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Tips To Protect + Soothe Summer Skin

by Tami McCarthy |

Summer is hands down my favorite season of the year. Everywhere I look nature reminds me of how beautiful life is in the summer: lush landscapes, breezy beach days, poolside lounging, sunny skies, and endless BBQ gatherings with friends and family. But neglecting your skin during scorching high temps while frolicking in the sun and sand, can also cause premature aging and sun damage, yikes.

Fortunately, I’ve got some easy skincare tips for how to stay protected, hydrated, and radiant, so you can enjoy the sunny, hot outdoors while keeping your skin naturally radiant, healthy and youthful.

It goes without saying that you want to be sure you are drinking plenty of water, and applying SPF always. But you can also deliver hydration to your skin and boost your SPF levels with fruits that are in season now, specifically watermelon and cantaloupe. In fact, this InStyle article references two top experts on this topic: New York-based dermatologist Nicholas Perricone “The sweet fruit (cantaloupe) is rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion.” And, facialist Kate Somerville likes watermelon in the summer months. “It can actually boost your SPF by several factors,” she says.

How easy is that? I love that two of my favorite summer fruits are also super beneficial to having healthy skin.

Working from the inside (what we put into our bodies) out (what we put on our skin), using nourishing skincare products that are loaded with antioxidant protection is a good way to go for sun exposed skin. I’m currently using products from our Vitamin C Collection for my summer skin routine. This collection has gentle, effective formulations that will keep your complexion smooth, even and glowing while also fighting the signs of aging. Multitasking products, made with high organic content, that deliver results for the summer skincare win!

Here’s what I do:

First, cleanse with the Vitamin C Rosehip Wash. This sulfate-free, sugar-based wash is made with 72% organic ingredients, gentle enough for daily use, fortified with beneficial antioxidants such as Vitamins C + E, organics such as Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Organic Aloe, Tea Tree Essential Oil, and is both cleansing and nourishing for a fresh, bright, and calm complexion. Benefits include:

  • Up to eight-fold antioxidant protection + prevention of the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin.
  • Fades sun spots and discoloration.
  • Refines skin texture.
  • Reduces wrinkle formation as well as minimizes existing wrinkles.

Next, generously spritz! Our 95% organic Age-Defying Botanical Elixir is loaded with superstar ingredients – extracts of Camu Camu, Noni, Geranium, Raspberry Seed, Rosehip, Grapefruit Seed, and combined with Organic Aloe, Lavender Hydrosol, Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid – it nourishes, protects and tones skin. I love the smell and potency!

Now it’s time to moisturize, taking special care of the delicate eye area. My summertime go-to eye treatment is the Vitamin C Eye Rejuvenating Gel. It is 70% organic, with a concentrated delivery system that provides the highest form of active, bioavailable Vitamin C, along with B5 and E, for radiant eyes.  The formula also features key actives such as plant stem cells, botanical hyaluronic acid, cucumber hydrosol, Organic Jojoba, Organic Green tea, Horsetail and Wild Geranium along with amino acids that directs the moisturizing impact to hard-to-treat areas.

For summer, I like a lighter weight lotion that doesn’t skimp on skin-loving nourishment. Our paraben-free Vitamin C Rejuvenation Lotion is made with 65% organic content and beautifully restores radiance, brightens and evens complexion. It revives dull, tired skin and effectively delivers antioxidant multivitamin protection. I love how it refines the texture of my skin.

Finally, you’ll want to give your body a healthy dose of nourishing hydration too, taking special care of feet, elbows, and anywhere you may have also overexposed your skin to the elements. Our paraben-free Botanical Body Love Lotion is loaded with organic herbs and plants oils for all skin types and feels amazing on the skin! Another one of my favorites is the Organic Body Butter / Grapefruit. Pure plant oils, organic plant, flower, and root extracts make this creamy and dreamy butter smell divine and work wonders. Sunflower and Coconut Oils eliminate dry skin, wrinkles, rough patches, sun damage, and premature aging. Penetrates and absorbs easily into the skin.

Added bonus for summertime sexy skin if you use a body scrub to exfoliate at least once a week! I love mixing coconut oil with our DETOX bath salts (they are infused with essential oils of Lemon + Lavender) for DIY beach-ready skin. Divine!

You’ll also find me under a wide-brimmed hat and a glass of rosé, or an icy latte, whenever the mood strikes me, which is as often as possible.

Cheers to the season of sunshine and sea breezes! Smooth, happy skin from head-to-toe is your best summer accessory!