UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKIN
How to Care for Your Skin in Summer
Summer presents a unique set of challenges for your skin; higher levels of UV exposure, hotter, humid weather, layers of SPF, sweating and dehydration can all affect the skin function and appearance so you need to make slight tweaks to your routine to achieve that summer glow.
Effects of Summer
Increased UV exposure can have many effects on the skin apart from the obvious tanning and sunburn. UV rays cause free radical damage which can damage skin cells - this damage leads to dehydration, inflammation and uneven skin texture. Unprotected exposure to UV rays will also darken existing pigmentation. The sweaty weather puts our oil production into overdrive so drier skins might feel more relieved in summer. If you’re on the oilier side, however, this can result in breakouts and increased congestion.
What can you do?
First things first, apply SPF every. single. day. This will not only protect against sunburn but also free radical damage that can wreak havoc on your skin. Along with SPF, lycopene, a nutrient found in tomatoes and watermelon can internally increase your natural SPF but remember, it’s not a replacement for topical application.
Drink plenty of water and incorporate electrolyte-rich foods into your routine to compensate for what we lose when we sweat. Bananas, sweet potatoes, and sea salt are all great sources. Reduce the temperature when washing your face and body, especially if you’ve caught the sun. This will help maintain your skin’s natural moisture.
Be a shady lady or gentleman. Try to limit direct sun exposure and treat yourself to a broad hat and sunglasses to protect your skin from UV rays.
How can Treatments Help?
Regular treatments will help your skin improve resilience, as well as targeting any areas of conditions that need some TLC. Our Under the Light treatment is a contactless treatment that has a plethora of benefits from stimulating collagen and elastin, reducing inflammation, and preventing breakouts.
If you're experiencing breakouts on the back area which is more common in sweaty weather, book in for our Back to Front treatment.
Whilst we can’t off the full menu of our facial treatments at the clinic, our Sunday Facial Live treatments are virtually led, advanced facials, each tailored to specific skin conditions…
And finally, if you’re in need of expert guidance, book in for a one on one online session with our therapist to help guide you through your personal summer skin journey.
What Products Support Improvement
Protecting your skin is paramount so make sure you have an SPF and antioxidant in your routine to shield the skin from UV rays and fight free radical damage. You’ll still need to exfoliate but this is not the season for harsh acids and home peels. Instead, reach for gentle enzymatic exfoliators that nibble away dead skin cells for smoother skin.
Stay hydrated with hyaluronic acid rich serums that will capture moisture in the skin for a plumper appearance. Try to apply them in a humid environment for even more hydration (a steamy bathroom post-shower is perfect). A refreshing mist is also a delicious addition to your summer routine to cool things down.
And finally, a good mask doesn’t ever go amiss. If you’ve got a little too sunkissed, once the burn has completely cooled, applying a rich cream mask will aid healing and reduce inflammation. To target summer breakouts, look for clay or peat-based masks that will draw out any impurities and excess oil.
To make it easy, we’ve created 3 summer product packs, Summer Sun, Spotty Summer, and Post Summer, that include the key products you need for this season...