During the winter indoor heating and dry air means the skin needs more hydrating products and thicker moisturisers, but now that summer is on the way we might notice our skin is asking us for a little change.
With the upcoming warmer days (hopefully!) we need to adjust our skincare routine to the new challenges that summer creates.
It is important to change our skincare routine as we move through the seasons, and for summer this means adjusting to the extra heat and humidity that this time of year brings.
Bright Summer Mornings
Not only is it lighter for longer, but the sun is also stronger during the summer months.Daily sun protection is a must all year round and in summer it is essential.
Dermatologists advise using an SPF of 50 or over to provide an adequate level of protection for the skin and therefore reduce the damage that the sun can cause. Reapply it every two hours throughout the day or as often as needed.
Protecting yourself from the sun is one of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing premature ageing of the skin, but unfortunately most people do not act until the damage is done. Getting into the habit of applying SPF daily will pay dividends in years to come.
Depending on your skin type, using a good SPF in your morning routine might be enough because this can also moisturise at the same time as protecting.
Light, non-greasy and non-sticky for an even application. Long-lasting UV protection with ingredients which includes:
- Dwarf ground sedge extract & Sunflower seeds for UV protection
- Acai berry & Acerola to reinforce skin vitality
- Portulaca oleracea, Centella Asiatica, & Mistletoe leaves to relax skin
- Aloe Vera, Cactus, & Hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin
But what if your skin is feeling a bit dryer, or you simply want to give it a quick moisture boost? In that case we can apply a serum before the sunscreen. This will revitalise the skin and give it a fuller look for the upcoming day.
COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream 100ml - Awakens the complexion with a healthy, glowing look. Formulated with vitamin-infused capsules replenishes skin with refreshing moisture and the look of vitality.
When The Sun Has Gone Down
At the end of a hot summer's day our skin will usually be tired and dry. The water base and light texture of a toner will allow your skin to absorb it quickly. Including a toner in your night routine will refresh your skin while giving deep hydration.
Laneige Cream Skin Cerapeptide Refiner 150ml - The prefect combination of toner and moisturiser, with added Peptides and Ceramide. The lightweight formula is perfect for the summer, leaving skin refreshed and mositurised.
After a long day of sun exposure your skin will need refreshing and calming. Sun damage does not just occur when your skin is directly exposed to the sun's rays. Depending on your skin type, UV damage starts to become harmful after about 10 minutes even out of direct sunlight.
Products with Centella Asiatica extract are the best option to soothe damaged skin. The ingredient has been used for centuries and is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits to gently repair and protect the skin.
This gel features a high concentration of Centella Asiatica that easily adheres to the skin so that it can get to work fast.
Oil production increases during the warm months so that thick winter moisturiser we've been using during the cold season is probably now too much for the skin.
Light-weight moisturising will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, and they are quickly absorbed by the skin.
Lazy Summer Days
We all like to relax more in the summer, so why not include a water essence sheet mask between the toner and the serum? This step will replenish your skin, plus sheet masks are the perfect indulgence for a lazy summer afternoon.
Green tea is a popular and versatile skincare ingredient renowned for its anti-oxidant properties, while Vitamin C helps strengthen and regenerate skin.
Remember to drink more water, the summer heat can dehydrate you and it will reflect in the appearance of your skin. And of course - enjoy the summer!
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