Yearning for bare-arm days? You are not alone! In Vancouver, we patiently await the carefree days where we can get through a whole day without needing a sweater, a jacket, or an umbrella. Though the sunshine comes with its plethora of benefits – such as boosting serotonin, decreasing blood pressure, and providing you with the oh-so-important Vitamin D – it will damage the skin long-term.

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Here are five essential tips that will help you prepare to get glowy as we gleefully prepare for those bare-arm days!

1. Switch to a Lighter Cleanser – Thayer’s Natural Remedies

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Oil and cream-based cleansers can be an excellent option to remove heavy makeup and keep the skin from becoming dry in the winter months. However, as we ease into warmer weather, it is vital to switch to a lightweight, foamy one instead. The heat and humidity result in increased sweat and oil production, leading to clogged pores if partnered with heavy products. The Thayers Ph Balancing Gentle Face Wash with Aloe Vera is an excellent jelly to foam cleanser that is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-comedogenic. The all-natural formula is made to balance the skin’s pH level and help strengthen the skin barrier. Use a cleanser twice a day, once in the morning and at night.

2. Use a Toner and Vitamin C – empyri

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These two are essential during the spring and summer months. Toners can help prevent breakouts by reducing excess oiliness, tightening the pores, and removing dead skin cells and residue. A toner post-cleanser will ensure your skin is clean and prepped for any serums, moisturizers and sunscreens. Vitamin C products also come with a plethora of benefits. They are an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, help reduce the appearance of fine lines, stimulate collagen production, and prevent hyperpigmentation, which becomes more visible with sun exposure. If you are all about practicality, save yourself the trouble of getting both, and try an all-in-one. The hydrating hemp toner + vitamin C combo from empyri is one of our favourites. Unlike most vitamin C products that only remain active for two weeks, this one comes with additional activation packets for you to mix fresh.

3. Exfoliate More Often – Huna Skin

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It is crucial to get rid of excess oils and build-up dirt on the skin, especially in warmer months. Exfoliating will open up blocked pores and remove oils that produce acne. Use an exfoliating product or at-home scrub one to two times a week. The Huna Skin Clarify Exfoliate Fruit Extract Face Toner is a ‘face peel in a bottle,’ perfect for those late nights that call for a simplified skincare routine. The AHA exfoliating blend works overnight to produce clear and refreshed skin. It is best used on acne-prone, congested, mature, or sun-damaged skin, making it the clear summer choice!

4. Don’t Forget the SPF! – BeautyCounter

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Dermatologists rejoice! You have probably gotten sick of hearing both mothers and doctors pester you about putting sunscreen on. Sunscreen is vital to use year-round for protection against sun damage and premature aging and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Using a daily sunscreen product is a must-do to preserve your skin’s health and complexion. Make this the last step in your skincare routine following a lightweight, hydrating moisturizer. Try Beautycounter’s Countersun Daily Sheer Defense For Face for an excellent vegan & cruelty-free daily sunscreen!

5. Stay Hydrated – Maple3

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Skincare starts from the inside out. What you put into your body will drastically affect how your skin behaves and its appearance. Drinking plenty of water and fluids is the most important thing you can do for your skin. Not only does water help flush out toxins, activate faster healing, maintain pH balance, and improve skin tone, but it also promotes gut health which in turn results in glowy clearer skin. If you struggle drinking water, try adding frozen berries and lemon or Maple3 maple water. This product isn’t infused, it is actually straight from the maple tree! Produced in Quebec, delicious and refreshing.

See it isn’t that hard! You are probably already doing most of these but it never hurts to have a reminder now and then.

 

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Giovanna Lazzarini, Contributor
Vancouver-based writer, Gio finds her passion in the areas of fashion, content creation and marketing. She strives to promote a clean, conscious, and active lifestyle through her work. As she gains experience in the areas of fashion and marketing, Gio seeks to foster relationships with brands that have strong values and offer high-quality products.
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