As Minnesotans, we love our summers. We spend as much time as possible outside—which is great for our souls, but not so great for our skin. With all the sun and swimming, it’s important to use products and services that combat sun damage, and others that simply help you cool off and feel good!
Here, I’ve rounded up my favorite warm-weather remedies for your skin-kissed skin.
Priority #1: Protection
Protection should be our number one priority when it comes to skincare. Did you know that up to 90% of skin aging is due to the effects of the sun? Luckily, Cole’s Salon is a one-stop shop for all your sun protection needs. IMAGE Skincare, Eminence Organics and Jane Iredale all have great SPF options for both the face and body. Some of my favorites are:
- IMAGE Skincare PREVENTION+ Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer, SPF 50: This high-level sunscreen is an ideal choice for sports, outdoor activities and high sun exposure, yet gentle enough for post-procedure skin. It contains SPF 50 along with a blend of plant stem cells and potent antioxidants to protect skin against the effects of free radical damage caused by environmental exposure.
- Eminence Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32: This tropical daily moisturizer and sunscreen is a perfect natural way to treat your sun-kissed skin. The cream uses hydrating organic shea butter and the fragrant aroma of vanilla to care for your skin with SPF 32 sun protection.
- Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream: Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes the appearance of pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin with an SPF 25.
Getting More Radiant at Home
Once you’ve got your sun protection plan in place, you can easily start to address the dullness and dryness that can result from too much fun in the sun. For more radiant, youthful skin at home, my favorite product is the I MASK from IMAGE Skincare. I MASks are hydrogel sheet masks that provide instant results to thirsty skin. The I MASK Hydration Sheet Mask is a blend of hyaluronic acid, mineral rich water and green tea extract that revives, and hydrates dull, tired skin. The I MASK Anti-Aging Sheet Mask is full of peptides and antioxidants that smooth the appearance of fine lines for youthful, luminous skin. Both masks should be applied to clean skin and should be left on for a minimum of 10 minutes…the longer the better. Once you remove the mask just continue with your normal nighttime or daytime routine—no need to rinse it off. And don’t throw away the extra serum in the bottom of the packet…massage it into your neck, chest or hands for an extra kick of hydration!
Vibrancy Treatments in the Spa
There’s nothing that a little spa treatment can’t help fix! The IMAGE O2 Lift facial treatment at Cole’s Salon lightens, tightens and brightens your skin with the use of oxygen, enzymes and plant stem cells. It’s great this time of year because the infusion of oxygen brings your sun-kissed skin back to life. The O2 Lift can be added on to any of our facials or be performed as a stand-alone service, too.
So where are you headed this summer? No matter your travel plans, our team of estheticians look forward to helping you with your skincare questions and concerns.
Have a great rest of the summer!
Tracy Workman is an Advanced Esthetician at Cole’s Salon Apple Valley.