At last, the long, dark days of winter, when the only concern to our skin was how to keep away the goose pimples, are finally behind us. Here comes the summer!
Many of us will spend the next couple of months exposing our bodies to the sun, whether that's in the back garden, on the beach or on a rambling weekend stroll along the riverbank. Others will be out in the sunlight during the hours of work. Builders, gardeners, ground workers - all will come under fire, literally, from the ball in the sky!
It can be a hazardous time for our skin. Not only can we end up with prickly heat and sunburn or skin dehydration and pigmentation, but excessive sun exposure followed by dry, hot winds and overzealous air conditioning can easily damage delicate cells and cause premature ageing.
It's a case of being sensible and using common sense. Don't overdo it, wear the right clothes and use the correct products.
Here are SIX of the best tips to help you combat the obvious dangers that lie ahead.
- Make sure you use an oil-free, fragrance-free SPF over your face and body. You really should be using something as high as SPF 30. This will give you adequate protection from the sun.
- Always Moisturise, but switch to oil free creams and serums. It is always tempting to miss out on a good moisturiser and eye cream during sticky summer months as your skin will be producing more sebum. Replace heavy winter, oil-based creams with lighter, oil-free or water-based serums or emulsions.
- Remember your cleavage. The Neck and Décolletage are too often neglected and can suffer from premature ageing without you realizing. As a rule of thumb, treat your neck and décolletage as an extension of your face, continuing product application right the way down, be it cleanser, toner, moisturiser, serum, exfoliant or treatment mask.
- Exfoliate regularly. Our skin sheds cells every minute of every day, which results in dull, dry looking skin, particularly sun exposed skin as it dehydrates quickly. However much moisturiser you apply, your skin will never look glowing without removing these dead skin cells. Rejuvenation treatments such as exfoliations and nurturing masks restore the skin’s health and balance, so to ensure a healthy glow for the summer months, be sure to exfoliate 1–2 times a week.
- Avoid Coarse Scrubs. You must not use facial or body scrubs with coarse granules. These scrubs cause tiny pores in the skin and ultimately lead to uneven pigmentation when you are out in the sun.
- Hands, like your cleavage and neck, are age indicators, so try to exfoliate your hands a few times a week, apply a rich moisturiser and always apply an SPF to your hands, as you would your face.
Here at Estetica we can provide you with any information or advice you want about your skin care. We also provide skin treatments to alleviate issues that might have arisen from too much sun. If you wish to contact us for a consultation, please feel free to do so, either via our website or on 01932 570099.