Oh let us count the ways that summer can wreak havoc on our skin. Heat, extra alcohol and aeroplane aircon can all dehydrate it; thick SPFs and sweat often lead to blocked pores and breakouts; while the sun can cause skin damage, which leads to wrinkles and pigmentation issues. But fear not: it’s not too late to start a skincare routine that addresses these specific seasonal skincare issues, and keeps skin clear, hydrated and protected from the most common summer complaints.
The problem: breakouts
The cause: sweat, suncream, make-up
The SOS: Cleanse with a Micellar water, which combines both oil and water-based particles, to remove pore-clogging culprits. Keep a bottle on hand and give skin a quick swipe when you’re feeling particularly sweaty (after a stressful overheated commute is often a good time!) and always remove make-up when you know you’re going to be sweating more (before a post work-gym session, for example). Exfoliating helps too - but stick to nightly sessions as it can leave skin more sensitive to the sun.
The problem: dehydration
The cause: heat, air conditioning, alcohol consumption, not drinking enough water.
The SOS: Drink plenty more water, to combat the dehydrating effects of hotter weather, air con and that third glass of Whispering Angel, and massage a nourishing skin oil, in to cleansed skin. Seal the oil in to the skin with a hydrating cream that is light but will quench the skin’s thirst. Elemis Hydra Boost Day Cream* ** is like a long tall glass of water for thirsty skin, a super-nourishing deeply-hydrating day cream that is rich in anti-oxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, Starflower Oil and Vitamin E. Use it to moisturise, plump and smooth, as well as strengthen the skin’s natural defenses and leave it protected from free radicals.
The problem: premature ageing signs: wrinkles, pigmentation
The cause: sun exposure
The SOS: Wear a broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen throughout the year and top up with a facial SPF 50 during summer, when you will be more exposed to the skin’s rays. Invest in products that contain antioxidants, as well as ingredients that will brighten skin and reduce pigmentation, such as Vitamin C, as well as targeting fine lines and wrinkles.
*Included in August Roccabox
** 10% off first order at ELEMIS.COM with the code EMSHELX. Valid until September 30th. Only valid on full-size products. Not valid on travel sizes, gift cards or collections.