How to prepare your skin for the sun

How to prepare your skin for the sun

Summer is just around the corner and it's time to start preparing your skin for the hot, sunny months ahead. In such conditions and with humidity to boot, your skin may be more prone to acne, breakouts and hyperpigmentation. Before you get to that point, there are a few things you can do to prepare your skin and we've found the best tips for you.

Why reduce makeup before summer? 

Let's get right to the heart of the matter: makeup! The warmer months are starting to arrive. Okay, sometimes that happens later in North America. That said, with the first heat, the skin tends to produce more sebum and sweat more. The pores of the skin become even more easily clogged with makeup, pimples and blackheads can appear. Let's not talk about the appearance of melted makeup, aka the horrible crease under the eyes and nose!

In short, by reducing makeup, your skin and pores can breathe better. Plus, your complexion will stay fresh and healthy all summer long. With these benefits in mind, why not go for a more natural look?


Before you pull out your lounge chair and dream in the sun: exfoliate your skin. This step allows you to remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal. It will make your skin smoother and brighter, but that's not all. Exfoliating will also help your skin better absorb the skincare products you apply afterwards. 

Exfoliating should be part of your beauty routine, especially as summer approaches. It is true that this care can be complicated to integrate when you have sensitive or reactive skin. So remember to choose a gentle, natural exfoliator that won't harsh your skin, while leaving your skin moisturized.

How do you keep your skin hydrated from morning to night? 

Another crucial skincare routine before summer really gets underway is moisturizing. There is no secret, if your skin is well hydrated it will be able to protect itself from the harmful effects of the sun like dehydration and sunburn. Little advice, to avoid being counterproductive, bet on creams and natural oils rich in essential fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. 

In the morning:

In the morning, choose a light, moisturizing day cream that absorbs very well and lasts all day. You can also rely on a body oil, preferably a so-called dry oil like the Chanv oil™ for the face and body. This type of oil has the advantage of moisturizing very well, nourishing and protecting while remaining light without leaving a greasy or shiny feeling on the skin. In addition, a so-called dry oil does not clog the pores. It will also be great as an after-sun treatment! 

At night: 

Like you, at night, your skin needs to be comforted and pampered as much as possible, and even more so when summer arrives. Using an ultra-nourishing and moisturizing night cream that absorbs very well provides significant benefits: it will preserve your skin's moisture over the long term and strengthen the skin barrier. 

By the way, you don't need to have glossy, saturated skin to tell you that it works well. Instead, a good night cream should easily penetrate your skin to distribute essential nutrients with ease. This is the key to immediate, soothing, deep hydration! 

Yes, yes, HYDRATION is the ultimate secret to preventing sun damage and maintaining healthy, glowing skin all summer long.

Healthy food & Sun

OK, OK, we all know the refrain: "eat healthy and balanced", but did you know that certain foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids are especially great for summer? Each of them will help you deal with the effects of the sun, including free radicals, while keeping your skin healthy. 

To help you see things a little more clearly, here is a selection of these famous foods: 

Vitamin C-rich fruits: 

  • Berries
  • Blueberries 
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Oranges
  • Lemons 
  • Grapefruits
  • Kiwis 
  • Mangoes 
  • Papayas

Vegetables rich in beta-carotene:  

  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Tomatoes 

Nuts and seeds rich in vitamin E: walnuts, almonds, sunflower and sesame seeds 

Legumes rich in zinc: lentils, black beans, kidney beans and chickpeas 

Spices rich in antioxidants: turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cloves 

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays

Of course, nothing beats using a good sunscreen for skin protection. The sun's harmful UV rays can cause permanent damage to your skin, including wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. Be sure to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even on cloudy days. Reapply frequently, especially if you sweat or swim! It's all about balance: the sun is also your best friend for a good dose of vitamin D.

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