Skin is always exposed to an ever-changing set of environmental conditions switching between the icy outdoor winter to the hot summer, air conditioning and heating so its constantly trying to adapt to its surroundings. So, it’s no wonder this wreaks havoc on the skin’s natural barrier, allowing for moisture to get out and irritants, pollution to get in. Skin is then left dry, tight and sensitive. Incorporate a rich hydrating mask into your skincare routine to help bring back some moisture. Use weekly and don’t forget to use a serum underneath your daily moisturiser for an ultra-nourishing hydration hit that will leave skin glowing and soft.
While your skin may feel nice and dewy in summer it can lead to more breakouts than usual. The heat combined with layers of sunscreen can clog the pores leading to spots. Regular exfoliation should be hard coded into your skincare routine year-round but even more so in summer. By exfoliating away the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface it will help to unclog pores, get rid of excess oil and allow for your products to soak into the skin better. Look for fine grained scrubs with natural ingredients such as sea salts that won’t strip the skin. Follow with a lighter moisturiser and sunscreen or hydrating serum to avoid clogged pores.
There’s a lot that can lead to a dull complexion, insufficient sleep, inadequate water intake, a poor diet, hormonal changes and the weather. While you can’t change the weather, you can fix your lifestyle if it isn’t totally on track, and you can protect your skin. For a start, up your intake of antioxidants (naturally occurring vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C and E) in the form of moisturisers and serums as these can help to soothe, brighten and moisturise dull and crepey skin tones. Look for ‘brightening’ cleansers, toners and moisturisers.
Flaring up in times of high humidity and heat, brown spots and pigmentation will become more prominent in summer, even if you do cover up with hats and wear a high SPF. Tell-tale signs are sunspots, broken capillaries and delicate skin. While pigmentation takes time to disappear and sometimes in-clinic treatments such a medical needling procedures and laser treatments are the only way to effectively make it disappear, using a serum containing retinol or one specific to reducing pigmentation will help fade the brown marks. Always wear a high SPF 50 whenever outdoors in the summer and look for tinted moisturisers and foundation that contain sunscreen that will protect from UVA and UVB rays.
INCORPORATE A RICH HYDRATING MASK INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE TO HELP BRING BACK SOME MOISTURE.
However, tempting it may be to treat ourselves to long hot showers baths and saunas not to mention beach time in summer, overexposure to heat will likely cause redness on the skin and cause eczema patches to flare up. This is a result of the dehydrating of skin cells. Try to keep your skin hydrated as much as possible. Use a moisturiser specifically for sensitive, red skin which is free of irritants and chemicals, and always have a nutrient rich lip balm and face mist in your handbag to keep skin calm and cool during those hot summer days.