The Inside Scoop: Skin by Lovely Santa Monica’s Summer Skin Care Secrets
Ah, that sweet, sweet summertime heat. For many of us, it’s a welcomed change. The cloudless skies and warm air mean backyard barbecues, boat outings, and beach days a plenty. But let’s face it; the excessive sun exposure is harmful to your skin. So while we’d love to tell everyone to stay out of the sun completely, we know that’s just not a very realistic skin care “rule.” Plus, it is true what they say; a very small dose of Vitamin D is actually quite good for you.
Go ahead and soak up the last few weeks of summertime. Just make sure you’re taking care of your skin while doing so. You already know that this means investing in a paraben-free medical grade sunscreen like Elta MD UV Clear. But beyond sunscreen use, what else can you do to protect and nourish your skin in the summer?
We asked the professionals (AKA, Skin by Lovely Santa Monica Injection Specialists) to sound off on this question and share their summer skin care secrets.
Morgan’s Skin Care Secrets for Your Best Summer Skin
Morgan claims, “Hyaluronic Acid is your best friend after a day at the beach.” She says that Refinement’s H.A. serum keeps her skin extra hydrated, even after a long game of beach volleyball or swim in the ocean. An Arizona native, Morgan has dealt with the desert sun her whole life. She says that kicking your moisturizing routine into high gear is the best way to prevent your skin from drying out in the summer. Morgan also loves the Elta MD Daily Tinted since it’s packed with Hyaluronic Acid and gives the skin a nice dewy glow, perfect for a makeup-free Saturday.
Stacey’s Homemade Masks for Gentle Summertime Exfoliation
Stacey has a few unique summer skin care secrets up her sleeve. “I make masks with plain Greek yogurt to gently exfoliate my skin,” she answered when asked what her weekend morning routine entailed this summer. “The lactic acid in the yogurt leaves my skin feeling silky and smooth,” she added. Stacey also makes her own scrubs with honey and salt to exfoliate dry skin and increase cell turnover without the use of sun-sensitive ingredients. Honey is an awesome all-natural moisturizer with its super food properties that are beneficial to the skin. In fact, one of Skin by Lovely’s favorite staff products is the Body Deli Super food Enzyme Peel, which contains Manuka honey as one of its key ingredients.
Emilee Loves Natural Skin Care
Emilee doesn’t leave home without her Body Deli Hydra-mist spray. “I use it throughout the day to freshen up when I’m outside. It’s also great for sunburns and bug bites,” says the busy mom of two. The plant-based facial spray is full of vitamins like Tripeptide-5, Rovisome Vitamin-C and Sea Kelp Bioferment, which are all beneficial for healthy and glowing skin. Emilee also enjoys refrigerating serums like staff favorite, Refinement Hyaluronic Acid when she knows she’ll be coming home feeling puffy and overheated after a long summer day playing outside with her two boys. Try this little trick on your own before your next beach day or Santa Monica pier outing. Just place your HA serum bottle in your fridge 5-8 hours before use.
Kristy Says It’s All About Hyaluronic Acid
Kristy, with her extensive background in skin care, swears by her tried and true summertime routine, which includes exfoliating more often and layering on more hydrating serums like Refinement’s Hyaluronic Acid. An Australian native who loves spending time outside, Kristy knows how important consistent sunscreen use is too. “I reapply sunscreen every hour and a half when I’m outside,” she says. “No matter what season though, I always apply growth factors and plant stem cell serums to my skin to increase collagen production,” she adds.
Marissa’s Skin Care Secrets for Expecting Mothers
Marissa, who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, had to streamline her skin care regimen a bit during pregnancy. “I’m keeping it super simple with Refinement’s gentle cleanser, Vitamin C serum, and Intellishade Original SPF moisturizer each day,” she said. But staying away from active products with Retinol, Alpha & Beta hydroxy acids, etc. when you’re pregnant certainly isn’t the end of the world! Just be sure you’re keeping your skin extra hydrated and protected from the sun like Marissa has been this summer.
Lovely’s Skin Care Secrets for Summer Sun Protection
Lovely stays busy year around with two Skin by Lovely offices and two adorable kiddos to care for. In the summer, she’s also juggling family vacations where she’s enjoying some fun in the sun with her little ones. So what does this busy mom of two do to preserve her gorgeous glow? “I use Vitamin C every day under my sunscreen and also apply a light lactic peel once a week,” she told us.
Whether you’re a minimalist like Morgan or enjoy constructing your own “potions” like Stacey, ther
e are a few “rules” all of these ladies agree on when it comes to summer skin care. Keep your skin hydrated (they all love Hyaluronic Acid), use a Vitamin C serum daily, and most importantly, protect your skin from those harsh UVA/UVB rays with a medical grade sunscreen like Elta MD Clear, which has been featured in numerous skin care and beauty magazines lately.
Post contributed by : Leslie Thomas, Aesthetic Consultant