Beauty & Skincare

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).  

For additional entries, you can do the following things;

  • For a second entry: Follow @ModernMixVan on Twitter and tweet “I want to win a @CurelCanada gift basket worth $150 from @ModernMixVan. RT to enter!”
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  1. Michelle
    May 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    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. Sarah
    May 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    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. Chalbe
    May 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    I apply body lotion right after a shower while my skin is still damp.

  4. KY
    May 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm — Reply

    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!

  5. Alana Boos
    May 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    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.

  6. Cebe
    May 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm — Reply

    My best skincare tip is always taking off the makeup, and eat and drink healthy!

  7. Glenn Maguire
    May 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    pick me.

  8. Bons
    May 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    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.

  9. Amanda Carmichael
    May 4, 2012 at 3:59 am — Reply

    Do not use soap on your face. Use a gentle cleaner 🙂

  10. Shannon
    May 4, 2012 at 5:19 am — Reply

    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.

  11. Serena Debolt
    May 4, 2012 at 9:58 am — Reply

    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.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    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.

  13. Jan
    May 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm — Reply

    lots of water and clean your face before sleeping

  14. Jen
    May 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    Definitely drink lots of water!!! And if you use foundation, use a moisturizer underneath.

  15. Arash Naghdi
    May 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm — Reply

    always moisturize even when the sky is not dry or cracked

  16. Jennifer R
    May 5, 2012 at 2:43 am — Reply

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

  17. Adri
    May 5, 2012 at 7:11 am — Reply

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

  18. Adri
    May 5, 2012 at 7:17 am — Reply

    Following and Tweet!/Adriana1954/status/198793255704477696
    Sorry for the first ENTRY (it did not register or so I thought, it is a duplicate by error)

  19. Adri
    May 5, 2012 at 7:19 am — Reply
  20. Vesper
    May 5, 2012 at 7:57 am — Reply

    Always wear a hat when outside

  21. william troughton
    May 5, 2012 at 10:34 am — Reply

    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!

  22. Eileen Krueger
    May 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    I always wear a hat outside to protect my sensitive skin from the sun.

  23. 409cope
    May 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm — Reply

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

  24. 409cope
    May 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    I like Modern Mix Vancouver on facebook and left the comment.Shari Dalton.

  25. 409cope
    May 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    I follow ModernMixVan on twitter as 409cope. I tweeted-!/409cope/status/198874974071689217

  26. Julie A.
    May 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    My best skincare tip is never to go to sleep with makeup on.

  27. Linda
    May 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm — Reply

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

  28. May 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    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!

  29. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    May 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm — Reply

    drink plenty of water
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  30. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    May 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm — Reply
  31. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    May 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm — Reply
  32. Marlibu
    May 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    Drink lots of h20. Moisturize 🙂

    Marlibup at gmail dot com

  33. Marlibu
    May 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm — Reply
  34. Marlibu
    May 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm — Reply

    Like u on fb
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  35. Belinda McNabb
    May 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm — Reply

    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

  36. Belinda McNabb
    May 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm — Reply



  37. Belinda McNabb
    May 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm — Reply

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  38. Siobhan Smeets
    May 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm — Reply

    Moisturize every day.

  39. Glogirl
    May 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm — Reply

    My skin care tip is to exfoliate. It will make your dull complexion radiant!

  40. Glogirl
    May 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    I follow you on Twitter @glogirl3 and tweeted~

  41. Glogirl
    May 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    I like you on FB and posted the requested comment~

  42. Evan
    May 6, 2012 at 1:07 am — Reply

    Skincare tip would be to stay well-hydrated as our skin puts up with quite a bit on a day-to-day basis in the many environments we’re in. Dehydration isn’t the way to go.

    Also tweeted.!/evdav1/status/199062413566410752

  43. Caroline Morin
    May 6, 2012 at 6:51 am — Reply

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

  44. Lori P.
    May 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm — Reply

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

  45. tammy
    May 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    wear some kind of sunscreen year round to protect yourself from skin damage and wrinkles.

  46. Rhonda Greig
    May 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm — Reply

    Moisturize,moisturize and moisturize! I also recommend a good eye cream.

    May 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm — Reply

    Drink lots of water! it makes your skin look so much better

  48. will
    May 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    don’t touch your face with your hands, as your face gets super oily and you get acne

  49. Heidi
    May 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    Apply hand cream every night before bed to prevent hangnails.

  50. maria
    May 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm — Reply

    Always use sunscreen and don’t forget to put some on your neck.

  51. Marlene V
    May 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm — Reply

    Only wash your face once at night, use sunscreen and moisturizer.

  52. Tava
    May 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm — Reply

    sunscreen, use cold water when you wash your face, remember to moisturize your eyebrows

  53. Sanaz
    May 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm — Reply

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

  54. A.W
    May 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm — Reply

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

  55. pam clark
    May 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm — Reply

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

  56. Shannon Mark
    May 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    I put baby oil in my bath makes my skin so soft!

  57. Bree
    May 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    Drink lots of water! Keeps your face looking hydrated and fresh!

  58. Bree
    May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm — Reply
  59. Bree
    May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    Like you on facebook (Bree Janke) and commented

  60. Jennifer
    May 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    My best skincare tip is to keep it simple! Lukewarm water and mild soap go a long way!

  61. Jennifer
    May 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    Follow on Twitter @Kyeste and tweeted:!/Kyeste/status/200070897309188096

  62. Jennifer
    May 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    Follow on Facebook and posted (Jennifer J.)

  63. May 10, 2012 at 11:33 am — Reply

    moisturize,moisturize,moisturize.nuff’ said,now do it ,no matter what the season,or time of day,no matter how much time you have.

  64. Sunshine G
    May 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm — Reply

    Drink lots of water!

  65. Anne Derkat
    May 13, 2012 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Always remove your make up before going to bed.

  66. aimee p
    May 14, 2012 at 7:43 am — Reply

    great products for kids

  67. Tina
    May 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    moisturize everyday

  68. Dee B.
    May 17, 2012 at 7:16 am — Reply

    Tons of water, moisturizer with SPF and drink aloe vera juice.

  69. Lisette
    May 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    Exfoliate and use a good moisturizer.

  70. maria
    May 18, 2012 at 9:16 am — Reply

    Do not get too much sun!!!

  71. Jennifer
    May 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm — Reply

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

  72. Jennifer
    May 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm — Reply
  73. Jennifer
    May 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    Following & posted on Facebook (Jennifer Lewis).

  74. Heather A
    May 19, 2012 at 11:10 am — Reply

    Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Not just your face, but all your skin.

  75. Debbie P
    May 20, 2012 at 9:45 am — Reply

    Remove all of your make-up before you go to bed every night!

  76. Debbie P
    May 20, 2012 at 9:48 am — Reply

    Like on FB and commented
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  77. aimee
    May 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    Zinc diaper cream make pimples go away and wont look as red

  78. Iris
    May 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    always moisturize!

  79. heather holmberg
    May 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    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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