Skincare is an important daily regimen you shouldn’t skip everyday no matter the season. We are gradually going into the Summer season or what we call “rainy season”, and there are some changes that we need to make in our skincare program, to help our skin better adapt to the climate and environmental differences this season brings.
Amanda Elias, beauty expert and founder of Bravura London shares her 7 top Summer skincare secrets.
1 –Â The first thing you want to think about isÂ sun protection;Â the sun is the main cause of premature ageing which can leave your skin dull, dry, wrinkled and with hyperpigmentation (brown spots). Protect all exposed skin with a broad spectrum SPF (protects against both UVA & UVB) of at least 30, preferably a mineral SPF which acts as a sunblock to instantly block the sunâ€™s rays. Look for a product thatâ€™s waterproof and donâ€™t forget your lips, ears and the back of your neck. Re-apply frequently.
2 –Â You may know aboutÂ cleansing, exfoliating and moisturisingÂ your face but do you spend as much TLC on your body? Ensure you exfoliate at least twice a week and if possible, slather yourself daily (after your shower) in your favourite body lotion.
3 –Â Do you find your skin flushes when you get hot? Keep a refreshing water spray or toner spray at hand to spritz your face and neck when you feel yourself overheating
4 –Â Avoid wearingÂ perfumesÂ on your skin; when the sun hits the areas of skin that contain perfumes it can cause irritation. Fragrance your hair by spraying your hairbrush then brush through your locks, every time you swish your hair youâ€™ll be surrounded by a beautiful fragrance.
5 –Â Sun and lip gloss arenâ€™t a good combination, remember the days of people baking in the sun covered in baby oil? Same thing. Get yourself a good lip balm that contains an SPF, you can get plenty that have colour or line your lips with a lip pencil then top with a clear SPF balm.
6 –Â Parched skinÂ after too much alcohol and sun? Intensely nourish your skin with an oil such as jojoba oil, this non-comedogenic (wonâ€™t block your pores) oil is more of a wax and is close to your skinâ€™s natural oil. For sun burnt skin, help the healing process with pure aloe vera gel and apply 3-4 times a day.
7 –Â Donâ€™t forget toÂ hydrateÂ yourself, to keep your body functioning properly and to aid in the removal of toxins from our body it needs to be well hydrated so be sure to drink 2-3 litres of liquid (sadly this doesnâ€™t include dehydrating substances such as cocktails and coffee) per day.