We’ve been waiting for it all year, and summer 2021 is finally here! As much as we love playing, swimming, and gardening in the sun, our skin is not necessarily on the same page as us. It’s not easy work, after all, protecting us from the elements all the time. At the end of a long day in the heat, she’s probably a little stressed and could use some extra love.
We all know how lousy sunburn is for you (y’know, premature aging, and incredibly damaging, as well as having more serious risks))—but it turns out even low exposure to UVA/UVB rays can cause skin damage. Aside from accelerating ageing, exposure to UV rays can dry up the natural moisture present in the skin barrier that keeps you hydrated, leading to spots, wrinkles, and a higher likelihood of melanoma. Letting your sweat dry on your face for too long can also cause problems, like clogged pores and dryness from the salt. See what we mean? Summer skin is stressed skin!
That being said, your skincare should change with the season—just like your wardrobe. Adjusting to the changing temperature, humidity, and sun exposure is essential when maintaining healthy, happy, hydrated skin. Sweat, sun, sand, masks...your skin is stressed. Keep it clean and cool with natural, plant-based products that won’t irritate it further. Stick with BYBI—gentle enough to use all year round and powerful enough to get the job done without compromising the integrity of your microbiome. Here’s what’s on our shelf:
Safe for eyes, stubborn makeup, and grime of all sorts, this oil-based cleanser is perfect for the first step in a gentle double cleanse (which you’ll likely need after sweating in a mask all day.)
Milk Melt is the gentle, probiotic cleanser that dreams are made of. It washes away grime and sweat without totally stripping your skin of its natural oils, so you can stay supple instead of parched.
The AHA toner uses reishi and shiitake mushrooms to tone and brighten skin for dewier days. Use after cleansing to lightly exfoliate and soothe your stressed skin. Always follow up with SPF!
The lightweight moisturizer that you’re going to want to wear every single day this summer. Face Base is excellent alone and also great in a group. Mix in Boosters of your choice for added benefits when your skin needs extra nourishment.
Add a few drops to your Face Base when you’re feeling extra sensitive or spent too much time in the sun. 100% cold-pressed strawberry seed oil absorbs quickly and uses ellagic acid to repair damaged skin.
So at the beginning of the day, throw on a cap, moisturize, and layer on that SPF. And at the end of the day, gently wash it off, hydrate, and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.