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Memorial Day: Summer Skincare Tips

Author: Massage Heights
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As we gear up to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, many of us are planning outdoor activities with friends and family. Whether it's. However, as we soak in the sun's rays, it's crucial to remember the importance of protecting our skin from harmful UV radiation. We want to provide you with some essential skincare tips to keep your skin protected as we head into the hot summer months... 

  • Change up your skincare routine - To accommodate for the increase in humidity and heat, you may want to change your skincare products to prevent oiler skin and breakouts. Choose, gel-based cleansers, water-based serums, oil-free moisturizers, and masks can be clay-based to absorb extra oil or light gel-based depending on your skin type.   

  • Choose the Right Sunscreen: Not all sunscreens are created equal. When selecting sunscreen, opt for a broad-spectrum formula that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher for adequate protection. Additionally, consider the formulation of the sunscreen – whether it's a lotion, spray, or gel – and choose one that suits your preferences and activities.  

  • Layer your sunscreen –Since we don’t always apply the same amount of sunscreen evenly on the face, a good tip is to layer sunscreen – including SPF in the daytime moisturizer, skin tint or foundation – have more of an opportunity for a more even sunscreen application. A few Dermalogica options include:  

    • Dynamic Skin SPF 50 – This medium-weight moisturizer provides broad spectrum SPF 50 while including skin-loving ingredients to firm and hydrate. This is our Skincare Therapists favorite for dry, normal and combination skin types. 

    • Invisible Defense SPF 30 - This mineral sunscreen blends easily in the skin and is our Skincare Therapist's choice for sensitive-prone skin. 

  • Timing is Key: The timing of sunscreen application is crucial for optimal protection. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, it takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.   If you're spending an extended period in the sun, reapply sunscreen regularly to maintain its effectiveness. 

  • Apply Generously and Frequently: One of the most common mistakes people make when using sunscreen is not applying enough. To ensure proper protection, be generous with your application and cover all exposed areas of your skin thoroughly. Don't forget often overlooked areas like your ears, neck, and the tops of your feet. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you're swimming or sweating. 

  • Seek Shade: While sunscreen is an essential tool for sun protection, it's not the only line of defense. Whenever possible, seek shade during the peak hours of sun exposure, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Stay under umbrellas, trees, or canopies to reduce direct exposure to UV rays. This not only helps protect your skin but also provides a break from the heat. 

At Massage Heights, we’re dedicated to helping you live happier and healthier through regular massage and skin therapy. This Memorial Day weekend, as we gather with loved ones to enjoy outdoor activities, let's not forget to prioritize the health of our skin. Along with incorporating sun-safe practices into our festivities, we recommend incorporating personalized skin therapy treatments as a regular part of your self-care regimen and making your skin’s wellness a priority. To learn more about our Facial services visit