Summer is when we enjoy longer days and shorter sleeves… but what about our beauty routines? Shake off the thick creams and salves of winter and step into a new skin care and beauty routine fit for summer!

Skin Care

Winters in Calgary are dry, cold and windy which can really affect your skin. While summers can also be dry, you should enjoy lighter products to nourish your face and body. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite products to try.

Neal’s Yard Remedies is known for their belief that beauty should be natural, not synthetic. With almost 40 years in business, they have crafted some wonderful beauty products that are effective and make for super cute #shelfies. Lighten up your summertime skin care routine with gentle and effective cleansers like the Rose Facial Wash or the gentle Calendula Cleanser. Afterwards, make sure you moisturize with Soothing Starflower Daily Moisturizer or the Nourishing Orange Flower Daily Moisturizer.

Of course, the most important step of any skin care routine is SPF! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86% of melanoma skin cancers are caused by UV radiation form the sun. Make sure you apply high SPF to your body and face before hitting up Lilac Fest, your neighbour’s BBQ or any other outdoor summer activities.

Beauty

Having a no-fuss beauty routine is ideal. You can sleep in a bit longer and enjoy more of your mornings all summer long! If you’re feeling adventurous, and don’t mind something more permanent, our friends at The Brow Studio offer tailor-made brows designed for each unique client’s face, routine and budget.

Not feeling the permanent make up this summer? An update to your hairdo can be an easy way to transform your beauty routine this summer. If you have wild, long locks, a trim or a bold undercut can lighten your locks for a cool and breezy summer. Give the stylists at Colors Hair Studio a try! Their expert team of colourists and stylists will have you walking down 4th Street like it’s your own personal runway!

Make Up

Banish your winter make up and make room for bright, summery colours! Wearing a heavy face in summer, while totally cool, can feel a bit stuffy. Plus, who wants to worry about sweat ruining your perfectly contoured face!? Switch out dark wintery mascara for extensions, courtesy Butter Beauty Parlour. You can enjoy a pedicure or manicure at the same appointment!

If that’s not your thing, bare your face au naturale with frilly lily where you can wax any facial hair you don’t love and update your jewelry collection at the same time! Their whimsical boutique is the perfect place to explore new bath and body products and techniques such as permanent make up (hello, never screwing up winged eyeliner again!).

Whether you spend a lot of time beautifying, or just a little, there’s plenty to inspire your routine on 4th Street: One street, a thousand avenues. If you need some wardrobe inspiration for summer, make sure you check out our blog Fashionable on Fourth Street.

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