few drops of serum to your daily moisturizer and leave the serum bottle at home. The added richness will also allow you to temporarily ditch your night cream.
Leave Your Retinol at Home
If there’s ever a time to give your skin a break from using retinol, a weekend full of lounging by the pool or sipping cocktails by the beach is the time to do it. Sunshine and retinol don’t mix, so if you’re headed somewhere warm, take your retinol out of your regimen a week before your leave and don’t reintroduce until you’re back at home.
Ok, we know you want to be silky smooth in your bikini, but make sure your wax appointment is scheduled at least a week in advance of your trip. Not only will that give your skin time to calm down after any potential irritation, the added time will minimize your skin’s sensitivity to hyperpigmentation.
Don’t leave home without it! Morning and night, folks. This tiny must-have packs quite a punch. Our favorite: Olga’s The Eye Cream.
Tip: Dry weather, dry lips? The Eye Cream makes for an excellent overnight lip treatment!