I know it barely feels like spring right now, but summer will be here before you know it and we all know what that means–baring more skin while donning shorts, tanks and… the dreaded bathing suit. So in addition to hitting the gym hard, it’s also time to revamp your skin. Just as we switch out our wardrobe to accommodate the seasons, we should also change up our skincare products. To find out the best summer skin prep products, I enlisted the help of one of my favorite local places, Village Dermatology. The staff there are super friendly and very knowledgeable! These are the products they recommend to nix a dull, pasty pallor, “chicken skin” bumps on arms and legs, unsightly spots, sun damage and other summer bummers.
This is the best invention since, well, since the spinning toothbrush was introduced by the same company! The Mia Clarisonic is a small, handheld rechargeable device with replaceable brush heads that cleans and exfoliates the skin, prepping it to allow your products to penetrate deeper and thus, work better. I have owned one of these for two years and am obsessed!
Celfix DNA Youth Recovery Facial Serum
This facial serum helps your skin recover from photo damage it has suffered from the sun. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots while improving the overall tone and clarity of the skin. The enzymes in the product repair and renew giving you fresh young skin cells and a slowing of the aging process.
Now this was a new one to me. Heliocare is an oral pill taken daily that delivers a powerful antioxidant formula that helps maintain your skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging. It’s like an internal sunscreen. Pretty cool, huh?
Get your glow on with this easy to use and natural looking self tanner. Now I can’t vouch for their slogan Look Good Naked, but I will say the color is really nice. It comes in two different colors: Classic (fair to medium skin tones) and Plus (medium to dark skin tones).
Colorescience Illuminating Serum in Champagne Kiss
This serum gives a subtle glow to the skin making it appear fresh and slightly dewey. It’s almost like a super sheer tinted moisturizer with a hint of opalescence. It also contains many peptides, antioxidants and hydrating hyrulonic acid so it not only makes your skin look good, but it’s good for your skin, too.
SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Products
Most people think of Vitamin C as a cold remedy, but in actuality, this vitamin plays a crucial role in skin health. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a key element in the production of collagen, which gives skin its firmness and elasticity. It is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage (aka those pesky little rascals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles). What’s more, new research suggests that Vitamin C may also reduce sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation and prevent the consequences of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer. (sources: University of Maryland Medical Center, Bouchez)
SkinCeuticals Body Products
The Body Tightening Concentrate and Body Retexturing Treatment aim to give your skin new life. The tightening cream is for loose, sagging body zones that need a boost and the retexturizer is for dull, rough body zones or those little “chicken skin” bumps that need a little radiance and smoothness.
Village Dermatology Sheer Physical Sunscreen
Sunscreen does not have a long shelf life, so every summer make sure you purchase a new one. Village Dermatology’s pure zinc formulation is a physical sun block that forms a shield on the skin that repels the sun’s rays. And gone are the days of white residue and thick sticky build up with zinc products. This sunscreen is light, sheer and dries clear!
Colorescience Mineral Powder Sunscreen
Many of my fellow ball park friends, who are those more outdoorsy/runner types, swear by this mineral-based sunscreen which also provides a good light foundation coverage as their go to sunscreen. It comes in several shades to match your skin tone and provides an SPF of 30.
San Diego Hats
These adorable sun hats come in bright yellow, red, coral, navy, black and white. Perfect for the pool, beach, ball field or while gardening, the hat has a SPF of 50 and a wide brim to keep the sun off your face.
No matter what your skin care issue, Village Dermatology has you covered. Stop by Monday through Friday to shop the retail or call (205) 877 – 9773 to schedule an appointment.