Summer Skin Essentials
Summer skin is all about achieving that healthy glow, which can be challenging when your skin is hot and sweaty! There’s also the increased potential for sun damage and dehydration from heightened UV radiation and cranking up the air con. Read on for some top summer skin tips from Dermalogica Expert Victoria Evans.
To achieve a healthy glow during the summer months, there are a few things you can focus on in your regimen, namely protection from the sun and increasing hydration and repair.
Healthy skin starts with clean skin. Keep up with your daily double cleansing through the summer. Ideally start with an oil-based cleanser to remove the build up of sweat and other oil soluble debris such as sunscreens and pollutants. This will keep skin clean and clear, allowing you to reduce your makeup and let your natural glow shine through.
Your go to summer skin care product is of course an SPF. At Dermalogica we recommend our clients to wear a broad spectrum SPF30-50, one that defends the skin from both UVB (burning) and UVA (ageing) rays. The trick is to apply enough for full protection so be generous on application. My top pick for an everyday SPF is Prisma Protect SPF30. Suitable for all skin conditions, it’s the ultimate multitasking moisturiser. It contains light-activated, intelligent drone technology to boost skin luminosity plus breakthrough antioxidant technology to protect against pollution.
At Dermalogica we’re dedicated to helping people achieve and maintain healthy skin and when it comes to skin damage, exposure to UV is at the top of the list. UVA and UVB rays are present during daylight hours and both penetrate the skin triggering damage. Whilst UVB - burning rays are at their strongest in the summer months, UVA - ageing rays are present at the same strength from dusk till dawn year-round and can penetrate windows and glass. They cause deep damage to skin cells and structural proteins like collagen.
The bottom line is that exposure to these rays’ cause damage to the skin. Whilst your skin has the ability to repair some of this damage, the damage accumulates over the years resulting in premature ageing. Lines, wrinkles and dark spots become evident and worst-case scenario, this damage may lead to skin cancer development.
We’re proud at Dermalogica to partner with skin cancer charity SKCIN https://www.skcin.org/ to help raise awareness of skin cancer through education, promoting prevention and early detection.
Another way to defend your skin during the summer is to include an advanced pigment fighting serum. UV radiation is the top trigger for hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone. PowerBright Dark Spot Serum is formulated with high-tech ingredients such as Niacinamide and Hexylresorcinol that work together to reduce excess pigment in the skin; Shiitake Mushroom, Blackcurrant Oil and Peony Flower help brighten the skin and skin shielding actives protect against pollution-induced dark spots. This creamy serum feels incredibly hydrating on the skin and begins to balance the appearance of uneven pigmentation within days. Use one pump on clean skin underneath your SPF moisturiser.
My final tip would be to help your skin recover from any damage caused during the day. Your skin is very active at night and is busy repairing and renewing. Give it a helping hand with Sound Sleep Cocoon. This revitalising treatment gel-cream transforms skin overnight by optimising night-time skin recovery. Encapsulated, motion-activated French Lavender essential oil, along with calming Sandalwood and Patchouli, soothe the senses with aromatherapy to help promote deep, restful sleep for healthier-looking skin. Persian Silk Tree Extract reduces signs of skin fatigue and restores vitality while Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract provides visibly radiant skin by morning.