Spring/Summer Skincare Tips & MMV Giveaway for a Curel Gift Basket worth $150

As Spring is in full swing and summer is approaching, it’s time to put away the rain boots and peel back the layers. While most people delight in the change of the season, for some the thought of baring more skin can be intimidating for those who suffer from dry or sensitive skin.  On behalf of Curel Skincare, Vancouver Dermatologist Dr. Shannon Humphrey shares five simple skincare tips and reminders for Modern Mix Vancouver readers:

  • Keep it short and sweet – don’t overheat: A 5 to 10 minute bath or shower adds moisture to the skin, however spending more time in the water has the reverse affect, and can leave your skin dehydrated. Do not bathe more than once a day, and keep it short. Also keep the water temperature warm, not hot, as hot water can also contribute significantly to skin dehydration.
  • The 3 minute rule: To lock in moisture from a bath or shower, apply a moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing! This will trap the existing water in the skin and prevent the water from evaporating. Applied regularly, a good moisturizer should help decrease dryness and itching due to dry skin (if it doesn’t, see your doctor).
  • Slather up! When moisturizing to treat dryness, you really need to use a lot of it. A thin veil is not necessarily enough for your skin to absorb. Pick a moisturizer that is free of colourants and fragrances, and give your skin a good coating of it – working it in as you go. You can even do it just before bed, and sleep in cotton pajamas to help lock in the moisture for ultimate absorption.
  • Gentle is best: skin care products that are fragrance free, alcohol free, colour free and pH balanced are the best. Gentle ingredients will support rather than ‘hinder’ your skin’s condition.
  • You are what you eat: If you’re prone to flushing or redness, it often helps to avoid caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods and hot beverages.

MMV Giveaway: Modern Mix Vancouver is giving away a Curel Gift Basket worth $150.  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your best skincare tip.  A random winner will be chosen from the comments below. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you’re a winner. Canadian mailing addresses only. Contest ends Sunday, May 20th (11:59pm PST).  

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79 Responses

  1. My skin care tip is water. I use water to change the consistency of my eye shadow, giving it a glossy look. I also use fresh face water spray to set my make-up! Hydration is sexy!

  2. My number one skin tip would be to drink more water! I would also recommend mixing a drop of pure aloe in with your facial moisturizer. It helps calm my skin when I have any redness!

  3. I just try not to over-cleanse, or over-exfoliate. Just every other day. And always put on sunblock and after-sun lotion. Plus lots of water and good nutrition!

  4. It’s important that you exfoliate, I use baking soda in my facial cleanser. Always use an SPF15 or higher on your face. And last, mineral powder gives a light coverage perfect for that summer glow.

  5. My best skincare tips are to drink lots of water, eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies (and stay away from junk/processed food), exercise weekly, get adequate sleep, and apply moisturizer daily.

  6. I always take care to avoid products with tons of additives and chemicals. Try to find something natural as possible that still gives you the moisture and nourishment your skin needs. Avoid anything with alcohol or perfume in it if you have sensitive skin like me.

  7. A routine before bed can save your skin from breakouts and dryness! Even if your dead tired – make sure you take the time to clean your face before you fall asleep.

  8. My skincare tip is not to use ordinary soap on your face or it will leave skin very dry. It is important to clean face at least once a day.

  9. Always make sure to wash and moisturize you face before going to bed even if you are too tired!

  10. Sponge dry my skin after my shower before applying a moisturizer. It helps so much when I do it this way.

  11. remember to lubriderm those tattoos. I see a lot of people these days getting inked. Take care, they start to look ratty if you don’t. I have a few and regularly lube them. Keep them like new!

  12. I like to use a body scrub made of olive oil and coarse sugar.It exfoliates and softens the skin in one shot.

  13. I follow ModernMixVan on twitter as 409cope. I tweeted-https://twitter.com/#!/409cope/status/198874974071689217

  14. Wash face with a cleanser and then put on moisturizer! Drink water and exercise to remain healthy, thus healthy looking skin!

  15. Use pure virgin olive oil and massage in face. Gently remove oil with a cloth with warm water. Next splash cool water with a tablespoon (or so) of apple cider vinegar to rebalance the natural skin pH. Smooth on a cream with soothing ingredients such as chamomile and you’re done!

  16. Make sure that you drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. I find that when i drink lots of water my skin looks healthy and fresh

  17. Don’t overwash oily skin, as it generates a greater production of oil, and use oil-free products.

  18. Use gentle cleanser for your face, rinse thoroughly, and moisturize (including sun screen for day).

  19. Use a toner to wipe off any dust and extra particles on your skin before washing it or moisturizing it

  20. use moisturizer and then sunscreen everyday..regardless of weather outside looks bright or not…and always use wash your makeup off

  21. I think the most important thing you can do for your skin is wear sunscreen EVERY DAY that means summer and winter!

  22. Take care of your skin from the inside first – drink lots of water, and exercise (it does amazing things for your skin!).

  23. My skincare tip is to never wipe your face, always dab it … it works better and doesnt cover your pores up ..also apply facial cream before bed, leaves your skin very soft.

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