Summer skin means glowing, sun-kissed complexion so that calls for a warm-weather switch up in daily skincare routines. Geared towards UV-protection and post-sun hydration, the new season requires a beauty arsenal loaded with restorative summer-ready ingredients.
Let’s start this conversation off with the topic of SPF, because we already know those UVA/UVB rays are going to be changing they way we pretty much do everything. So, to be blunt, use it!
But a good SPF isn’t the only thing you need to look for—you need to make sure that your sunscreen of choice offers broad spectrum protection. This means it’s going to protect you from both UVB rays (which cause burning) and the deeper-penetrating UVA rays (which cause premature aging, fine lines, and can cause skin cancer). Reach for a sunscreen like La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Suncreen Fluid that blocks both UVA/UVB rays, and go for physical sunscreens if you’re sensitive to chemicals.
Don’t be deterred by its name; hyaluronic acid (HA) is not a resurfacing acid, it is a summer skin saviour and critical in maintaining skin hydration. Technically speaking it is a glycosaminoglycan, our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid in a bid to maintain moisture levels—a natural moisture magnet.
Summer equals high temperatures and ACs blasting resulting in dehydrated skin, accentuating fine lines and wrinkles. Skin moisture naturally drops with age as our cell turnover begins to slow, however summer means greater exposure to UV, causing hydration levels to be further degraded by free radical mechanisms. So, to combat parched summer skin, give your skin a plumping pick-me-up with a serum or moisturiser, like Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion rich in hyaluronic acid. Boasting impressive water-retention properties, the hydration hero works wonders on all skin types, rebooting tired skin and helping maintain your complexion’s youthful glow.
While we are well acquainted with the glow-worthy benefits of vitamin C, vitamin B3—also known as niacinamide—is another supercharged skin enhancer. Helping to repair and defend the skin against sun damage, vitamin B3 promotes collagen production, smoothing lines and plumping the skin as it works to improve its natural barrier function.
The skin barrier (or lipid barrier) is made up of fats that bind skin cells together and when compromised, ceramides within the barrier breakdown leading to stressed and sensitive skin, which, if left untreated, can speed-up the ageing process. Some of the the culprits associated with the breakdown of the skin barrier are over-cleansing and UV exposure both stripping the skin of its protective oils.
Boosting cellular energy and reducing the damaging effects of sun-induced UV rays, vitamin B3 has been clinically proven to preserve hydration and prevent the transfer of pigment within the skin. Add some vitamin-B to your skincare regimen today, both DermaQuest Advanced Therapy B3 Youth Serum and The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% are fantastic.
If you are prone to skin spots or are serious about anti-ageing, you’ll already have vitamin A ( a stabilised retinol) incorporated into your skincare routine. Its complexion-perfecting properties make it the single most applauded ingredient in the industry! Topical vitamin A stimulates cell growth and turnover, thickening the dermis for plumper, younger skin. So, using it solidly throughout the summer months will mean continued production of skin’s natural collagen and a reduction in visible sun damage and fine lines.
Vitamin A products are best applied in the evenings prior to moisturising as they often make skin photosensitive, so ensure you follow your morning application with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Obagi OBAGI360 Retinol 1.0 will promote cell turnover and leave skin smooth and exfoliated.
Change up your shades, coverage and textures for summer! It’s annoying but true: as your skin gets that pretty, sun-kissed glow, you may need a different shade of foundation and concealer to accommodate changes between your winter and summer colouring.
We love BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser Gel, which comes in a variety of shades and has an SPF of 30.
Pick a stain! In summer, lip stains are the way to go: they don’t feel heavy on your lips and won’t roll off with sweat. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain for that “just jumped out of the pool” lip look, in addition to keeping your pout hydrated for up to 10 hours, and comes in really fun, eye-catching shades.
Get beachy! But, if the sea is nowhere to be found, then get the look for yourself at home sans surf with an oil-infused salt spray (we’re partial to Evo Salty Dog Salt Spray) that won’t dry hair out.
Clarify! Indulge in a clarifying shampoo, like Davines Clarifying Solution Shampoo and a UV ray protectant spray, Decleor Aroma Sun Expert Summer Oil For Body & Hair SPF 30 is great. Not only blondes have to worry about chlorine, salt, and sun going to town on hair colour.