Kim Kardashian is a devoted fan as is Jennifer Aniston and Cate Blanchett. Her skincare philosophy is to respect, support and protect your skin.

Czech believes that the key to beautiful skin is a long-term approach that incorporates a seasonal regimen and a healthy lifestyle rather than short term quick fixes. With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s important that we prioritize our skin health and take the proper steps in shielding it from the environmental elements. Weather you’re planning a beach getaway or a winter escape here are some insightful tips on how to protect your skin:

Before Hitting the Beach or Slopes

Avoid the following, as they can cause skin sensitivity and irritation:

  • Vitamin A: Most forms of this vital skin ingredient do cause skin sensitivity; however, Retinyl Palmitate is usually safe to use
  • Acidic Peels: It is better to wait until spring or fall to do these as skin heals faster in milder temperatures
  • Waxing:Wait at least 48 hours before venturing into the sun
  • Aromatherapy Products: These can be highly active and create irritation which is exacerbated in the sun
  • Medications and Antibiotics: Check with your doctor to make sure what you are taking is safe in the sun

Don’t forget: 

  • Sunscreen is key! Stick to SPF 30 (higher SPF can cause blocked pores and cause breakouts) and reapply regularly.  Wait a few minutes and let it sink in before exposing skin to the sun and cold temperatures. And do not forget about lips, ears, and bottom of the feet!
  • Hydrate: Drink lots of water.
  • Protect your eyes and scalp with sunglasses and hats.
  • Do not overdo it – Sun and wind burn can cause irreversible damage for years to come.

After Exposure

To maintain your skin health and suntan:

  • Mild Exfoliation: Body scrubs or chemical exfoliators remove the ashy dehydrated skin
  • Hydrate at night: Oils and Rich Creams seal in moisture and keep skin glowing. You can use them alone or combine a few drops of oil into your favorite cream.
  • Hydrate during the day: Lighter oils highlight tanned skin while moisturizing

Expert Tip: To treat a sunburn that has caused redness, swelling, sensitivity, blisters and peeling, try this regime:

  • Use soothing cleansers, serums, and light cooling creams such as:
    • Joanna Czech THE SOOTHING SERUM($275): Helps to calm and protect skin while reducing the appearance of redness and inflammation. Four types of Hyaluronic Acid HYDRATE all layers of skin and increase collagen production with Lupine Seeds.
    • Joanna Czech THE CREAM($260): Repairing and nourishing, and contains ingredients that hydrate, energize, balance and repair the skin’s barrier function, boost immunity, and protect the skin from harsh environmental irritants.
  • Open Omega 3 capsules and apply liberally to sunburned areas.
  • Avoid direct sun on any sunburned areas until the sunburn has subsided
  • Avoid hot showers or baths, opt for cool water
  • Wear SPF, hats, and sunglasses to continue to protect sunburned skin

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