There’s this thing that people used to tell me before we moved here: because July and August in Houston are so humid, the women here have this naturally incredible, moisturized skin.
And ok. After three weeks of July, I will tell you: the air is very moist here (hence the hair frizz… sorry guys).
But the problem? I don’t spend ANY TIME IN IT. No, I spend my day jumping from air-conditioner to space-heater and back to air-conditioner, so my poor skin isn’t even sure what season it is, let alone taking in the moisture-rich outdoor air. For sensitive skin, you know what’s a disaster? That.
So I’ve been trying to take extra good care of my skin this summer — and you know what’s a really crucial fix? Taking off all my makeup, every time I don’t need to be wearing it. Because you add dried-out, re-circulated indoor air to massive outdoor humidity, and you’re going to get oil and grease building up underneath your makeup. No makeup on? Then just grab a Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipe and you’re good to go (I leave them in the glove compartment of my car now). Makeup on? Suddenly you’re letting that buildup sit on your skin twice as long, or worse.
Now, that’s not to say that I’m not wearing makeup — let’s be serious, that’s not happening anytime soon. But it does mean that I’m not putting on foundation to run out to the grocery store, or putting anything on my face when I’m lazing around on a weekend afternoon. And you know what? With great facial skincare products, I don’t even feel like I miss it.
Last week, I read a terrible article: apparently it’s not just UV rays that cause cancer — spray tans can too! You guys have heard me get on a soapbox about the importance of wearing sunscreen, but who knew even sunless tans can be dangerous? I can’t win!
So what do you guys think? Is it time to just embrace my pale skin and be done with it? I’d rather have pale, healthy skin than put myself at risk any day of the week.
So this summer, I’m all about staying protected (and as a bonus, taking great care of my skin reduces the chances of sensitive skin flare-ups)! I’ve got a number of crucial steps to keep my skin safe from the sun, starting with Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream with SPF 15 every morning before my makeup to moisturize and protect my skin all day! I always choose facial skincare products with SPF in them — both for skincare and for makeup — because why not pick products that do double duty? Accessorize with a pair of oversize sunglasses and a chic hat, and you can have outdoor summer fun while being kind to your skin at the same time!
One of the toughest things about having sensitive skin is that sometimes you can’t tell what irritates your skin until the damage is already done! Believe it or not, I’ve had products that I’ve used *once* and had major allergic reactions to — and it always happens that I’m really good for a few weeks about doing patch tests on anything new that I put on my skin, but then I inevitably lapse within a few months and end up with another flare up.
So what can you do before the damage is already done? First thing is obvious: be sure to test any new product on a small area of skin (I use the inside of my wrist or arm) before putting it on your face). An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure on this one — if you’re allergic or irritated by a product’s ingredients, you want it to show up on your wrist and not your face!
Second, and this is tough for someone who likes to try out a lot of beauty products, but pick a set of products and stick with them! Changing up products means that you never know how your skin is going to behalf — so pick beauty products for sensitive skin (like Simple Skincare!) and stick with them!
Third, and I know I’m a broken record on this, but be sure you’re taking care of yourself from the inside out — sometimes we treat the surface problems and ignore the root! Eat lots of healthy fats, fruits and veggies, and be sure to always drink eight glasses of water every day (mine are mostly seltzer, which I can drink so much faster than plan water — whatever works for you!). Be sure to take off all your makeup before going to bed at night (if you’re exhausted, try Simple Skincare’s Cleansing Facial Wipes to clease, refresh and nourish) and make a big effort to de-stress at the end of every day or week!
Beauty comes from within, and your face will thank you for treating your whole body well.
Want to know something weird? My skin actually gets *more* dehydrated in the summer than it does in the winter!
I blame Texas. Before I lived here, I used to say that Houston in August was the coldest place I’d ever been… because no one sets foot outside, and people max out their air-conditioners to the point where every restaurant, car, office or store is a frigid fifty five degrees. Seriously, when we moved here in September and it was 98+ degrees most days, I’d go out for dinner in a jacket and long pants, because otherwise I’d be freezing.
And all of that artificial cooling wreaks havoc on my skin! I find myself needing moisturizer at least twice a day during the summer — I use Simple Skincare Vital Vitamin Day Cream before putting on foundation in the morning to moisturize and protect skin all day! I love that it has SPF 15, so I’m protected from UVA and UVB rays when I’m outdoors (I double up on protection by using a foundation with SPF as well)! Our new house is going to be in a walkable neighborhood (a major rarity for Houston that I’m SO excited for), so I’ll be extra careful about SPF even when I’m just going a few blocks!
Other summer sensitive skincare products I’m crazy about? I go through Evian Misting Spray way too frequently (they’re a lifesaver for a midday skin refresher), and I always have Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes around for taking off old makeup in a few seconds. The wipes cleanse, refresh and moisturize my face during the hot summer months – so refreshing!
One of the things that majorly bums me out about leaving New York is that occasionally, there will be something so cool and fun happening… that I just can’t travel back for. I knew that was something I’d have to deal with when we moved, but it doesn’t make it any easier!
Last week, Simple Skincare had an amazing event in New York with Hope Solo, goalkeeper of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team! Hope is absolutely gorgeous, amazingly talented, and a great role model. It’s great to see someone with such an intense lifestyle talking candidly about sensitive skin.
Hope is a huge proponent of looking good and feeling good, and, of course, of products like Simple Skincare that are made without dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants. I think it’s so, so cool that Simple Skincare chose to team up with a female athlete, to remind us all that beauty and strength are something we should all aspire to!
Check out Hope’s skincare routine and tips on staying fit, and enter to win a trip to L.A. to meet her on escapewithhope.com! You can win a 4-day, 3-night all-inclusive trip for two to Los Angeles to meet Hope, including one-on-one time to discuss her skincare secrets, a pro-athlete-level workout, and dinner at one of Hope’s favorite restaurants! (Can I be your plus-one?!)