Shelly is an Esthetician and JR Spa Educator at our Mayfield Heights and Strongsville locations. She moved from the medical sector into the skincare field 4 years ago and it has been a perfect match ever since. She is incredibly knowledgeable about Aveda Skin Care and loves to work with the products so much she is always grabbing her JR Team Members to try out new techniques and experiences. We sat down with Shelly to chat about Aveda and Summer Skincare necessities. Read more in our interview below:

What should be our biggest concern for summer skin care?
Our biggest concern for Summer skin care should be protection! SPF needs to be in your daily routine. In the Summer it is especially important as we are spending more time outside! Aveda’s Daily Light Guard defense fluid is my go to! It is a super lightweight, naturally derived, mineral based, and broad spectrum fluid. It is SPF 30 and the broad spectrum means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, which is exactly what you want in your daily SPF. The UVA rays are aging rays and the UVB rays are the ones that burn us, so you can see why it is important to be protected from both! This sheer formula will provide you with all the protection we need!
What do you suggest for skin that gets oily in the summer heat?
I suggest keeping your routine simple so that there aren’t layers sitting on your skin. Always stick with oil-free, non-comedogenic makeup which will help. During the day, when oil slicks creep up, blotting papers can be super helpful. I like them because you can blot the oil without disturbing your makeup. I also like this method because you’re not adding to the already oily build up…some people like to reapply powder, mattifying their complexion…this can be very heavy and uncomfortable in the summer! Stick with the blotting papers!

Another important thing to remember with summer time skin care is to moisturize! So often, women omit their topical hydration during the summer because they think it will make them oily…so untrue! If you deprive your skin of the moisture it needs, your skin may actually over produce oil to compensate.

Lets’s not forget, keeping up with your routine skincare and professional facials are vital during the summer time as well. Facials always help to keep our skin balanced (the key to not becoming too oily) and also help with exfoliating your skin that may become dried out due to sun exposure! Of course, professional extractions will help to keep those pores nice and clear and in the event of a major breakout, utilizing high frequency will help to, literally, zap the bacteria causing you the distress!

What is your favorite makeup look for summer?
My favorite makeup look for summer is dewy, glowing skin! Playing with bronze, champagne and apricot shades can perk up your complexion and fake that sun kissed glow! Skip all the heavy foundation and contouring during the summer heat. Pop on a bright, fun lip and highlight your face where the sun would naturally hit to really perfect the strobing technique!
I am absolutely in love with Aveda’s new Seychelles Sand face accent…it is the perfect champagne highlight that you can use on virtually all skin tones to really brighten up your face and help you to achieve that coveted glow!
Ladies, always remember…there is no replacement for great skin care! The best makeup you can wear is beautifully¬†balanced skin! You want the real you to shine through. If you have great skin, makeup is just an accessory, not a necessity!

How do you determine the best brow shape for my face?
There are so many factors that go into determining the best brow shape for each of my clients. I always ask the shape that they like, but 9/10 times they tell me to do what I think!
I like to follow the natural growth of their brow, following their orbital bone you can never go wrong! If they need a little extra in certain areas, I love to help show guests how they can use a little brow pencil or powder to give them the full, arched look they desire! Understanding someone’s lifestyle is also a big factor for me when reshaping their brows. Are they a busy mom who can barely make it in every 6-8 weeks, or are they a single, young lady who loves a full makeup look complimented by a precise brow? I am going to consider both when giving them their best brow!

If you could only use one skincare product which would it be and why?
If I could only use one skin care product it would be Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant. It is a naturally derived, liquid salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid meaning that it exfoliates INSIDE of the pore, (Alpha Hydroxy Acids Exfoliate on the surface of the skin) to clear out congestion and keep skin clear! I struggle with congestion, mostly white heads (closed comedones) and uneven texture. Using this Exfoliant helps to keep my skin even and clear and congestion to a minimum. Beta Hydroxy Acids also help to increase cell turn over rate, so it can help with superficial discoloration and fine lines. I really like that this product, like all Aveda products, is naturally derived. Aveda sources their Salicylic Acid from willow bark extract…Mother Nature at her finest!

How do I combat dryness in the summer months without feeling weighted down with creams or oils?
It can be hard to combat dryness in the Summer without the feeling of heavy creams and oils. First of all, keeping your skin hydrated from the inside is going to be your #1 option! Drink plenty of good old water and eat hydrating foods like cucumbers during the hot, summer heat. There are also products that are virtually weightless that you can layer for added moisture and hydration! Aveda has a product called Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Treatment Lotion and it is a game changer! Don’t let the name fool you, it is a water like substance that you can dab onto your skin before you apply serums and moisturizer. The Hydrating Treatment Lotion has naturally derived humectants, hyaluronic acid, and a super moisturizing algae blend, providing you with instant and long-lasting hydration. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water! This product also preps and primes your skin for your routine’s next steps! Your expensive serum is going to be better absorbed and utilized when using Hydrating Treatment Lotion!

What is one Aveda product you always have in your purse, car, or bag?
There are actually two Aveda products I can never leave home without. Lip saver and Hand Relief! I have one of each in my everyday purse, in the console of my car and in my work tote that is usually with me! The lip saver is highly moisturizing without any sticky feeling, is super long lasting and has the slightest bit of cinnamon leaf, clove and anise to refresh! The Hand Relief has a wonderfully light citrus aroma and the fruit acids within the formula help to gently exfoliate my hands all while it is moisturizing! Win, Win!

Shelly is available at our Mayfield Heights Spa on Mondays, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and at our Strongsville Location on Thursdays. She specializes in skin care facials, waxing, and makeup experiences.