Sun, sand and sea – three reasons to love the summer. Dehydration, sunburn and premature ageing – three summer woes which can easily be avoided.
In this blog, we’ve shared some of our top skincare tips to get you and your skin through the summer months in tip top shape… without having to wave good riddance to those rays.
1. SPF – buzzword (or buzz-abbreviation) of the century.
By now, we’re all aware that regularly applying SPF (sun protection factor), especially throughout the summer months, helps to protect our skin against the damaging effects of the sun, consequently preventing premature ageing.
Sadly, too many of us think applying a moisturiser, BB or CC cream which includes SPF in the morning will see us through the day, but as with all SPF infused products, multiple applications are required throughout the day for effective sun protection.
Our advice? Avoid direct contact with the sun as much as possible on days when you can only apply your chosen SPF once. Otherwise, opt for a more natural look (foundation and heavy face products aside) and reapply SPF throughout the day. Ensure a strong enough protection is applied dependant on the weather conditions – e.g. a SPF15 might protect your skin in the winter, but it isn’t going to provide complete protection in summer.
2. Exfoliation – the key to new skin cell regeneration.
There’s no denying the damage sun exposure can play on the skin; regardless of the skin type, the complexion can be left dry, flaky and patchy.
To prevent this, it’s vital to exfoliate 1-2 times a week – after all, the skin regularly sheds cells throughout the day, so buffing these away and resurfacing the skin is the key to a smoother and more even complexion.
Our advice? The obvious form of exfoliation is a face scrub, but if you’re skin is sun damaged, avoid a heavy-duty scrub with large granules, as they can scratch at the skin and cause increased sensitivity. Instead, why not opt for a gentler alternative, like a Micro Polish Wash?
Other forms of exfoliation include products which include AHAs and a BHA (as these acids act as natural exfoliators) and deep cleansing face masks.
3. Chill – not you, your skin.
If your skin is dry and/or encounters sensitivity, it’s important to keep it cool in hot conditions; this is because overexposure to direct sunlight can dilate blood vessels, which increases the risk of a flare up of skin conditions like Rosacea and Eczema.
Our advice? Make sure skin is regularly moisturised, opt for sensitive skincare products, stay in the shade as much as possible, keep hydrated and have a facial mist at-hand to cool-off (luckily, we’ve just launched a Soothing Facial Mist for dry skin) when the temperate becomes too much for you and your skin to handle.
4. Antioxidants – prepare your skin from the inside-out.
It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy, balanced diet helps to keep our skin in great condition. In fact, maintaining an antioxidant-rich diet can reduce inflammation in the skin caused by over sun exposure (note: this isn’t a substitute for sun protection).
Sustaining a varied diet of antioxidant-rich, inflammatory foods before braving the sun will help to further reduce damage.
Our advice? Integrate at least 4-5 antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients (e.g. green tea, broccoli, celery, blueberries (a top choice), fresh pineapple and coconut oil) into your daily diet for at least a week before you hit the sun, whether you choose to add them to your meals, introduce them to your lunchbox as a snack or consume in liquid smoothie form.
5. Moisturise – but opt for oil-free products.
Applying oil-based products might seem like the obvious choice to keep skin hydrated throughout the summer months (especially for dry skin types), however, it can increase the clogging of pores at the surface of the skin, as sebum production increases when climates change.
Our advice? Using an oil-free serum and moisturiser can really help the skin to breathe throughout the hotter months. Reach for an oil-free choice with super-charged ingredients to give your skin the moisture boost it deserves without increasing oils on the surface of the skin.
Our Glow Boost Skin Serum and Sleep & Reveal Night Cream are both oil-free and have been formulated with brightening Vitamin C, alongside a selection of hydrating ingredients (e.g. Hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter), to ensure your skin is quenched and glowy.
6. Less makeup – it’s time to reconsider your makeup bag.
Do you really need a heavy-duty powder throughout the summer months? Perhaps you consider a volumising mascara an ‘essential’ for your summer break?
Our advice? When the weather is hot and humidity rises, we’re firm believers in the bare minimum – that means minimal effort and minimal makeup. After all, less really is more sometimes.
It’s time to give your lashes a break by opting for a clear mascara or getting them tinted, and to replace the touch-up powder in your bag with blotting sheets.