How To Prepare Skin For Summer

Who doesn’t love summer in the Okanagan Valley? The sun, the outdoor activities, the beach, the longer days, the fun plans and events⁠—but these are also all reasons why it’s important to prepare skin for summer. With the warmer weather comes more sun exposure, sweating, and socializing (which can make it challenging to stay hydrated). Not to mention, the Okanagan is a fairly dry climate which can impact the skin year-round. All of these factors can impact your skin, which is why it’s important to protect and hydrate your skin to prepare for summer. Here at Smooth Effects Vernon, these are our top tips on how to get your skin ready for summer. Two Steps To Prepare Your Skin For Summer: Protect & Hydrate When it comes to preparing your skin for summer, there are two essential elements to keep in mind: protect and hydrate. Protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun is crucial, but so is keeping it hydrated and healthy. 1. Protect Your Skin Wear A Minimum SPF 30 Every Day One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 every day. This should be done year-round, but wearing a daily SPF and reapplying every two hours throughout the day is especially important in the summer when we spend more time outdoors and in the water. Smooth Effects Vernon carries a variety of high-quality sunscreens that will help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Our products include ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are known for their excellent protection against both UVA and UVB rays: ● Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ● ZO Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 ● ZO Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50 In addition to wearing SPF, we recommend adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine. Products containing Vitamin C can help boost your protection from harmful UV rays, like the Vivier C E Peptides Serum and ZO 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating. Wear A Hat We also recommend wearing a hat to shade your face and neck from the sun. A hat adds an extra layer of sun protection that your skin will appreciate. So prepare your skin for summer by adding a few to your wardrobe! 2. Hydrate Your Skin Hydrate From The Inside Out The summer sun and heat in the Okanagan are great for beach days, but they can also cause your skin to become dry and dehydrated. Of course, one of the best tips to combat dehydrated skin is to hydrate from the inside out! That means drinking plenty of water. Water is essential for maintaining healthy skin, and it can help to flush out toxins and keep your skin looking bright and clear. Use Hyaluronic Acid And A Great Moisturizer For Your Skin Type To keep your skin hydrated throughout the summer, we recommend using a product containing hyaluronic acid. This powerful ingredient is known for its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a great choice for boosting hydration levels in the skin. At Smooth Effects Vernon, we carry a variety of skincare products containing hyaluronic acid that are suitable for all skin types, including: ● Vivier Ultimage ● ZO Growth Factor Serum In addition to using hyaluronic acid, it's also important to use a high-quality moisturizer that is customized to your skin type. A great moisturizer will help lock in moisture and prevent dehydration. If you’d like help choosing the best moisturizer for your skin type, our medical estheticians can recommend one during a free skin consultation. Book A Hydrafacial Another way to prepare your skin for summer is by booking a HydraFacial. HydraFacials are a facial treatment designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed. During a HydraFacial, our medical estheticians use a special wand that uses suction to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, while infusing your skin with nourishing serums. This treatment is suitable for all skin types and can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne. As the name implies, it will leave your skin feeling nice and hydrated! Prepare Your Skin For Summer at Smooth Effects Vernon Whether you need help choosing the best skincare products for summer or you’re interested in booking treatments to help prepare your skin for sunny days, Smooth Effects Vernon is here to help! Please feel free to visit us to purchase products, book your facial treatment online or contact us to book a free virtual consultation if you have any questions.