When it comes to summer skin, it's not what you do but the way that you do it. Here are the top expert tips on what to introduce, what to avoid and the changes you need to plan for with your sun-exposed complexion!
Summer skincare needs to work a whole lot harder. If your skin is suffering in the hotter months, here are some tips from Dr. Spiller’s Skincare Expert Celebrity facialist Sue Dann.
“Inflammation caused by UVA and UVB creates free radicals in the skin which cause a breakdown of collagen and elastin,” she explains. The visible redness that occurs on the skin is a warning sign of damage occurring. Even indoors, hot, dry air can irritate your skin causing roughness and tightness. The compromised complexion then inhibits your skin’s ability to protect itself against bacteria and water loss.
Here is what you can do to ensure you prevent the damage on your complexion from here on in:
“During the summer months, look for ingredients that target free radicals,” Sue suggests. Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Resveratrol, and Green Tea are particularly useful. And, as within your diet, the greater the mix of antioxidants and nutrients, the more beneficial.
Sue suggests avoiding skincare ingredients that cause inflammation and sensitivity in the skin, including AHA’s and BHA’s and high-level vitamin A. These, break down the skin’s natural barrier if overused. “Always look for a sunscreen with a physical block and not a chemical block,” Sue adds. If you can’t give up your active ingredients, simply pop them away for rainy (and cloudy) days.
“Peptides are an ingredient to look for to counteract sensitivity, Sue advises. “They are naturally occurring in the skin and signal the formation of collagen” Sue goes on to explain that Zinc – used as a physical block in many sunscreens – is also known to protect the skin against the sun and also the lipids and fibroblasts, which help support skin’s structure.
Green tea, low-level Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are the best-known antioxidants readily available to benefit sun-zapped skin, explains Sue.
“Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant that is found in the skin, an ingredient that holds up to 1000 times its weight in water,” she says. “When your skin is stripped and sensitised, it loses its ability to hold the amount of water it needs to be healthy. Using hyaluronic acid will help the skin to normalise and get its glow back.”
Once summer is over, the wash-up can be a worry. Pigmentation and hydration have hit the high road during December, January, and February, so ensuing seasons are the time to work on the skincare TLC. “Maintain your natural barrier by using a biomimetic moisturiser that replaces the oil it needs to protect you,” Sue suggests. Extending this into your cosmetics is also a smart move, as you are then never without these essential ingredients, and skin also remains protected with sunscreen all year around.
Do you switch up your skincare routine in summer? What are your tricks and tips? We’d love to hear!