Ahh summer. The 3 months of the year Edmontonians spend the other 9 months waiting for. We’re changing up the obvious things like our wardrobes (goodbye layers!) and our weekend plans (hello picnics!) for the coming months, but we also need to consider changes to our beauty routines. When it comes to skincare, in the winter we are focused on fighting off the dryness of our Alberta climate, but summer is all about sun protection and calming repair.

While using an SPF year-round is encouraged, during these few beautiful months we find ourselves spending lots of time outdoors for BBQs, camping and running in the river valley. We all know sunscreen prevents painful sunburns from a day catching some rays, but in the long term, it keeps your skin young and resilient. You want to find a sunscreen or product with SPF that has both UVA and UVB protection. UVB are typically known as the ‘burning’ rays, and UVA are part of the ‘aging’ ray spectrum, that causes skin to lose elasticity, form dark spots and dry out.

We also want to take care to treat our skin from irritation caused by excess sun, sweat and environmental factors. We need to be mindful of staying hydrated and using products designed to calm the skin and keep refreshed on both the inside and out.

Everyone’s skin is different and no two people are going to have the same routine, so it’s important to find what works best for you. That said, we rounded up the best advice from the team at LUX and selected our top 10 tips for summer skincare that will help make everyone’s skin a little happier this season.