Updated: Jul 8, 2019
Hello all and welcome to my first blog on the Skintel website! In this blog we will be discussing summer skin care products to keep your skin glowing throughout the summer months.
So we haven’t had the best weather as of yet in England however, it’s definitely coming (maybe) and if any of you are going away on holiday, this will be a great read to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh, as often sun tan lotions mixed with increased sweating can leave your skin breaking out and turning dull.
When choosing your summer cleanser there are usually two options to go with: 1 does your skin naturally get oilier in the summer months 2 does it get dryer in the summer months? Once you have worked out which you are (most people get increasingly oiler due to perspiring and your skins own natural defence mechanisms) you can select a cleanser to suit your skins needs. Oily people go for a cleanser with a salicylic acid in, this will help with oil control without stripping the skin. Dry people go for a gentle/sensitive cleanser with a hyaluronic acid to help keep your skin hydrated.
If you are particularly dry in the summer months it would be best to use a gritty exfoliator in the summer with little or no AHA/BHA’s in due to them making you more sensitive to the sun as well as potentially being too harsh on your already drying skin. If you are oiler I would again go for a gritty exfoliator as you can use oil control in your cleansing step or even add in an extra step a couple of times a week and use a treatment pad (like Dermaquests control pads) containing glycolic or salicylic acid in to help reduce and control breakouts, these will also help the texture of your skin to become a lot smoother.
When it comes to your serums and moisturisers I like to keep it light in the summer months because I find thicker creams can make me feel oily or make my face sweat (my boyfriends a lucky man!), however you can still use you thick creams if you wish there is no rule to summer moisturisers! The only thing you need to take into consideration is the type of active ingredient within in your skincare.
One of my all-time favourites (as you all know) is Vitamin C especially in the summer months, because it actually acts as a photo protector for your skin so it gives you an extra level of protection from the sun. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear SPF though its not that kind of protection. Other benefits include; helping to break down pigmentation, antioxidant and fighting free radical damage, stimulating collagen and elastin, increasing cellular turnover to improve skin tone and texture.
Many people think you shouldn’t use AHA’s and BHA’s during the summer months but that’s not strictly true, you can carry on using all of your stronger products as long as your SPF protection is up to scratch. If you aren’t going to bother putting on the correct SPF then please please please DO NOT use your retinols, glycolic acids, salicylic acids, kojic acid, Azelac acid etc etc because they make your skin more sensitive in the sun and therefore can cause an adverse reaction to the sun (such as pigmentation).
Your body should also not be neglected throughout the summer! Aloe Vera is very well known for its healing properties this will keep your skin cool and help to repair damage caused by the sun (such as sun burn). Look out for moisturisers with Aloe, Hyaluronic acid, Can also use a body moisturiser with Vitamin C is as the benefits are the same for your face as they are for your body!
You MUST wear SPF every day, even if its cloudy or raining or thunder storming because the harmful rays of the sun will still be penetrating the clouds. My personal favourite brand is Heliocare ( https://www.heliocare.com/ ). They are more expensive than most high street brands and even some clinical brands, but the quality is something else! They have all kinds of shades and consistencies, so you are bound to find one to suit your skin type and colour. The only thing I would say is if you have oily skin avoid SPF’s with silicon in, as this will block the pores and may cause breakouts and blackheads.
I have recently been discussing SPF’s for over your makeup a lot of my story and have discovered cooling mist/setting spray SPF’s, which are perfect for reapplying throughout the day over your makeup. La Roche Posey do one for the bargain price of £14 which is available in boots stores or from their website ( https://www.laroche-posay.co.uk/anthelios-invisible-fresh-mist-spf-50 ) or you can get one from a brand called Coola, which is a tad harder to get hold of in the cloudy lands of England, however I did find it on Cult Beauty for around £35 ( https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/coola-eco-lux-spf-50-unscented-sunscreen-spray.html ).
Please avoid heavy SPFs for your face that are meant for your body, they are not formulated with care for sensitive areas such as the face!
I hope you all enjoyed my summer skincare tips and know a little more of what to look outfit in your skincare, if you have any questions please feel free to get in contact!
Skin tip! When you are travelling (especially on planes) take a hydrating face mask with you and put it on around 1 -2 hours before the end of your journey. This will help to rehydrate your skin by replenishing some hyaluronic acid in your skin cells which will have been being evaporated by the harsh air conditioning of a train or plane. The mask will help to avoid your skin looking dull and feeling dry and tight after your journey.
Lots of Skin Love