Good news — summer is officially here! Time for lazy days at the pool, grilling for dinner, and frosé with (almost) every meal. In other words, total paradise, right?
Well, for the most part. But with summer comes the heat, and it’s especially fierce here in the capital of Texas, where temperatures can spike to triple digits for months on end. And to our skin, all that heat and sun isn’t quite paradise. It’s not just the fact that every single pore on our bodies seems to be sweating at once. It’s also that powerful UVA and UVB rays are at an all-time high, with the potential to cause painful sunburns and damage your skin.
And UV rays aren’t the only culprit. Heat can wreak its own special havoc on your skin, causing rosacea flare-ups, aggravating hyperpigmentation, and worsening breakouts.
That’s why it’s so important to show your skin some extra love this summer and treat yourself to a little seasonal pampering. Think of it like a beach vacation for your epidermis. Here’s how to keep your skin glowing even when the weather is scorching.
Catch Some Rays (But Not the UV Kind!)
Let’s face it, lobster red is not a great look for anyone. And exposure to UV rays can cause long-term skin damage while undoing whatever progress you’ve made with your skin care regimen and facials. Wrinkles, acne, age spots, and rosacea — the list of damages goes on and on.
The best way to keep your face out of the burn ward is to invest in a quality sunblock. At Viva we offer a variety of different sunscreens from SkinCeuticals and Eminence Organics to keep your face protected while you soak up the sun. For full-body coverage, we also carry mineral and organic sunscreens from Coola. These products come in a variety of different weights and are specially formulated for your skin so you can avoid that greasy feel and the pore-clogging effects of traditional sunblocks. When you book one of our facial services, our skin care experts will get you set up with a sunblock that will perfectly match your preferences and skin type.
“C” Ya, Sun Damage
It’s what’s underneath that counts, whether you’re talking inner beauty or sunscreen. In the case of the latter, a little vitamin C can make a big difference while you’re soaking up that vitamin D. Applying a vitamin C serum like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic before you put on sunscreen can help minimize environmental damage and may even give your sunscreen a little bit more mileage. Of course, you’ll still want to slather on the sunblock and reapply periodically throughout the day. Our estis know their stuff and can help you create an at-home product kit with all the sun-soothing tools you need to get you through to your next facial appointment.
Go for That Boho Desert Look
Summer is the season of swimsuits and spaghetti straps, but don’t be afraid to cover up sometimes too. The perfect summer hat, paired with a fashionable cotton coverup, can do wonders for your skin — and your beachside look. Plus, covering yourself with a light cotton material will actually keep you cooler than baring it all. Here’s to not being a sweaty mess!
After Sun Care Is Clutch
Sunblock, sweat, chlorine — a day by the pool can be pretty brutal on your skin. And no matter how carefully you apply your sunscreen, we all miss a spot sometimes. (Or even forget altogether. We’ve all been there!) Spritzing yourself with a hydrating toner throughout the day and especially after sun can soothe your skin from heat-related reactions.
We particularly love Eminence Organics’s Stone Crop Hydrating Mist. It’s made with the juice of stone crop, a cute little succulent that packs a powerful healing punch. It’s even more soothing for your skin than aloe vera, so it can calm inflammation and ease burns like a boss. Then come in for one of our curated seasonal facials, like our Organic Summer Facial Package, for a little aftersun detox.
Make a Date with Your Favorite Face Mask
Our lives can get pretty hectic during the summer. What with pool parties and beach dates and vacations, it’s easy to get burned out — both literally and physically. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular self care this time of year and treat yourself to your favorite facial mask.
Masks can go a long way to repair the damage from the summer sun, particularly if you go for a calming, cooling product, like Eminence Organics’s Clear Skin Probiotic Masque or SkinCeuticals’s Phyto Corrective Mask. These masks contain hydrating, healing ingredients, like cucumber, yogurt, thyme extract, and other botanicals that will help nurture your skin from irritation, inflammation, and drying.
So go ahead, put on your favorite chill playlist, mask up, and give yourself some time to unwind and detox from the day.
Facials, Facials, and More Facials
As if you needed a reason to book a facial, right? A summertime facial is not just an excuse for some warm-weather pampering. It’s also a way to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin — and make a post-summer plan with your esti for future treatments. Your Viva skin care expert can even help you prep for skin-triggering events like vacations. (A full week of margaritas, sun exposure, and indulgent meals? Great for the soul, but not so great for your skin). And we’ll help you plan ahead for more intensive treatments, like microneedling and deep pore cleansing, which are better saved for the fall.
Basically, summer skin care is all about fighting the elements and beating the sun at its game — while making sure you can enjoy that beach vacay you’ve been looking forward to. But you don’t have to do it alone. Our estis will help you beat the heat with a personalized treatment plan built just for your beautiful face. In fact, we offer several custom facial services perfect for the hot days ahead:
Organic Summer Facial Package
In our eyes, everyone is a natural beauty. But sometimes it just feels right to indulge in the more natural side of skincare. Our favorite summer facial in Austin (if we do say so ourselves) is our Organic Summer Facial Package, which will strip away the toxins and impurities to infuse your skin with a radiant glow from the inside out. Featuring products from our award winning Eminence Organics line, this facial package includes:
- One-Hour Custom Organic Facial with Blueberry Detox Peel
- Emollient Organic Eye Treatment
- Exfoliating Organic Lip Treatment
- Hand Hydration Treatment
- Neck, Shoulder, and Arm Massage with Oh So Coconut-Vanilla Body Lotion
- Take-Home Gift Bag
- Served with Moroccan Mint Tea
Viva Custom Designer Facial
You can’t get better than a facial package built just for you. Our estis will give you a full facial analysis and develop and skin care plan to target problem areas, like acne, uneven texture, lines and wrinkles. Then we’ll attack them with a unique blend of cleansers, masks and serums that are just right for your skin type. To top it all off, we include steam, exfoliation, extractions, hydration, sun protection and a relaxing arm, neck and shoulder massage. Can you think of a better way to beat the heat than a day of pampering at the spa than the Viva Custom Designer Facial? This custom package includes:
- 60 Minute Custom Designer Facial
- Expert Skin Analysis
- Warm Neck Pillow
- Relaxing Arm, Neck and Shoulder Massage
This treatment has us so hyped, and for good reason: it’s a gentler alternative to microdermabrasion with results that really go the distance. Our estis can customize your HydraFacial to address all kinds of skin issues, extracting impurities, applying targeted serums and deep hydration to get you ready for all those vacation selfies! HydraFacial treatments come with:
- Cleansing and exfoliation to remove dead skin cells
- Gentle superficial peel (glycolic and salicylic acids) to loosen dirt and debris from pores
- Painless, automated extractions via vortex suction
- Hydration with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to nourish and protect
- HydraFacial daily essentials to help maintain and protect your results
Our Deluxe HydraFacial takes things to the next level with detoxifying lymphatic drainage, LED light therapy for acne and wrinkles and your choice of DermaBuilder to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or Britenol to minimize the appearance of dark spots.
Still not enough facial for you? Kick it up a notch with our Platinum HydraFacial, with beauty-boosting lip treatment to exfoliate, hydrate and plump and soothing eye treatment to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Don’t wait for a special occasion — or season — to treat yourself to a relaxing and nurturing treat. Self-care is a form of healthcare, and you deserve to look and feel your best, always. Come visit us at any of the three Viva Day Spa locations. Book your appointment online today!