Summer is the season of fun under the sun but maintaining complexion perfection during hot weather can prove to be challenging with ample exposure to heat, humidity, chlorine, and air conditioning. Additionally, consistently accessorizing with a face mask day after day certainly adds another pore-clogging element to contend with. Read on for our top tips, along with our Dermatological Advisor Dr. Anne Chapas’ advice, for putting your best radiant face forward during the season when natural beauty and minimal makeup reigns supreme.
1. Stay hydrated from the inside out and outside in
Summertime introduces a multitude of potential parched skin situations. From moisture-zapping heat and air conditioning to pool chlorine, to airplane air (for those lucky enough to travel), the dry skin opportunities are seemingly endless. Now, more than ever, it’s important to drink enough water (at least 1.5 L or more) to ensure that the skin functions optimally for physiological benefits like flushing unwanted toxins, enhancing a supple skin texture, and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. Further, “also look to skincare active ingredients that help with moisture retention and reducing TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss) to maintain optimal moisture balance on the skin. All of the products in both The Brilliant and The Absolute collections contain humectant hyaluronic acid that draws and locks in moisture while reducing TEWL,” recommends Dr. Chapas. Both Brilliant Prime Radiance Serum and The >Absolute Intense Renewal Serum contains orobanche rapum extract that reinforces the skin’s surface for moisture retention and a smooth texture. For the delicate eye area prone to dryness, look to silk protein in both The Brilliant Vibrant Eye Infusion and The Absolute Restoring Eye Cream that contains incredible water-binding abilities for long-lasting hydration and reduction of TEWL.
Summer is the season of fun under the sun but maintaining complexion perfection during hot weather can prove to be challenging with ample exposure to heat, humidity, chlorine, and air conditioning. Additionally, consistently accessorizing with a face mask day after day certainly adds another pore-clogging element to the skin’s complexion. Read on for our top tips, along with our Dermatological Advisor Dr. Anne Chapas’ advice, for putting your best radiant face forward during the season when natural beauty and minimal makeup count the most.
2. Lighten up with serums
Summer’s blazing heat and humidity can feel intolerably heavy against a face full of makeup and skincare products, especially for those who have oily skin. Pare down yet power up by switching to a lightweight serum in place of moisturizers that feature a high-performance concentrate of active ingredients to deeply fortify, nourish, and hydrate the skin while applying like a veil for a barely-there texture. The Brilliant Prime Radiance Serum features a fluid formulation that’s fast penetrating and non-greasy while unleashing malachite, bakuchiol, glycolic acid, and more potent active ingredients to strengthen, smooth, and brighten the skin. The Absolute Intense Renewal Serum features a sheer, weightless formulation that delivers a high-active nutrient complex, including retinol and teprenone, that supports healthy regeneration while boosting collagen and elastin for visibly replenished, smoother, and firmer skin.
3. Look to retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to control oil
Those who naturally have oily skin know the hot-weather months can be a challenging time to achieve a matte complexion. While it may be impossible to prevent perspiring when the mercury rises, on the contrary, it is possible to control the skin’s oil production via active ingredients such as retinol and AHAs. “Oil production increases as a response to heat and humidity and it’s the body’s response to hydrate more (another reason to drink enough water). To counter an increase in oil production, seek products that feature retinol, such as The Absolute collection, to reduce overall oiliness of the skin. Retinol stimulates collagen to create firmer skin, which helps keep pores tightened and less susceptible to emitting oil,” Dr. Chapas advises. In contrast, “AHA’s found in The Brilliant Overnight Recharge Cream and The Absolute Rejuvenation Night Balm help reduce oil buildup,” Dr. Chapas asserts. Both AHAs, glycolic and lactic acids, gently exfoliate the skin by removing sweat, oil, sebum, and dead skin cells as well as makeup and sunscreen that cause breakouts and dull skin.
4. Be sure to get your beauty sleep
While serums are beneficial for hot-weather days, night creams are perfect for a deeply rich, skin-restoring session in the cool overnight hours so the skin awakens fully fortified and revitalized to take on the environmental aggressors of the day. Both The Brilliant Overnight Recharge Cream and The Absolute Rejuvenation Night Balm feature a programmed sequence that works in synergy with the skin’s nighttime cellular repair cycle to boost its reparative and regenerative actions. First, the skin is exfoliated and detoxified to encourage cellular turnover and flush out impurities and pollutants thanks to active ingredients like marine water and AHAs. Second, the skin is replenished and nourished to stimulate regeneration and collagen production through retinol, peptides, gotu kola extract, and more. Finally, the skin is maximally hydrated to regain optimal moisture balance (addressing daytime dry skin) with kelp extract, cacao extract, and red seaweed extract to name a few. The result is a radiant, luminous complexion in the morning, perfect for achieving a less-is-more natural beauty look for summer.
5. Make masks your friend and not your foe
It’s no secret that the unprecedented COVID-19 climate has led to many people experiencing stressed skin as a result of the challenging times. In addition, regularly wearing a mask during the hot, humid summer months can lead to skin irritation and breakouts. However, as wearing a mask is essential, there are a few easy habits to incorporate during the day to ensure that skin stays clear. Moisturize skin so that it’s well hydrated to reduce potential friction that can cause irritation and redness, or worse, injury such as chafing and superficial cuts. If breakouts are a regular skin concern, avoid wearing makeup under the mask to decrease the chances of clogged pores that could lead to additional breakouts and irritation. Be sure to never re-use disposable masks and to always wash re-useable masks as dirt, makeup, skincare products, and sweat can build up. Lastly, a regular morning and evening skincare routine that includes cleansing to remove dirt, oil, and bacteria is imperative to prevent mask-related breakouts; and if the skin is particularly acne-prone, consider cleansing after each mask wear.