Favorites: Summer Skincare

Favorites: Summer Skincare

After taking the Simple Skincare Skin Health Consultation, I was quite intrigued to learn that my oily, occasionally acne-prone skin is, in fact, categorized as “sensitive skin” as well. Although I consider myself an extremist – retinoids, please… or all-natural, organic DIY homemade recipes for skincare remedies – what interested me most about this consultation is the expert advice doled out by Dr. Jennifer Segal, Simple’s dermatologist. Once I completed the questions pertaining to my skin type and concerns, I was routed to a page with my results, sensitive skincare product recommendations and skincare advice. Dr. Segal’s tip on washing with warm water – never hot or cold – really piqued my interest. I asked the folks at Simple if they could have her elaborate on this and here’s what she had to say: “Cleansing with lukewarm water allows for effective removal of dirt and bacterial without irritating and over-drying the skin.” Anyone who has ever dealt with a skin flair up – or even a severe patch of dryness – can relate to the desire to keep skin calm and happy. Lukewarm water it is!

When it comes to happy skin this summer, here are a few of my favorite products:

Simple ($7) – Perfect to use with my beloved Clarisonic, and ideal for clean skin. It’s 100% soap-free, made without dyes and perfumes, and is suitable for all skin types.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($31) – A soothing pick-me-up for the face and body. Extra fab when stored in the fridge for a kick of cool mixed with the refreshing scent of freshly picked roses.

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra SPF 40 ($29) – Wrinkles, sun spots and skin cancer aren’t part of my “flawless skin” regimen, therefore I always apply sunscreen. I am a big fan of La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Fluid for Face ($30) but I was recently given this one to try and organic ingredients (70% organic, 100% natural) are much more settling to my delicate skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacer Serum ($43) – Great for de-stressing stressed skin after a day sun bathing. I like to think of it as preventative sun damage protection. Like all serums, try it in the fridge for a cool and refreshing face feast (think at-home spa treatment). Dragon’s blood hydrates and soothes.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30) – Sea, sand and salt are a recipe for red eye. Eye gel patches give the illusion of a ten hour sleep in 15 minutes while depuffing and soothing. Come 8 pairs in a pack. Leave on for 10 minutes (apply makeup while they work their magic), take off, and voila – bright eyes.

Now it’s your turn: Take the Simple Skin Health Consultation (click here) and share your personal summer skincare tips in the comment section below.


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