You’ve got your skin-care routine down to a science — balms, mists, oils, serums, masks, maybe even Retin A — but what about your sun-care routine?
First and foremost, the daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin from the damaging and ageing effects of the sun’s rays. There have never been so many excellent products to choose from, especially ones specifically designed for the face. Whatever your skin type, they make a sunscreen for it. Many brands go far and beyond basic SPF by adding skin-enhancing ingredients such as antioxidants. This is a win-win for your skin.
STEP ONE: PROTECT
Apply sunscreen to face, neck and body before any sun exposure.
I have been using/loving the EAU THERMALE AVÈNE HIGH PROTECTION SPRAY SPF 50 for my body and so decided to try out their EAU THERMALE AVÈNE HIGH PROTECTION EMULSION SPF 50. It also contains Avène’s renowned thermal spring water (top of the ingredient list).
The product is housed in a specially designed air-free tube. The pump nozzle is protected with a transparent cap that fits snugly (thank you Avène). If you are accustomed to facial blocks like La Roche-Posay Anthelios or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen you will notice a difference in texture with the Avène. Whereas the Anthelios is very fluid and the Neutrogena is very matte, the Avène is neither of these. It is a thick white emulsion (but doesn’t leave a white cast ), gives a dewy finish (a radiant glow), and is best suited for normal to combination skin.
STEP TWO: SOOTHE
Skin parched from the sun or zapped of its moisture by air-conditioning gets relief in the form of a facial spray Instantly refreshing yet with long-term benefits, facial mists calm, soothe, and soften the skin. Ahhhh.
I use the Avène Eau Thermale daily. It’s an instant morning wake-up before applying my A.M. serum.
STEP THREE: HYDRATE
Hydrate inside and out. After a day in the sunshine your skin and your body need replenishment.
- Drink water: take your MemoBottle with you from picnic to beach blanket and keep sipping.
- Moisturize. The Avène After-Sun Repair Lotion has the same handy spray format and can be applied with the greatest of ease.
And, after all, that’s what summer is all about.
A WATER RECIPE: Hydration