You can kick back and relax poolside this summer, but don’t let your skincare routine fall by the wayside! Prevent sun damage, dryness, clogged pores and cracked feet with these helpful skincare tips from a few of Nashville’s top skincare experts. Follow their advice and tailor your routine to the season’s elements for fresh, radiant skin.
PRO TIP: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
We have all heard this time and time again, but it always merits repeating: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Robin Haney of Apropos Day Spa recommends the age-old trick of drinking lots of water. “Add cucumber to your water pitcher and leave it in the fridge. It tastes wonderful, is extra hydrating and can also be used as a compress to sooth red skin and to make cotton pads for tired and puffy eyes,” she shares.
“Well-hydrated skin is essential to promote healthy skin and protect against aging,” adds Dr. Lorien Sties, a dermatologist from Saint Thomas Health and Nashville Skin & Cancer. She suggests a non-surfactant soap (such as Cetaphil) or products with hyaluronic acid (such as SkinMedica HA5) — for hydration and repair as well as a gentle moisturizer.
Another way to keep skin hydrated is with a toning mist. “If you are overheated, it is a great way to cool down and stay hydrated,” Mary Kathryn Yeiser of Therapy Systems, Inc. says. “We recommend keeping a travel-sized toning mist in your purse. Two of our favorites are Avene Thermal Spring Water and Caudalie Beauty Elixir.
PRO TIP: Double cleanse.
It comes as no surprise that Margaret de Heinrich, founder of Omorovicza (a luxury skincare line from Budapest sold at Private Edition), is full of tips and tricks for mastering skincare. One of our favorite tips is her recommendation to double cleanse. “I am often surprised that women don’t see cleansing as key. It is the absolute foundation of great, beautiful skin that is clarified and detoxified,” she tells us. For double cleansing, Margaret prefers Omorovicza’s Thermal Cleansing Balm, made with medical-grade mud and sweet almond oil, because it has double cleansing elements built in. Not only does it remove makeup, it also moisturizes the skin.
PRO TIP: Protection is key.
Avoiding the sun from the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. is ideal, advises Cathy Pardue of Belle Meade Dermatology Skin and Laser Center. If you happen to be in the sun during these hours, Cathy suggests, “Use moisturizer and a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher in the morning and wear a big-brimmed hat or a hat with SPF 50 sunscreen protection already builtin.” Robin Haney of Apropos Day Spa also recommends covering up. “Wear hats and SPF clothing that will cover your arms, chest and back of your neck if you’re going to be exposed for long periods (at the beach or lake, driving in a convertible, etc.). There are so many stylish options now from Coolibar and Sun Precautions — and, you don’t have to apply as much sunscreen.” When you are applying your sunscreen, do so 20 minutes before going outside and continue to apply every couple of hours throughout the day. “You need to give the products time to penetrate,” Robin explains.
Woo Caroland of Woo Skincare + Cosmetics suggests incorporating SPF into your daily skincare routine. “First, we recommend using vitamin C (try C E Ferulic by SkinCeuticals), an antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals and increases the effectiveness of your sunscreens while boosting the skin’s defense against UV exposure. We also recommend any moisturizer with higher SPF and lip balm with SPF.” Her suggestions include Intellishade SPF 45 by Revision, Cane + Austin Mattifying Primer SPF 50 or EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 for moisturizers, and Coola and EltaMD for lip balms.
Dr. Sites of Saint Thomas Health is adamant that sunscreen is the most important part of your summer routine. “It protects your skin from harmful UV rays that promote aging and increase your risk of skin cancer,” she says. “I recommend to all patients a minimal SPF of 30 and ask that they apply one teaspoon of sunscreen to the face and apply the amount equivalent to a shot glass to the body. You need to reapply every two hours when in the sun and every 80 minutes if sweating or in water. There is also a lot of support for antioxidants and sunscreen, which help protect the skin again free radicals that can cause aging and cancer. My new favorite sunscreen is Skinmedica Total Defense and Repair. It has added antioxidants and is the first sunscreen to protect against UVR (which causes premature aging) in addition to UVA and UVB.”
The two-hour rule is also followed by Crystal Holland of Zap! Laser and Aesthetics when applying sunscreen. “We recommend using physical sunscreens versus chemical blocks. Physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide — a sunscreen with both is even better! Some favorites of the Zap! team are Skinmedica Essential Defense, SkinCeuticals Tinted Fusion and ColoreScience Powder Sunscreen. It is important to apply sunscreen every two hours when in the sun.”
Tami Hall of Escape Day Spa + Salon never leaves home without a good vitamin C serum (such as C E Ferulic or Phloretin by SkinCeutical) that acts as an advanced environmental protection. “Intercept damage before it happens,” Tami advises. “Wear a great sun hat and cover up, and use high-level broad spectrum SPA with UVA and UVB protection (such as Sheer Physical UV Defense by SkinCeuticals) with a weightless, matte appearance.”
PRO TIP: Exfoliating has its benefits.
Exfoliating is beneficial and it is essential to get clear, clean, rejuvenated skin. “Regularly sloughing off the top layer of dead skin cells not only uncovers brighter skin, but it also prevents pores from getting clogged,” says Laurie Hays of Facial Rejuvenation Center. “I suggest everyday exfoliation using a combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids such as glycolic and salicylic. Daily peels are like a steady exercise to the skin, it is far better to use something every day that is not super concentrated than to use something radical at once.” Mary Kathryn Yeiser of Therapy Systems, Inc. agrees with the importance of keeping up your exfoliation in the summer months but she steers towards something a bit more gentle for the skin. “An enzyme is a great alternative, because they still provide exfoliation but are more gentle. One of our favorites is the Therapy Systems Energizing Enzyme Peel,” she says.
PRO TIP: Pamper more than just your face.
Your face isn’t the only part of your body that takes a beating from the sun and summer heat. When updating your skincare routine for summer, pay attention to your feet, hands and body — they need some extra lovin’ too. “The sun is very drying to the skin and causes an excess build up of dead cells … body skin needs exfoliating and regular hydration with body lotion. And be sure to apply SPF to hands and feet,” Robin Haney of Apropos Day Spa reminds us.
“In the summer, your feet can’t catch a break,” Dr. Sites of Saint Thomas Health. Wearing sandals or flip flops can lead to painful cracks and calluses, which distract from that pretty pedicure. Use a foot file, emery board or pumice stone to gently rub away hard skin. Then, apply a rich moisturizing cream to soften the skin. Another great way to soften rough feet is to use a foot peel called Baby Foot. It’s one treatment will help remove thick, hardened calluses and truly leave feet feeling baby soft.”
PRO TIP: Wear makeup that won’t melt off.
Of course you can still wear makeup in the heat — just make sure it is the right makeup. Robin Haney of Apropos Day Spa likes Jane Iredale’s mineral foundation, which gives you coverage, SPF 22 and an extra layer of protection, without feeling mask-like as the heat index climbs. “Also, use waterproof lipliner to define and fill in lips completely for an opaque protection,” she says. “Our Total Balance waterproof lip liners come in eight great colors.” Woo Caroland of Woo Skincare + Cosmetics has turned us on to long-wear products by Bobbi Brown. The products (Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, Long-Wear Eyeliner, Long-Wear Brow Gel and Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara) last for 12-hours and are humidity proof.
Margaret de Heinrich, founder of brand Omorovicza, is a fan of any products that do double duty. That is why Omorovicza’s Complexion Perfector BB is one of her favorite products for summer: it acts as a moisturizer, foundation, sunscreen, concealer and anti-winkle cream. This BB cream does not contain any silicone, meaning dirt and bacteria don’t get trapped between the makeup and your skin, and it contains SPF 20 to protect your skin from UVA/B rays.
Mary Kathryn Yeiser of Therapy Systems, Inc. encourages you to tint your eyelashes and eyebrows, which keeps them defined even if you make the decision to go make-up free.
Thank you to all of the pros who provided sound advice on caring for our skin this summer! For more information on the mentioned products, services and continued advice, contact the businesses directly. And find even more health and beauty resources in the SB Guide or by downloading the SB App!