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Prepping Your Skin for Summer: The Ultimate Guide

As the days grow longer and warmer, our thoughts turn to outdoor adventures, beach days, and soaking up the sun. But before you dive headfirst into summer fun, it's essential to prepare your skin for the seasonal changes ahead. From protecting against harmful UV rays to maintaining hydration levels, proper skincare is key to keeping your complexion radiant and healthy all summer long. In this ultimate guide, we'll explore expert tips and treatments to help you achieve your best summer skin yet.

1. Sun Protection is Non-Negotiable

Let's start with the most crucial step in summer skincare: sun protection. UV rays from the sun can cause premature aging, sunburn, and even skin cancer. That's why wearing sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather, is essential. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and hands. Reapply every two hours, especially if you're swimming or sweating.

2. Hydration is Key

Summer heat and sun exposure can leave your skin feeling parched and dehydrated. Combat dryness by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Additionally, incorporate hydrating skincare products into your routine, such as moisturizers and serums containing hyaluronic acid, which attracts and retains moisture in the skin. We recommend SkinCeuticals H.A Intensifier serum - a multi-functional corrective serum to help amplify skin's hyaluronic acid levels; and it may be used as part of a home skincare regimen after dermal fillers.

3. Exfoliate for a Fresh Start

Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and promoting cell turnover, resulting in smoother, brighter skin. Incorporate a gentle exfoliating scrub or enzyme-based mask into your weekly skincare routine to slough away dull, dry skin and reveal a more radiant complexion. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause irritation.

4. Treat Yourself to Professional Treatments

For a more intensive skin rejuvenation treatment, consider booking a professional skincare service at Hidden Door Medspa. Our medspa offers a range of treatments designed to address specific skincare concerns and leave your complexion glowing. Treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and HydraFacials can help improve skin texture, reduce hyperpigmentation, and boost collagen production, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

5. Protect Your Lips and Eyes

Don't forget to show some love to your lips and eyes, two areas that are often overlooked but are particularly vulnerable to sun damage. Use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from UV rays and prevent dryness and chapping. We are in love with the Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Color Balm SPF 50 Endless Sunset Collection from colorescience. (pro tip: this balm is not just for lips - you can also use it on your face!)

6. Maintain a Healthy Diet

What you put into your body can have a significant impact on your skin's health and appearance. Incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet, which are rich in antioxidants that help protect your skin from environmental damage. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and walnuts, can help maintain your skin's natural moisture barrier, keeping it soft and supple.

7. Stay Cool and Calm

Summer heat can exacerbate inflammation and redness in the skin, especially for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Keep cool and calm by taking lukewarm showers instead of hot ones, which can strip the skin of its natural oils. Apply soothing skincare products containing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and cucumber to calm irritation and reduce redness.

8. Don't Neglect Your Body

While it's easy to focus solely on your face when it comes to skincare, don't forget about the rest of your body. Use a body scrub or dry brush to exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells, then follow up with a rich body lotion or oil to lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and smooth. One of our client favorites is the Moon Dip Body Mousse from Farmhouse Fresh. Thieir formula is boosted by vitamin-rich emollient oils that lock in hydration and suppleness so your body gets back to its youth. Pay special attention to areas prone to dryness, such as elbows, knees, and feet.

9. Practice Sun-Safe Habits

In addition to wearing sunscreen, there are several other sun-safe habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to protect your skin from sun damage. Seek shade during peak sun hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest. Wear protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and sunglasses, to shield your skin from direct sunlight.

10. Listen to Your Skin

Finally, pay attention to how your skin responds to the summer weather and adjust your skincare routine accordingly. If you notice increased dryness, sensitivity, or breakouts, switch to gentler products and avoid harsh ingredients like alcohol and fragrance. And if you have any concerns or questions about your skin, don't hesitate to reach out to the skincare experts at Hidden Door Spa for personalized advice and recommendations.

By following these tips and incorporating them into your summer skincare routine, you can keep your skin looking and feeling its best all season long. From sun protection to hydration to professional treatments, taking care of your skin now will pay off in the long run, leaving you with a healthy, radiant complexion that's ready to face whatever summer adventures come your way.