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Top 5 Summer Skincare Choices You Need to Add to Your Regime

This summer, make sure to get lots of fresh air and exercise while keeping your skin healthy and protected! We’ve compiled the five best products to introduce to your daily skincare regimen this summer. With our help and guidance, you can achieve and maintain a healthy, glowing complexion!

1) Daily Sun Protection with Sunscreens

Whether or not you are big into skincare, you should definitely use sunscreen every single day of the year. Repeated sun exposure can cause premature signs of aging, skin damage, hurt the immune system, and even lead to skin cancer. Even if you avoid the worst effects, your skin will look worse over time, negating the benefits of any skincare routine. 

Most medical-grade sunscreens not only protect you from UVA and UVB rays, but they also protect you from Infra-high energy visible (HEV) light and infrared (IR-A) rays. The sooner you start using daily SPF, the more your skin will be protected, it will be healthier, and you will have fewer signs of premature aging such as skin discoloration, texture, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Apply Spf 30 – 50 over the face, neck, and chest every day for protection from harmful UV rays. If you are spending time outside, protect all exposed areas of your body, and reapply SPF every 1-2 hours. Wear protective clothing as well; a brimmed hat with at least a 2” brim all the way around instead of a baseball hat. Sunglasses with UV protection lenses help protect your eyes and the thin skin around the eyes. Sun shirts protect the chest, back and arms if during swimming and water sports.

There are a variety of sun protection products that are great for specific skin types and it is best to find one that you like so you will wear it every day. From a light lotion, antiaging creams, primers, and powders with or without a tint, Vive has a variety of sunscreens to meet your preference. Even if you plan on being outside for a few minutes, don’t forget to put on a good sunscreen. Your skin will love you for it!

Select your favorite sunscreen products from VIVE SHOP!

  • SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair Clear SPF 34, Tinted SPF 34, and Water Resistant SPF 50
  • Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, Sheer SPF 30 Mineral Tinted, Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45, and Triple Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Sunscreen + Powder SPF 40

2) Antioxidants to Brighten and Protect

Antioxidants directly fight one of the body’s worst enemies, free radicals. While free radicals do have some uses, they tend to over-accumulate and wreak havoc on the skin. Free radicals can speed up the aging process. Free radicals are created from environmental triggers such as ozone, pollution, smog, cigarette smoke, and sun exposure. Internal factors such as stress, poor nutrition, and not getting enough sleep may also increase the production of free radicals.

Everything in the world—including human beings—is made of molecules. Molecules themselves are made of atoms, and atoms are made of pairs of electrons. In the skin, free radicals develop when an atom is missing an electron; they damage the skin by trying to take an extra electron from the molecules that make up the skin. This causes damage to our skin’s collagen fibres and DNA which can speed up skin aging in the form of brown spots, redness, spider veins, fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin.

Your answer to neutralizing free radicals is antioxidants! Antioxidants donate an electron to a free radical so the free radical does not rob it of the skin’s atoms. Antioxidants are really protecting your collagen and DNA repair, which is the best form of anti-aging! Antioxidants help to reduce signs of environmental damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, and tone.  They help to restore a radiant complexion, even out skin tone and smooth skin texture. 

Topical antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E in serum and lotion formulations that can penetrate deep into the skin layers to neutralize free radicals and prevent skin damage. Apply to the face and neck (any leftover rub on the backs of your hands) once or twice a day after you clean your skin and before you apply moisturizer and SPF.

Throw in a healthy balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, apply SPF 30+ to your face and neck every day, and you have all the bases covered for maintaining healthy skin!

Product recommendations:

Check out the VIVE SHOP to choose your favorite antioxidant 

3) Brightening Creams

Skin brightening creams are perfect for restoring hydration, calming and soothing irritated skin, and reducing the appearance of age spots and sunspots. With brightening creams, you can maintain an even skin tone, smooth texture, and consistent complexion through the summer. These creams contain unique formulations to improve overall skin quality by reducing the appearance of aging while sloughing off dead skin cells, and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Apply daily on clean skin as part of your skincare regime before sunscreen.

Active ingredients for brightening include Arbutin, Resorcinol, Tranexamic Acid, Niacinimide, Lactic acid, and hydrators.

Tranexamic Acid mitigates UV-induced pigment formation without irritation or sensitivity. 

Niacinamide reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone + supports the skin’s barrier function.

Check out VIVE SHOP for the best brightening products and programs

Product recommendations:

  • SKINMEDICA® Lytera® 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum
  • Vivier® Hyperpigmentation Program (Non-HQ), Vivier Skin Brightening Cream 

4) Peptides

Peptides are powerful building blocks of proteins. They are made of chains of amino acids, and peptides chained together with potent anti-aging properties.

The most abundant and important peptide in the body is collagen. By supplementing peptides, you can provide the skin with more of those building blocks, and even spur more natural peptide and collagen production.

Regular application of products that contain peptides helps reverse signs of aging by visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture, and loose skin. These products need to be consistently applied in order to work and are best used in tandem with other anti-aging ingredients. Peptides are a key ingredient in many different medical-grade anti-aging skincare products and highly recommended in an anti-aging skincare regime.

Check out VIVE SHOP for your favorite products that contain peptides!
Product recommendations:

  • ZO Skin Health®  Firming Serum
  • Vivier® Ultimage and GenzCine Serum, Eye Cream and Neck Cream
  • SkinMedica® TNS Advanced+ Essential Serum

5) Growth Factors

Growth factors represent a huge class of peptides. These growth factors help to regulate cell survival, migration, proliferation, and more. Think of them as a conductor in a symphony, directing the different sections to produce beautiful balance.

In the skin, growth factors help to maintain healthy skin by supporting the repair of damaged skin, making components that provide firmness and elasticity to the skin while helping to maintain the skin’s protective functions. Aged, sun-damaged skin requires growth factors to maintain itself, however cells in aging skin make fewer growth factors than cells in youthful skin. One approach to support the levels of skin rejuvenation is to regularly use skin care products with a high concentration of stable growth factors.

That’s why skincare products that use growth factors achieve amazing results after consistent application. They bring the symphony of skin cells back in order, showing improvements in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture, discoloration, reduction in crow’s feet lines, under-eye skin texture, and overall radiance. Combining growth factors with strong antioxidants tends to show results sooner, so be sure to use both for the best results!

Check out VIVE SHOP for the best products with growth factors! 

Product recommendations:

  • ZO Skin Health ® Growth Factor Serum and Growth Factor Eye Serum 
  • SkinMedica® TNS Advanced + Essential Serum and TNS Recovery Complex

Achieve the Summer Look of Your Dreams with Vive Med Spa!

At Vive Med Spa, we go above and beyond for our clients. If you’re ready to look your absolute best this summer, then we’re here to help! We carry the best skincare products to help you take your daily skincare routine to the next level. Need help or guidance? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team! We’re here to help you reach your skincare goals, today!

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