The current bombardment of back-to-school ads say it all; summer is coming to an end. But before we mourn the fading sun, let’s not forget to stop and think about what effect the season’s climate has had on our skin—for better or worse.
So, be you a bronzed goddess looking to extend the life of your tan or a sun shy gal eager to avoid those August rays, now’s the time to kick start a new beauty regime and start putting into action some après-summer skincare moves.
The Concern: After spending months on building that perfect tan, it would be a shame for it to fade away before you have a chance to see how your golden skin looks paired with one of this fall’s preferred shades of blue.
The Solution: Should you find yourself in need of injecting more colour into your summer’s work, St. Tropez’s Gradual Tan In Shower (available at Sephora) can help lend a subtle all-over boost in just 3 minutes, while an application of Bronzing Skin Perfector by BECCA (available at Hudson’s Bay) on the face will even out skin tone by way of a warm hue and a seamless cream-to-powder formula.
Before all that though, ensuring one’s skin is well moisturized is the key to longevity when it comes to a tan, and for that, we suggest stocking up on Leaves of Trees and their Pink Grapefruit Argan Hand and Body Lotion. The citrus scent will have you recalling tropical drinks on the beach, while the argan oil and cocoa seed butter will keep your skin glowing.
The Concern: Weekends at the cottage are a dream, but after soaking in the sun ad infinium, your skin may just start to mirror the texture of a raisin.
The Solution: Before the creasing and incessant flaking begin, combat seasonal woes with a preventative regime of Valmont’s Moisturizing Serumulsion—a concentrated lightweight serum and cream hybrid—that is especially potent when paired under a hydrating face cream, such as Vinosource Riche by Caudalíe. The shea butter and borage oil in this face cream penetrate deep down into the skin’s barrier, where it helps build resilience (less skin sensitivity) and radiance.
Should your skin already be showing signs of cracking, Clé de Peau Beauté’s Radiant Multi-Repair Oil will help diminish the appearance of damage caused by environmental stress, leaving skin visibly firm and plump. Bonus: This multi-purpose oil is packed with anti-oxidants (Vitamin C and Vitamin E derivatives), in addition to a combination of repairing oils (including rice germ, bio-evening primrose, rosehip and camellia) that have been formulated for application from head-to-toe…we’re talking face, body and hair!
The Concern: Sweating it out in humid weather with a face full of sunscreen/makeup on a regular basis is a surefire way to fast-track it over to the land of clogged pores and dull skin.
The Solution: Balance, young padawan, is the secret to calming those little bumps camping out in your T-zone. With Hydro-Clarifying Lotion by Clé de Peau Beauté in your beauty arsenal, all traces of impurities and makeup residue left after cleansing will disappear (along with pore visibility), leaving nothing but toned, tightened and moisturized skin.
While keeping skin hydrated is critical to revitalizing a dull complexion, you’ll want to avoid ultra-rich formulas when dealing with problem skin; instead, try Dr Roebuck’s PURE face cream. Formulated for sensitive skin types and recommended as a calmant for weather damaged skin, this cream boasts a dual action solution to dry skin, both instantly increasing skin hydration levels and sealing in moisture.
When things are looking especially dire on the skin front, pull out the big guns aka a Normaderm Tri-Activ Mask by Vichy—a virtual miracle worker with its ability to mattify skin for up to 3 days. And, being a dependable pro at deep cleaning and exfoliating (thanks to natural pumice), this triple action clay mask is ideal for oily and acne prone skin, or in this case, a breakout.
The Concern: Parasols are not a fashion statement to you, they’re a survival tool. Summer may soon be over, but freckle inducing weather will linger.
The Solution: A strong line of defense here, calls for dependable daily solutions. On the face, we recommend the La Roche Posay’s Anthelios line. We particularly like using the Ultra-Fluid Lotion, as a makeup base, similar to a tinted moisturizer. Its lightweight texture is the opposite of a greasy sunscreen, while it’s matte finish gives skin a polished look. (To achieve a dewy effect, after setting the base with a loose powder, try spraying face with the brand’s Thermal Spring Water.)
On the body, the refreshing Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray by Clarins is a favourite of ours. Once applied, you can barely tell you’re wearing anything, plus it’s water and perspiration resistant. If sun damage has already left its mark, turn to Shiseido and its White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector for help. As an intensive anti-spot treatment, this is a brightening solution that promises laser speed results on existing spots, in addition to preventing the appearance of spots over time. Sun got you down? This serum has got you covered!