Skin Protection For Summer

3 Steps To Prepare and Protect Your Skin In Summer Sun

Step One: Prepare

In summer it’s ideal to switch up your skincare and makeup regime to incorporate products containing lightweight ingredients that provide a breathable barrier and help hydrate your skin. Look for silicones, squalane, and glycerin, and “double duty” products like BB creams. Products that work as moisturisers, foundation, and SPF all in one are useful for summer skincare routines. To prepare your skin for the heat, use an oil-absorbing clay mask once a week followed by a hydrating moisturiser.

In summer I change up my skincare routine, switching my primer out for tinted sunscreen, Tropic Skincare Tinted Skin Shade Facial Sun Protection. I go very light with make-up when it’s hot and rely on skincare to allow my complexion to shine. Using the Tinted Sun protection adds a glow to my complexion, blurring and smoothing the surface of my skin meaning I can go makeup free whenever I feel like it; and if I’m nervous about getting my pasty legs out, I apply Summer Goddess Body Oil.

Step Two: Protect

It’s crucial to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and always use sun protection. During summertime, stay out of direct sunlight especially during the hottest part of the day to prevent burning, red or irritated skin. The sun can damage your skin without burning or even turning it red so everyone should be using sunscreen daily. Apply SPF - Sun Protection Factor - to prevent UVB - Ultraviolet B - which burns the superficial layers of your skin, and reapply every two hours. Switch up your routine to reflect the temperature; change to lighter beauty products that are water based and allow you to reapply sunscreen regularly.

I have very fair skin so I like to make sure I cover up and protect it as much as possible from the summer sun. I tend to wear maxi dresses, loose tops and skirts and regularly reapply sun protection with SPF 50. It’s important that whatever sun protection I use I can easily reapply throughout the day. The Tropic Skin Shade Mineral Sun Protection is tinted and doesn’t leave a white cast, and I use the Sun Balm to protect sensitive skin prone to burning.

Step Three| Treat

The heat and humidity of summer can cause trouble with your complexion. The build up of sweat and SPF can trap dead skin cells making exfoliation a key step in any summer skincare routine. Over exfoliating will exacerbate dryness so keep treatment regular but light. Introduce exfoliation two to three times a week using a tool with gentle bristles or an exfoliating scrub or soap. For your face, try a product containing glycol acid, which will safely remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. Weekly exfoliation and daily moisturising will keep your skin looking and feeling its best in summer.

I prefer to use an extra gentle exfoliator for my face in the mornings and I typically use Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator. It’s a manual exfoliator that gentle scrubs, lifts, and cleanses dirt and dead skin cells. In the shower I use an exfoliating soap like Ravenscourt Apothecary Oats and Rosehips Soap Bar. In the evenings I’ll apply a thin layer of either The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% followed by 100% Plant-Derived Squalane to keep my complexion looking bright and clear.

3 Steps To Prepare and Protect Your Skin In Summer Sun