The summer sun can age your skin and possibly cause skin cancer, fade your hair color, and ultraviolet rays can cause eye problems, so it’s important to take proper care of them this time of year. I have compiled advice from local professionals and merchants, sprinkled with my own tips to help you combat the elements of summer.
Dr. Mary Boname of Montgomery Eye Care states that protecting your eyes from UV light is essential year round! She recommends polarized sunglasses because they are the most effective means of eliminating glare off horizontal surfaces like water and snow. Boname adds that you can prevent the need for a prescription or change in prescription by following the “20-20-20” rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Also, you should use preservative-free moisturizing drops to hydrate your eyes. The trend in eyeglasses this year is COLOR. Lavenders, reds, greens, grays, and blues in plastic and flat-wire frames will be hot for the summer (no pun intended).
Licensed optician Gary Iavarone of Au Courant Opticians at Palmer Square emphasized that while eye care isn’t seasonal, polarized sunglasses are purchased in the summer and winter to reduce the glare of sun and snow. People should get lenses with anti-reflective coatings, which improves the contrast. Retro styles are trending. Clayton Franklin makes the best reproduction vintage frames. Mykita and Morganthal Fredericks are also very good. Princeton generally tends to wear quality eyewear that’s more conservative than the rest of the state, who seems to favor designer names like Chanel or Prada.
Melannie Chelton of La Jolie Spa and Salon told me L’ANZA products block UVA, UVB & UVC rays. She recommends putting Magic Bullet in your hair before and after a swim. It’s an elixir that rehydrates the hair, and prevents color fading. Swim & Sun has a shampoo and conditioner great for the season that also protects your hair from pollutants, smoke, and won’t strip your hair color. Her third recommendation was the Trauma Treatment leave-in conditioner, which can be used every day, it’s great for porous hair, and extends hair color. The trend in styles seems to be longer bobs and loose waves.
bluemercury sells Fekkai’s Marine Summer Waves collection. Beach Waves hydrates the hair with sea kelp, blocks moisture loss, and prevents fading, while the Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream blocks humidity and seals in hydration to prevent frizz, while also protecting from fading.
Summer Hair Tip
- Try to get your hair trimmed every 4 weeks instead of every 6 weeks in summer to prevent split ends.
bluemercury Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense sunscreen has an SPF of 50 and includes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, Hampton Sun Lip Balm has the anti-oxidants pomegranate and green tea with an SPF of 30, and Hampton Sun After Sun Moisturizer has walnut oil, vitamins A, C, & E, and prolongs your tan. bluemercury at Palmer Square offers 30 minute facials to rid your face of dry skin and rehydrates it, as well as waxing services so you’ll be bikini ready.
Think of collagen as the box spring and fibrillin as the mattress.
Fibrillin is what gives your skin the ‘bounce’.
Origins manager Joseph Jackson filled me in about fibrillin. Plantscription is an anti-aging serum, which helps reduce wrinkles, lines, discoloration and loss of firmness without drying out your skin. It gives your fibrillin its bounce back. He also praised A Perfect World UV Face Protector that has an SPF of 35. It’s a finisher that converts pollution into moisture for your skin. He added that the skin trend this year is brightening.
Summer Skin Tips
- Princeton Marriott Spa at Forrestal – Try a vitamin A, C, & E wrap (including dry exfoliation) to slough off dead cells, moisturize the skin and replace lost vitamins, PLUS a basic facial to also exfoliate & moisturize your face. Add a pedicure since it’s sandal season.
- Sunburned already? Home remedies: Steep 4 tea bags and 16 tablespoons of dried mint in 2 cups water for 15 minutes. Cool and apply to skin. Applying hair gel is another cooling solution.
Update: The above video is no longer available, but here are a few things Dr. Partridge mentioned.
- Choose a good sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
- Select a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA. Examples include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
- If you’re going to be exercising or in the water, it’s worth getting a sunscreen resistant to water and sweat.
- Wait at least 20 minutes after applying sunscreen before going outside.