Summer is all about soaking up the warmth of the sun and enjoying life outdoors as much as possible. Like spring, it’s the perfect opportunity to adjust your beauty routine to meet the skin’s seasonal needs.
As the northern hemisphere leans closer to the sun, we experience higher humidity levels, warmer temperatures and a higher concentration of the sun’s rays. These changes bring with them a need for oil management, sun protection and pigmentation control.
Oil management is essential when it comes to avoiding breakouts and blemishes. Warmer temperatures and humid climates increase oil production from sebaceous glands in our face. To keep our skin radiant and blemish free, it is important to cleanse with a product that removes excess oils and impurities without drying the skin.
Add a daily cleanser that contains some type of hydroxy acid, like AVYA’s Gentle Cleanser with salicylic acid, to your routine. The chemical compounds act as exfoliators while increasing skin cell turnover. What does that mean for your skin? The acids weaken connections between dead cells on the skin’s outer most layer, causing them to slough off and reveal younger, healthier skin cells beneath. This gentle exfoliation also unclogs pores as well as removes oil, sweat and environmental matter from the skin’s surface, decreasing opportunities for pimple and blemish formation.
Gone are the days of slathering our skin in different oils and bronzing products in hopes of attracting as much summer sun as possible. We are now much more aware of the harmful effects associated with UVA and UVB exposure and how essential it is to incorporate sunscreen into our day-to-day routines.
While most people think of sunscreen as something you apply for a long day at the beach, it should actually be a key part of your skincare regimen—especially over summer. You see, even the smallest bit of unprotected exposure to the sun each day can add up. Aside from causing damage to genetic material in our skin cells, increased exposure also leads to premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and melasma.
AVYA’s Day Moisturizer SPF 20 provides that daily UV protection while also deeply nourishing your skin. It incorporates mineral, chemical-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen with beneficial active ingredients and natural botanicals. One remarkable natural botanical found in the day moisturizer is snow mushroom extract, an ancient ingredient located on high mountains around the globe. Snow mushroom contains small, water-attracting molecules (similar to hyaluronic acid) which penetrate deep into the skin to provide skin-plumping moisture. In addition, the moisturizer contains powerful melanin-controlling active ingredients such as turmeric, vitamin C, and niacinamide.
A common skincare goal for women and men of all ethnicities is an even, radiant complexion. In order to work toward this objective, we must familiarize ourselves with melanin and its role within our skin.
Melanin is a wonderful molecule, created in the deeper layers of the skin by cells called melanocytes. Once created, melanin is spread into the top layer of the skin and placed just above the nucleus (brain) of the cell, protecting it from damaging UVA and UVB rays. External factors like UV exposure and inflammation can negatively impact this cycle and cause a higher concentration of melanocytes to overproduce melanin, which leads to patches of pigmentation, melasma and ultimately an uneven complexion.
As you’re adjusting your skincare routine this season, look for products like those from AVYA Skincare that use melanin-stabilizing and glow-enhancing ingredients to improve both your skin’s health and appearance. Also, opt for simple, light makeup, drink plenty of water, and don’t forget the wide-brimmed hats and over-sized sunglasses. But most importantly, take good care of yourself and make this your best summer yet!