Do’s and don’ts during warmer months to keep our skin glowing.
1) Get Light
- The heat and humidity of summer mean skin can become bogged down and congested. Swap heavy cream & oil cleansers for non-foaming and gentle. Moisturising creams can suitability be exchanged for lighter lotions and serums.
2) Avoid layering
- No need to use separate products to target different needs. A moisturiser with higher SPF would be better than using one of each. Applying too much product to the skin can lead to clogged pores, breakouts and inflammation.
3) Incorporate or increase exfoliation
- Over-exfoliating all year round is bad practice. The key is to incorporate exfoliation if not done already or safely increase weekly sessions. This is particularly true of oily skin types where dead skin buildup can increase. AHA and BHA are the most effective exfoliators for home use but it should be noted to opt for acid cleansers as opposed to leave-on products. Chemical exfoliators such as salicylic acid can make the skin more susceptible to the sun and UV rays. Such leave-on skincare should exclusively be used at night during summer.
4) Avoid or reduce these aesthetic skincare treatments
- Light-based treatments and chemical peels. These include IPL photo facials, hair removal and all forms of skin peeling. Laser and IPL increase skin reactivity. Complications are far more likely to occur in warmer months such as burns, scarring, hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Chemical peels resurface the skin. They encourage new, brighter, skin to the surface but the wound healing process can be disrupted by the suns harmful rays. Peels & laser can be safe & effective during summer but we must ensure treatments areas remain covered and we are strict with sun protection. This often means using a higher sun factor than we would in winter.
5) Maintain a healthy skincare routine
- Since we’re cutting back on our skin rejuvenation treatments, summer is the optimal time to build and maintain skincare routines. Identify our skin type and prep for deeper aesthetic treatments during cooler months. We should be using cleansers, exfoliators, toners, serums and sun protection. One key ingredient for summer is Vitamin C, our antioxidant serum.
6) Home rollering for enhanced product absorption
- Micro-needling is one of the few rejuvenation treatments that doesn’t sensitise the skin to the sun. Home rollering up to 0.25mm for the purpose of product absorption is a great way to enhance skincare and professional treatments at the clinic. If we do this throughout summer our skincare will be boosted and our skin better prepped for deeper needling and our light and peel treatments. Avoid going deeper than 0.25mm and opt for titanium needles with CE marking which indicates health and safety standards.
- Discover toners if not already. They’re light and act as a humectant pulling and drawing water into the skin. Hyaluronic is a key ingredient as is aloe vera which refreshes and re-balances skin while sweeping away surface impurities. See toner for oily skin. We should replenish internally with adequate water intake usually recommended at 2.5l per day.
8) Sun protection
- The most important thing we can do during Spring & Summer is use SPF. Sun damage is the number cause of premature ageing. Harmful UV rays can and will deepen existing concerns of hyperpigmentation. Greater melanin provides greater natural protection however all skin types benefit from sun protection. Chemical sunscreen is easily absorbed, water-resistant and leaves less of a residue. Active ingredients in chemical sunscreens include avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone. Physical sunscreens tend to feel heavy and can be difficult to blend in. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the main active ingredients in physical blocks.
Whether we choose physical or chemical SPF, there are several things we should look for on label and those are:
- SPF of at least 30 or higher during Spring/Summer
- Broad-spectrum (Protects against UVA and UVA)