Summer Dream Team: Why You Need To Pair Vitamin C With SPF

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When you think of the perfect summer, you may imagine an escape to a tropical paradise; sitting on a white sand beach with a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) in hand, watching the waves roll in while the warm sun beams down. And your skin? Perfectly smooth, even and glowing, of course. 

While you may not have a trip to paradise planned, we can still help you achieve the skin of your dreams this summer – and it’s easier than you think!

A Summer Routine With Vitamin C + Sun Protection | Tailor By Skin Type | Dry Skin | Oily Skin | Normal Skin | Sensitive Skin 

When it comes to summertime radiance, you only need to reach for two products to get glowing: a potent source of Vitamin C and a sunscreen. Read on to learn how to make the most of your daily summer ritual with these two essentials. 

Why You Need Vitamin C

You likely already know that Vitamin C is an essential part of your diet. But beyond your morning glass of OJ, this powerhouse ingredient can do a lot to enhance your complexion. So what exactly does Vitamin C do for your skin?

When applied topically, Vitamin C can: 

  • Prevent premature aging while visibly smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Even skin tone by targeting dark spots
  • Support your skin’s natural collagen production
  • Brighten your complexion by reducing the redness associated with environmental stress
  • Neutralise free radicals, limiting skin damage

A bonus? This potent nutrient is often found in bright, juicy and delicious summery botanicals like guavas, rockmelon, lychees, papayas, strawberries, and pineapple.  

Why You Need SPF

You probably apply sunscreen when the sun is shining its brightest. But you may not know that it’s important to use sun protection every day, especially when you’re spending lots of time outside. With all the summer fun of lounging by pools, backyard barbeques and frolicking on the beach, you’ll need to layer on your favourite sunscreen before heading outdoors – and be sure to reapply at least every two hours.  

To get the most out of your sun care, ensure you’re applying SPF from head to toe, taking extra care to target your dĂ©colletĂ©, hands, ears and feet. You can also pick up sun care products for your lips and scalp. And remember, when it comes to sun care, an SPF of 30 or more is ideal. 

Better Together: The Potent Power Of Vitamin C With Sunscreen

Some things are better together. Case in point: Vitamin C and SPF!

For all its beneficial qualities, Vitamin C does have one drawback: It’s prone to oxidation, which diminishes its effectiveness. If you’ve used a Vitamin C serum before, you may have noticed that it comes in an opaque bottle or dark amber glass. This type of packaging blocks light from getting in, stopping oxidation before it starts. Not only could Vitamin C oxidise in the bottle, but it may also oxidise on the skin. According to Dr Michelle Wong of Lab Muffin Beauty Science, “Some vitamin C serums that contain ascorbic acid, [can cause] slightly darkened skin after a few days of use. The stained skin looks red or orange-brown, sort of like fake tan.” This tends to be the case when the Vitamin C is not paired with sun protection. But fear not! Layering SPF over Vitamin C helps prevent oxidation.

London-based Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting explains these benefits on her YouTube channel. “No one gets 100% protection from UV from sunscreen,” she says. “ It’s almost impossible because we tend to underapply [sunscreen], it comes off through the day, maybe we’re not rigorous about topping up. We’re reliant on a second line of attack from an antioxidant serum, like a Vitamin C serum.” 

Another perk to this combo? Vitamin C can boost sunscreen’s protective power. Chicago-based board-certified dermatologist Dr Steven Mandrea, explains in an interview with Real Simple that  “combining Vitamin C serum and broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect well against UVA rays is more effective at neutralising free radical damage from sun exposure than just using sunscreen alone.” 

A Summer Routine With Vitamin C + Sun Protection

Ready to get glowing? This vitamin-rich routine brings on a bright, luminous look for all skin types. 

Step 1 

Clean With Envy: This cleanser is perfect for smoothing texture without overstripping skin’s natural oils. A milky gel with a juicy scent, you’ll love this cleanser as a new addition to your skincare practice.

Step 2

Solution From Pollution: Bring on the brightness with this serum.

Made with two types of water-soluble Vitamin C (so everyone can prevent premature ageing, not just those with lipid-dry skin), and a total of eight antioxidants, this serum is well-loved for its ability to reveal skin that looks youthful, plump and bright. 

Tailor By Skin Type

This routine is a phenomenal way to introduce vitamin-rich skincare into your routine. Plus, it ensures you’re protected from the summer sun. But if you have specific skin concerns, you can make these smart switches to cater to your unique skin type and concerns. 

Dry Skin 

Hydrate and Inflate will saturate dry skin with hydration whilst energising from within. A daily skincare staple, this serum features skin-plumping Hyaluronic Acid which boosts the skin’s ability to collect and retain vital moisture. This serum is designed to be used morning and night daily. Better still, this serum supports the skin’s exfoliation function, so you’ll need less frequent exfoliation to help dry skin retain moisture.

Dry skin will also love Filthy Rich. Loaded with nurturing oils, butters and hydration heroes, Filthy Rich is the most nourishing moisturiser that’ll leave dry skin types saying, “Shut up and take my money!” Bringing instant relief to dry, taut and uncomfortable skin, Filthy Rich delivers ultimate nourishment and protection to impaired barriers to create smoother, stronger, more supple-looking complexions. Apply before your SPF.

Oily Skin

Dealing with excess oil, large pores and breakouts? Grab some Light As A Feather. This lightweight formula quenches oily skin without adding grease or shine. Plus, this formula contains shine-reducing actives to help to mattify the skin throughout the day. 

Enhance your routine with Calm The Harm. Large pores don’t stand a chance against this dreamy formula’s mix of Niacinamide, Tazman Pepper and Date-seed extract.

Normal Skin 

Normal skin should be good to go with the routine mentioned above. But if you like to go the extra mile, these formulas will enhance your bright glow while keeping your skin in perfect balance. Refine Over Time gradually refines the skin over time, evening skin tone for a healthy-looking glow.

For Brighter Days is an energy-enhancing brightening serum with two types of Vitamin C to even skin tone and texture. Harnessing a blend of high-performing botanicals, peptides and pigment-balancing actives, For Brighter Days promotes a brighter, more even complexion.

Sensitive Skin 

You may be wondering if it’s possible to go overboard with Vitamin C: in some cases, yes! You’ll want to tread carefully when using Vitamin C on sensitive skin. Start slowly with Solution From Pollution, and consider reaching for Calm The Harm. This calming serum reveals glowing skin without irritation. 

Have you tried Vitamin C and your SPF together? If not, I can help you pick out the right products so you’re ready to glow all season long.

What is Body Sugaring?

A gloved hand removing a handful of sugar paste from a sugar pot in a sugar warmer.

 

You might be wondering, what is body sugaring? Body Sugaring is a safe, gentle method of hair removal for all parts of the body. It is effective on all skin types and hair textures.

What is the Sugaring Product?

The sugaring paste used is a blend of natural ingredients with no chemical additives so there is no fear of any harmful side effects. The application of this unique product will also remove dead skin cells leaving the skin soft, silky and healthy.

Why Alexandria Professional?

Certified Alexandria Practitioners are professionally trained and educated. They are committed to a high standard of service, helping you make Alexandria Professional Body Sugaring™ a part of your regular beauty routine.

Your Appointment

As a Certified Body Sugaring Practitioner, I will be able to schedule your appointments best because I will become very familiar with your hair growth pattern. Hair growth need not exceed 3mm to be removed.

Preparing your skin for your treatment

Please do not shave or use depilatory creams between appointments, as this will interfere with your goal to refine and diminish your hair growth and to have smooth healthy skin. Regularly hydrating and exfoliating your skin between sugaring treatments is just as important as receiving treatment. You will receive the best results if your skin is healthy. Ask me how you can maximise your results. The better your skin, the better your treatment. The better your treatment, the better your skin… It’s that simple!

Faces

If required, to quickly reduce redness in this area, I can apply a Hungarian Wellness Mud™ immediately following treatment or apply it at your convenience at home with our Mud Puddle® Hungarian Wellness Mud™.

 

Rejuvenate your skin!

Alexandria has developed a simple yet very effective home care regimen to benefit all skin types and conditions – a system of the following products:

Saltspring®

Dead Sea Salt exfoliates and smoothes the skin and is traditionally calming, detoxifying and very soothing. When combined with sweet almond oil, it makes an excellent exfoliant.

SaltSpring Dead Sea Salt - Exfoliate and Detox
SaltSpring Dead Sea Salt – Exfoliate and Detoxify

Mud Puddle®

Mud Puddle - Hungarian Wellness Mud
Mud Puddle – Hungarian Wellness Mud

Hungarian Wellness Mud™ detoxifies and revitalises the skin and is excellent for all skin types and conditions ranging from acne to cellulite. This high quality, versatile mud comes in a dry form and blends easily to a rich, smooth creamy paste by adding water.

Phemomen-All® 

Phenomena-All Skin Repair
Phenomena-All Skin Repair

A multi-treatment cream for ingrown hair, problem skin, cuticles, calluses, rough elbows and knees. This unique combination of superb, quality essential oils work to soften the upper and middle layers of the skin allowing the quick removal of dead skin cells. This is important in treating ingrown hair. Ingrown hair occurs when a new hair is not strong enough to push through the layers of dead skin cells formed over the follicle. Phenomena-All® will keep your skin soft and help prevent ingrown hair. your skin will begin to look fresh and rejuvenated!

Maximise Results

As your Alexandria Practitioner, I will work with you to establish a routine suitable to your hair growth pattern, so that each treatment works more effectively towards the diminishment of your hair. Since the best age to start is at puberty, I encourage you to influence your daughters to start the Alexandria Professional Body Sugaring™ treatments instead of shaving.

Sun Tanning

Regular sugaring treatments will actually enhance and brighten your tan. Your skin may sunburn more easily immediately following a sugaring treatment due to dead skin cell exfoliation. I recommend you wait 24 hours before exposing your skin to the sun or infrared lamps. You should not receive a sugaring treatment on an area where your skin is sunburned.

Irritants

Do not use perfumed soap or products with chemical irritants on sugared areas within 24 hours of your treatment. Do not apply deodorant to underarms for 12 hours after a sugaring treatment. I recommend that you avoid makeup for 12 hours following a facial sugaring treatment.

Menstruation

I suggest that you do not schedule your appointments to coincide with your menstrual cycle, as you may be more sensitive.

Skin Spotting

Tiny red spots may appear on the skin for a few hours. If this should happen, do not be alarmed. This is a natural reaction caused when a hair is removed by the root. It will disappear quickly. The bigger the root, the bigger the spot. As your hair becomes refined, the spots will become smaller.

For Sensitive Skin

If you experience any discomfort or redness, simply apply the Essential Tonic and Restore Lotion from your Love My Skin Kit, purchased with your first sugaring treatment. You can also instantly calm your skin with the excellent Mud Puddle® Hungarian Wellness Mud™.

BE SAFE – GET RESULTS – GO TO THE PROS

…the certified Alexandria Practitioner!

 

Dear Valued Client,

To ensure the health and well-being of my valued clients, myself,  and the wider community, I remain committed to providing safe and accessible beauty therapy while preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the Canberra community.

COVID-19 precautions are still in place and I kindly ask that you adhere to all additional health measures whilst in the studio. If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, please call to postpone your appointment, and self-isolate until you recover.

I thank you for your cooperation and I look forward to your visit.

Kind regards,

Natalie McBurney