Summer is definitely here, and that means time at the lake and the beach for our family. The 4th of July is a big holiday for us because my husband served our country in the Air Force for 21 years. We are very bullish on celebrating our independence and freedoms that we enjoy because of the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. This time of the year our celebrating is always outside, and that means exposure to the elements.
In celebration of the 4th, we are heading to a lake in central Texas with friends. This will mean tubing on the river at the back door of our cabin, grilling out, golf and biking to the local wineries and breweries in the area. My husband and I are “outdoorsy” sort of people. We like to play sports, hike, surf and other activities, especially if they involve any sort of competition! We are extremely competitive with our friends and sometimes with each other.
We all know it is important to wear SPF to protect our skin year round, but summer is when I lather it on and reapply. If you are outside, you need to reapply every 30 minutes or so to be safe. This may sound too frequent, but in clinical studies for SPF to actually work the way it is designed, optimally you would reapply every 15 minutes. Being that no one is going to actually do this, I recommend every 30 minutes. If you’re unable to stick to that schedule and are going to be outside for long periods of time, then I would recommend reapplying your SPF once per hour. Trust me, your skin will thank you for your diligence.
Is it important to wear your Daytime Moisturizer under your SPF or mixed in with your SPF?... Absolutely! Hard Night Good Morning’s Daytime Moisturizer is designed without SPF so you can choose the protection that is right for you. Those with very irritated skin or acne many times cannot use SPF at all, as it exacerbates the inflammatory conditions of the skin and will make their problems worse.
The good news is that the Daytime Moisturizer is made for those persons who have normal or sensitive skin. It is essential that after using your Detox Toner (another step that should not be missed as it balances the pH of your skin) you apply your moisturizer before your SPF. The Daytime Moisturizer has anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Alguard®, which is a red marine algae that not only helps to calm the skin, but also provides UV protection itself naturally as a byproduct of undergoing photosynthesis. In addition, the Daytime Moisturizer is chock full of other ingredients that are healing, calming, anti-aging, moisturizing and hydrating to the skin. Some examples are Allantoin®, Argan Oil, Pro-Coll One+® (stimulates collagen synthesis in the skin making it smoother) and baobab. Tip: For a lighter moisturizer in the summer, the Daytime Moisturizer can be used at night and you will still reap the benefits of the anti-aging ingredients in the formula.
So get out there and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and the summer holiday! Don’t forget to use your Hard Night Good Morning regimen faithfully by not skipping key steps, and ALWAYS use your Daytime Moisturizer under your SPF! Happy Summer Ya’ll!!