Gearing up for your summer holidays? It’s time to prep your skin to protect it from the sun, maintain hydration and ensure a glowing complexion.
Start with a Consistent Skincare Routine: Cleanse your face twice daily to remove dirt, oil and impurities. Follow with a toner to balance the skin’s pH levels and prepare it for the next steps. Then use a lightweight moisturiser suited for your skin type to maintain hydration and create a protective barrier.
Exfoliate for freshness: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells to reveal a fresh, radiant complexion. Choose a gentle scrub and massage onto your skin in circular motions, focusing on areas prone to dryness. Regular exfoliation helps improve skin texture, prevents clogged pores and allows other skincare products to penetrate more effectively. Try Kate Somerville Exfolikate intensive exfoliating treatment, from Selfridges, It’s clinically proven to improve texture, pores and fine lines from the comfort of your own home.
Hydrate and Nourish Your Skin: Keeping your skin hydrated is key, especially during the summer when sun exposure and heat can lead to dryness. Incorporate a sheet mask into your routine once or twice a week boost moisture levels. Look for one containing hyaluronic acid, aloe vera or ceramides for intense hydration. We love Starskin Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Face Mask, from Harvey Nichols. It’s formulated with naturally fermented, vitamin-rich coconut juice, it hydrates and conditions the skin without irritation.
Protect Your Skin with SPF: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 every day, even if you’re not spending much time outdoors. Don’t forget to cover all exposed areas and reapply every two hours. Choose L’Oréal Revitalift Clinical SPF50+ Invisible Fluid, from Boots, with daily broad-spectrum filters to provide both long UVA & very high SPF50+ protection. It also helps against signs of ageing induced by UV, including dark spots, fine lines and uneven tone.
Boost Your Antioxidant Intake: Antioxidants play a vital role in protecting your skin from free radicals and environmental damage. Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your diet to support healthy skin. Go for colourful fruits and vegetables – like berries, citrus fruits, spinach and tomatoes – which are packed with vitamins A, C, and E.
Stay Hydrated from Within: Proper hydration is essential for maintaining healthy complexion. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and plump. Aim for at least eight glasses daily, and more if you’re spending time in the sun or engaging in physical activities. Hydrating from within helps flush out toxins and promotes a clear and glowing complexion.