Top 3 Summer Skin Care Tips From The Experts!

Summer is finally here and it’s all good times ahead! But does your skin agree?

Is it doing some wacky and wild things now that the weather is changing and becoming more hot and humid? Like breaking out into a rash, developing dry patches or becoming an oily mess? I know mine is!

Well I’m here to let you know that you can take control of that beautiful skin of yours again.

I asked three natural nutrition and beauty experts to share their top summer skin care tips with us and I’m going to pass them on to all of you today! I’m so happy and honoured that Joy McCarthy, Julie Clark and Tina Griffin have taken time out of their hectic schedules to reveal these tips just for us. I admire these women for their hard work and influence, helping to introduce and educate others about how to live in a balanced and holistic way.

These lovely and inspiring ladies had plenty to share, so let’s get on with it!

Joyous Health

It’s All About Brushing

Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health is a holistic nutritionist, cookbook writer, blogger, YouTuber, TV personality, professional speaker, faculty member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well and a brand new mom…so in other words, she’s Super Woman. She learned early on in her life, through personal experience, that the path to health is an all-encompassing approach that addresses the root cause of imbalances in the body.

Here’s what she had to share about skin care during warm weather:

“My top tip for summer skin care will get your skin glowing all summer long — dry skin brushing!

I recommend dry skin brushing every single day before you shower because it is incredibly beautifying and invigorating.

How does it work? The coarse bristles of the brush stimulate circulation of the lymphatic system and slough off dead skin cells, both of which enhance detoxification and prevent stagnation of the lymphatic system.

Why do this? The lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues that help the body get rid of toxins and waste. It does not have a pump like the heart for the circulatory system, therefore you must stimulate the lymphatic system to help it work more efficiently. Other ways to stimulate the lymphatic system include jumping on a trampoline and resistance training.

Dry skin brushing is also fantastic for eliminating dry bumpy skin but avoid using it on your face, on any blemishes or cuts and avoid your nipples!

How to do it? Using a natural bristle brush, brush your skin in a circular motion towards your heart. When you brush your breast, brush around your nipple towards your armpit to stimulate lymphatic drainage of the breast tissue. I have a great “how-to” video you can watch here by clicking here — be sure to spend more time where you have lymph nodes including behind your knees, around your naval, inside of your elbows, your breasts, armpits and neck.

If you do this every day, you’ll be glowing in no time!”

Province Apothecary

Less is More

Julie Clark of Province Apothecary became a holistic esthetician and aromatherapist after her own personal struggle with allergies and eczema. The result is a line of small batch, farmer friendly beauty products that she’s created with sustainable raw materials and organic ingredients. She’s also just opened a new store at 1518 Dundas Street West and has an awesome spa in Kensington Market — bonus!

What does Julie think is most important about skin care during the summer months? In short, less is more.

Use less products in the summer.

In Toronto we are lucky to have high levels of humidity that help keep your skin hydrated and happy. This means you don’t need to use as many or as much product. You also don’t need to layer moisturizers and serums, like you do in the winter, or apply weekly hydrating avocado masks.

You can apply a few drops of pure, organic face oil (like our hydrating face serum or custom face serum) with a few drops of water or toner and feel well hydrated. In the morning I generally just apply sunscreen with a drop or two of serum — I have dry skin but you can skip the serum if you have oily skin.

Make sure you cleanse your face nightly — get all the sweat, dirt and pollution off your face before going to sleep, so your skin can breath and repair itself.

If you are very oily in the summer, do a clay mask once or twice a week to help balance your oil production and avoid using soap or anything that foams on your face (this will only cause more oil production.)”

Blitz Facial Bar

What You Rub On Your Face Matters

Blitz Facial Bar is a spa just for your face, brought to you by the popular Body Blitz Spa. Their philosophy: beauty is about a healthy body and balanced lifestyle. Using their own eco-friendly line of products, they offer quick 30 minute facials for all skin types. Boosters are also available, including a vitamin C mask and a spot treatment for acne — at $10 each, how can you resist?

Tina Griffin, resident skin care expert at Blitz, had this to say about summer skin care:

“As we head into the warmer seasons, we naturally change our fashion and beauty routines but we often don’t think about changing our skincare routine. Warmer weather can mean oilier skin, more breakouts and congestion. To help you maintain healthy, clear skin, we’ve put together our top tips for a summer glow.

Lighter Moisturizer

As our natural lipid barrier increases in the summer, changing to a lighter moisturizer such as our Vitamin C serum with 10% L’Ascorbic acid is an essential part of your skin care regime. As our skin produces more oil, our pores can look enlarged and blackheads more evident. Vitamin C is not only a great antioxidant for the skin, protecting it from the free radical damage caused by the suns UVA and UVB rays, but it also minimizes pores, lightens and brightens and prevents future discoloration while controlling oil secretions.


Protect, protect, protect! SPF should be an essential part of your day and should be applied after cleansing and hydrating and before make up application. If you are prone to sensitivity and breakouts, avoid SPF’s with ingredients such as octinoxate as it absorbs into the skin and can cause further irritation. Look for SPF’s containing Zinc and Titanium dioxide as they sit topically on the skin and completely repel UVA and UVB rays from further sun damage and pigmentation. Try our dermatologist recommended Elta MD SPF 40. It is non-comedogenic, oil free, comes tinted or un-tinted and is a great primer under your make up. Remember SPF should be worn all year round for optimal anti-aging protection.


Last but not least, we recommend regular facials to keep your summer glow and prevent breakouts during the summer months. Our Blitz + Glow and Extractor facials are budget friendly and check out our add on boosters to take your facial to a whole new level.

Healthy skin is beautiful skin. Being proactive and looking after your skin on an ongoing basis will help slow down the signs of aging and keep your skin clear, healthy and nourished.

Visit one of our 3 Blitz Facial Bar locations for your complimentary skin consultation with one of our trained medical estheticians.”

What’s your summer skin care routine?

Share your own warm weather skin care tips below — we’d love to hear them!

Originally published at on June 5, 2016.