Summer rays can either illuminate flawless skin or it can damage it and smear makeup. To keep your makeup looking fresh through the summer heat, Bridget Lescher of Odalisque Beauty Apothecary in Geneva suggests using less moisturizer, and no heavy foundations.
“Keep your skin fresh and light before you do your make-up. Just toner and eye cream so you don’t have too much oil on the face.” Lescher explains, “We love HD Powder which is actually ground sand that’s clear. You can matte down your makeup without looking as if you have heavy makeup on.”
On trend this summer are milky pastels, Lesher says. “Sheen to skin and have your colors be very soft with strong brows and lashes. Contouring is very big, but with eyes and lips it’s all about being soft and natural.” She added, “it can make the face appear slimmer and more lifted. It is easy to do with regular bronzer.”
The biggest element of skincare in the summer months typically is SPF protection. There are two basic types of SPF: chemical and physical.
“Chemical SPFs are listed on a product’s ingredient deck as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octinoxate and homosalate,” says Tiffany Lewis, owner of Tiffany Lewis Skincare in St. Charles. “Naturally-derived, physical sun blocks contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are finely ground minerals that reflect UV rays. These minerals provide stable, healthy protection to the skin.
“As an esthetician, I do not typically recommend SPFs that are solely chemical-based, as studies are beginning to show that the carbon compounds in chemical SPFs may be absorbing and holding damaging UV light in the epidermis. However, wearing a chemical-based SPF is far better than no SPF at all.”
Lewis says to complete your usual morning skincare regimen, then finish that off with a thorough layer of a facial SPF product.
“From there you should be able to complete your makeup routine, including foundation or powder,” she says.
Tiffany Lewis Skincare in St. Charles suggests a regular routine for summer skincare:
- As the days become more humid, incorporate a clarifying cleanser designed to purge the skin of oil and dirt.
- Use a topical Vitamin C serum every day, for an added boost of protection against anti-radical and UV exposure.
- Switch to a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that will maintain epidermal hydration without making your skin feel greasy.
- Apply SPF every morning, whether you plan to be inside or out, and whether it is sunny or cloudy. Your SPF should contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and be a level 30 or higher. Cover your face thoroughly, including along your hairline, the far side of your cheeks, your ears and your neck.
- If you are receiving professional exfoliating esthetic treatments such as microdermabrasion and/or chemical peels, cut back on the frequency of those treatments during the summer months, as they can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.