As the warm summer sun means the onslaught of festivals, beer gardens and barbeques, it's essential to adapt our skincare routine to ensure a healthy and radiant complexion. In this blog post, we'll cover the six most indispensable skincare tips to help you achieve that coveted summer glow. From sun protection to repairing sun damage, we've got you covered:
When it comes to sun protection, there's one golden rule: never leave home without SPF. Applying sunscreen daily is crucial to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, and is the most fundamental way of preventing sun damage. The Skin Experts recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. If you’re prone to forgetting, try a daily moisturiser that’s formulated with SPF. Remember to reapply every two hours, especially if you're spending extended periods outdoors or swimming. Consistency in sun protection is the key to preventing premature ageing and maintaining a youthful glow.
Exfoliation is a vital step in any skincare routine, especially during the summer. Regularly removing dead skin cells helps unclog pores and promotes a smoother, more radiant complexion. Opt for a gentle exfoliator that suits your skin type and use it 2-3 times a week. However, be cautious not to over-exfoliate which can damage the skin barrier and lead to sensitivity and irritation. Try incorporating chemical exfoliants with ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) into your routine for effective yet gentle chemical exfoliation that dissolves the bonds between dead skin cells to gently lift them away.
Summer often means increased exposure to sweat, dirt and excess oil, making a thorough cleanse essential. Double cleansing is a technique that typically involves using an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, sunscreen and impurities, followed by a water-based cleanser to cleanse the skin deeply. This method ensures a clean canvas for your other skincare products to penetrate the skin effectively. Incorporating double cleansing into your routine can help maintain a healthy complexion and prevent breakouts.
In the pursuit of a summer glow, consider swapping heavy foundations for lightweight, mineral-based makeup products. Mineral makeup offers breathable coverage and is less likely to clog pores, making it perfect for warm weather. Non-comedogenic and oil-free makeup is best at preventing potential skin congestion—cue Synergie Minerals. A cosmeceutical mineral makeup range formulated to benefit your skin, Synergie Minerals use high-grade zinc oxide and titanium dioxide minerals to offer superior quality, broad-spectrum UV and Infrared sun protection for all skin exposed to the environment. By opting for mineral makeup, you can achieve a natural, radiant look while allowing your skin to breathe.
Effective hydration is essential for maintaining healthy, supple and glowing skin year-round, and it becomes even more important during the summer months. Increased sun exposure and outdoor activities can increase transepidermal water loss (TEWL), which depletes moisture from your skin and leads to dryness and dullness. Combat this by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and incorporating a hydrating serum or moisturiser into your skincare routine. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and peptides, which help replenish and lock in moisture.
Repair Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation
Even with diligent sun protection, our skin may still experience sun damage and hyperpigmentation. To repair and fade these effects, incorporate targeted skincare products into your routine. Look for ingredients like vitamin C, niacinamide or retinol, known for their brightening and rejuvenating properties. Additionally, professional treatments such as chemical peels or laser therapy can effectively address sun damage and hyperpigmentation. And remember to persist with sunscreen—especially when using retinol at night. Medik8’s CSA Kits are a great place to start if you’re looking for a routine to brighten, protect and smooth.
Summer is the perfect time to embrace a glowing, healthy complexion. By following these six skincare tips, you can enjoy the sunshine whilst knowing that your skin is getting the nourishment and protection it needs.