As August draws to a close, and summer heat begins to fade into cooler mornings and chilly evenings, it’s a great time to take a step back and analyze what the summer has done to our skin. Here in Vermont, the summer is barely four months long, so everyone is in a craze of seizing-the-day the entire duration, because it always feels like fall is just around the corner. So, we’re serious about our adventures: hiking, swimming, sunbathing, taking roadtrips to our bigger, exciting neighbor cities like Boston and New York. It’s easy to fly through summer without thinking about our skin. So, today, let’s take a moment to care for our largest and prettiest organ.
Here’s what’s going on with our skin during summertime months:
1) Sun exposure. We don’t need to go on and on here – we all know that sun exposure on unprotected skin can lead to accelerated aging, causing premature fine lines, deep wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and overall collagen structure breakdown. Remembering SPF every second of every day is hard, and even the best of us skimp out with more frequency than we’d like to admit. (If you need proof, check out this photo – of a trucker who didn’t wear SPF and spent years with just one side of his face exposed to the sun. Whoa!)
2) Pollution. Summer is the season of dining under awnings on sidewalks next to traffic, jogging blissfully through city streets on sunny morning runs, and doing yoga on rooftops with our bff’s. Unfortunately, invisible air pollution is detrimental to the skin in many ways: it can lead to early signs of aging, dullness, sagging skin, fine lines and even eczema and acne.
3) Heat and Humidity. In hot, sticky weather, our skin sweats and produces more oil. This in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, but can lead to exacerbated skin issues like acne and oiliness if not taken care of (i.e. thoroughly washed off and exfoliated daily).
What can we do to get our skin back on track, now that we’ve stepped indoors from the beach and our lives are back to normal? Here are a few suggestions below….
1) DIY Facial Massage
There are many benefits to facial massage, including increased microcirculation and bloodflow, boosted oxygenation, reduced tension and speedy lymph drainage of toxins and buildup, leading to an overall healthier, more glowy look. Going to a spa and getting a proper treatment is one way to get the job done, but conducting a simple facial massage on yourself is a quick, 5-minute way to help your skin look more awake. Here’s a step by step:
First, cover your face in a very light layer of oil – we recommend jojoba oil, sweet almond, or a product like our Replenishing Nutrient Complex.
Then, with your face relaxed and eyes closed, gently massage the skin upwards, starting at the jawline and sweeping over the cheeks, lifting the skin. Do this all the way up to the forehead.
Next, pinch the skin in between your eyebrows, and lightly pinch your eyebrows going from the inside to the outer corners. This is excellent for relieving tension that builds up around the eyes and forehead.
Then, start at the top of your nose, and using the middle finger of both hands, make small circular motions pushing inward, down towards the bottom of the nose, to increase lymph drainage.
Remember to take big, deep breaths in and out during this entire time!
Next, use the ring finger of both hands to gently press under the eyes, out towards the cheeks.
Gently grab the skin of the cheeks and jaw and pull outwards in a pinching motion. Do this across the face, to boost blood flow.
Finish off with a few more gentle sweeping motions upwards! Skin will feel refreshed and stimulated.
2) Detox Juice Recipe
Carrots give the body a boost of Vitamin A to speed up healthy liver function, while parsley, rich in Vitamins C, antioxidants and chlorophyll contribute to a strong immune system and a purified cardiovascular system. Spinach contains tons of glutathione, a protein that helps detoxify the liver, and apple helps the body reduce heavy metal buildup with a soluble fiber called pectin. We recommend making this juice daily for a week, to help the body (and therefore the skin) flush away toxin and pollution buildup from outdoor exposure.
Process through a juicer:
A handful of spinach
A handful of parsley
1 green apple
4) Apricot Resurfacing Mask Treatment.
When we developed our original Resurfacing Mask, it was formulated to work like a peel, to completely resurface the skin by removing the surface buildup of dead skin, dirt and toxins, leaving the skin clear, soft and glowing – but, without the downtime or irritation that often comes with peel treatments. This limited edition version delivers the same glow-getting, softening benefits as the original, but we’ve added Apricot Stem Cells, which helps soothe, calm and cool the skin following sun exposure, and Coconut Water, for a blast of hydration. This Mask is perfect for getting the skin back to a clear, balanced state following long weekends spent in the sun and wind. Even ELLE Magazine dubbed it an editor-favorite for its glowy benefits.
To use this mask, apply a thick layer to clean skin, ideally just after cleansing, or after a quick rinse in the middle of the day. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, to completely dry. Then, rinse thoroughly in warm water – a washcloth helps! Enjoy smooth, glowing skin.
4) Enzyme Blast Juice Recipe
Pineapple beauty masks are a popular DIY treatment for reducing acne, thanks to their powerful dose of Vitamin C and Bromelian, an enzyme that fights inflammation and helps to soften skin. But drinking pineapple juice has skin benefits, too, so we love this tasty, purifying juice recipe that blasts the body with vitamins and nutrients and age-defying enzymes. This is a great drink to make in the mornings, to hydrate and wake the skin from the inside out.
Process through a juicer:
1/2 of a pineapple, chopped into chunks
1 green apple
Handful of spinach
Handful of cilantro
5) Intensive Skin Polish Treatment
Get the skin back to its softest, smoothest, most glowing self with a super-exfoliation treatment. By completely clearing the skin of buildup, you’re not only revealing your freshest, most youthful skin, but you’re minimizing pores, brightening the complexion and prepping the skin to better receive products that follow, whether it’s a serum or a deep moisturizer. This is too intense of a treatment to do daily, but doing it once a week is a perfect amount.
Here’s what we recommend: Apply a generous pump of the Regenerating Cleanser to a wet Clarisonic brush, whichever one you use, and lightly moisten the face. Clean your face with the brush, not lingering in one area more than ten seconds. Be sure to focus on oily spots like the chin, nose and forehead. Rinse thoroughly – and your skin will glow.
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.