Right now, summer is in full bloom! The sun is shining and being outside is everyone’s favourite pastime. But this hot outdoor weather can also make for drying conditions. This can leave your skin dehydrated and more prone to breakouts and uneven skin texture. Here are some of the best skincare practices and products to protect your skin in dry climates.
The best thing you can do for your skin is to drink plenty of fluids. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, which means in order to hydrate it, you need to drink plenty of water each day. With that being said, skin dryness isn't completely internal, dry conditions suck moisture from your skin.
There are six main products you should incorporate into your daily routine to maintain healthy and hydrated skin!
Washing your face will help remove any built up makeup, dirt, and oil on your skin. A great cleanser will remove excess dirt, and makeup but won’t completely strip your natural skin barrier. For the most hydrating clean, try an oil, balm or lotion cleanser like the Amama facial cleansing lotion or Woodlot cleansing balm.
When you use a toner before a serum, it will allow the serum to penetrate deeper into your skin. Toners can be lighter on the skin, so using a simple three ingredient toner like the Whiffcraft rose jasmine hydrating mist is perfect!
Serums should be applied following toner and target specific skin concerns. When it comes to hydration, you'll want to use a hydrating formula. The Eaune Skincare serum is packed with naturally hydrating hyaluronic acid to draw in moisture from surroundings, just make sure you lock it in with a great moisturizer.
Lock in existing, and add additional moisture to your skin all day long with a hydration packed moisturizer. Our choice is the Vancouver-based Bare Skin Bar hydration boost facial crème. It is loaded with brightening fruit extracts, and trust us, your skin will thank you!
Use a mask once a week for maximum hydration. A sensitive soothing mask like Epic Blend’s Oatmeal facemask will deeply cleanse and nourish your skin.
Finally, avoid burning your delicate facial skin by using sunscreen every day, yes, even on cloudy days. The sun’s rays are strongest between 11-3 and can damage your skin for years. Try Unika’s natural SPF for broad spectrum protection.
The ingredients in your skincare definitely matter, chemicals and alcohol will dry out your skin so it's important to look for the majority of your products to be free from these. Instead, look for the following:
Nourishing oils like rose, coconut, jojoba, and vitamin E are great hydrating compounds.
Shea butter and cocoa butter have natural moisturizing elements that maintain your skin’s natural barrier.
Honey is a natural humectant, you can add honey to your mask for an extra burst of lasting hydration.
Aloe is a plant derived ingredient that promises to soothe and hydrate chronically dry skin.
The only chemical you should want in your skincare is hyaluronic acid. It is a molecule that takes on more than five times its weight in water! Just make sure you apply it to damp skin to see the results.
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