Dermalogica Canada Manager Offers Tips for Radiant Summer Skin

by Alexandra Kilpatrick

canada skincare

Dermalogica Canada’s education manager Holly Sherrard recently shared her tips for achieving radiant summer skin with Huffington Post Canada.

Cleansing the skin

“We did an internal survey of how long the average person takes to cleanse their skin and it was about 20 seconds, for men even less at 13 seconds,” Sherrard shared with Huffington Post Canada. “In order to clean the skin thoroughly we need at least 60 seconds, which is three times as long as the average.”

Sherrard recommends using a plant oil-based cleanser to remove surface dirt and debris and following up with a cleanser specific to any skin conditions you may have. Cleanse your skin twice in the morning and evening, but don’t scrub the skin. Rather, use a soft cloth and gentle, upward circular motions, cleansing all the way up to the hairline and under the jaw.

Find the right cleanser

Different skin types have different needs. For example, someone with dry skin should use a creamy cleanser with ingredients like safflower oil, while those with normal or combination skin should use a gel-based cleanser to gently clean without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. Acne sufferers should use gel-based cleansers with salicylic acid to minimize bacteria and calm inflammation.

Use an eye makeup cleanser

Heavy makeup wearers should use an eye makeup remover, formulated to thoroughly remove dirt while maintaining the delicate eye tissue. Those who wear less makeup should simply make sure the cleanser is gentle enough for eyes before using it to remove makeup. Gel-based cleansers for normal or sensitive skin can usually be used around the eyes, but check first with a skin therapist or manufacturer.

Summer skin protection

Sherrard advises using SPF year round to reduce aging and cancer-causing sun effects. Use one ounce of minimum SPF 15 to protect the neck and face. Layer the protection if this amount seems daunting, first using a moisturizer with SPF, then a primer with SPF and finally a cover foundation with SPF.

Avoid toxic skincare ingredients

Avoid artificial fragrances, since these products are the number one cause of contact dermatitis. They can also react with the sun, causing pigmentation. Search for ingredients like vitamins C and E, antioxidants that help control damage caused by free radicals like the sun’s rays.

If you live in Skokie and want to learn about microdermabrasion or other ways to treat or protect your skin, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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