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Is your Skin Summer Ready?

Exfoliate for clearer, softer skin

What it does: Exfoliation eliminates dead, dulling skin debris to block obstruction and improve hydration from toners and moisturisers.

When: Perform in the mornings prior to toner, moisturiser, SPF and make-up application.

Tip: Make-up will last longer on an exfoliated skin!

Don’t forget: After you peel, follow with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture, and constantly shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF (as recommended by the FDA) Keep skin hydrated

Keep skin hydrated

How: Up your regimen’s level of hydration with absolute masques, perfect for use one to two times a week. Boosters are a great fit, working best when layered beneath a moisturiser. Toners are an exceptional moisturiser prep, working to even out skin porosity.

Tip: Restore with a revitalising toner spritz at your desk, in the car, at the gym, on the plane! Make friends with H20

Why: Higher heats and more time out-of-doors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells!

What can be done: Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain the important moisture stability of the body and skin and help in detoxification.

Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink When in doubt, apply (and reapply!)

Why: It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen. you must apply enough and apply frequently. Studies show that most people do not apply for nearly as much daylight protection as they should.

How much: A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as many as would fill a shot glass.

How regularly: Re-apply every two hours.

Hack: Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.

Bonus: Today’s advanced formulas and technology let you select sun protection that fights with your skin condition. That means you can choose oil-free, mattifying formulas, extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or chemical free formulas for sensitised, reactive skin. Comfort over-exposed skin

What: You forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply adequate or got caught in a sunny spell.

What’s next: Sadly, the damage is done, but you don’t have to suffer in pain! Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels can help prevent strip and reduce redness and inflammation.

How: Apply cooling balms abundantly over-exposed skin, preferably at the first sight of a pink glow.

Prevent: One blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma — remember to get a yearly skin exam by a doctor and perform a self-examination once a month to discover early warning signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma. Look for new swelling or any skin change.

Fix and treat sun damage

What causes skin damage: UV light causes photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you have burned your skin or not. When sunlight comes in touch with skin a cascade of damage results (including the stripping of barrier lipids) causing inflammation, reproduction of reactive oxygen molecules that affect healthy cell growth, and stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes.

What to do: A tan may be a stylish summer look, but it symbolises damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting elements to help undo any damage that may occur, and to added protect it from the ageing effects of UV.

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