So far, given the circumstances, this summer has been a good one. I’m convinced it’s because we’re forced to keep life minimal and instead find joy in the season through cooking, relaxing in the sun, being in the water, getting our toes sandy, taking a nap in the backyard and the list goes on. Normally every summer our schedule fills up and finding time to do the simple idyllic summer things, like read a book in the sun, get pushed to the side.
This past week we spend almost every afternoon at the pool because it was so hot. It was heaven as it felt like summer at it’s best (especially for Elin) but it wreaked havoc on my skin, leaving it dry and irritated.
I turned to some of my go-to products to calm and hydrate and completely reset things so I had to share what worked.
First and foremost, find a sunscreen that you love. I have been using iS Clinical Extreme Protect for a few years now and love how it not only protects my skin with SPF 30 but also soothes and promotes elasticity. It feels like an extra layer of hydration. When I’m at the beach or pool day after day, this is the only SPF I use on my face. I also have a wide brim hat that I try to wear most of the time I’m in the sun.
After a day in the sun I try to do as much as I can to hydrate at night. While I love that feeling of going to bed with sun-kissed skin, it can also feel super drying! So here’s what I’ve been doing lately. After cleansing with cold water I’ll use a moisturizing masque which is usually Susanne Kaufmann Glow Mask or Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask. Both leave my skin feeling soft and refreshed. After using a mask I lather on my absolute favorite product which is Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum—definitely not cheap but literally better than spending money on a fancy facial. Next I’ll using another calming serum (either Phyto-C O-live or Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum) and finish with iS Clinical Youth Complex, another one I can’t live without! Every few nights I’ll switch out my moisturizer and serums for a thick layer of iS Clinical Youth Intensive Creme which hydrates and exfoliates while you sleep, it’s pretty amazing. These are my go-to miracle products that easily reset my skin overnight.