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5 Steps to Summer Beauty

BODY PREP

Soft, smooth and radiant skin is the key to looking healthy during summer. Achieve this by exfoliating regularly and staying well-hydrated. Look for grainy body scrubs with ‘polishing’ ingredients such as salt, sugar or oatmeal, which will help remove dry, flaky skin.

Exfoliate your entire body at least three times a week, using exfoliating gloves or a loofah, before or during a shower. Follow with a rich body moisturiser applied to damp skin. At night, massage a body oil into your skin to help replenish and nourish skin as you sleep.

HAPPY FEET

Cracked heels and chipped nail polish are a summer-time faux pas. Avoid this mistake by treating yourself to a weekly home pedicure. First, soak your feet in a warm foot bath with added bath salts, Epsom salts or aromatherapy oils.

Once your feet are well-soaked, use a scrub and a foot file on the balls and heels of your feet to remove any rough patches. Where there is a build-up of dead skin, you may need to use a callous remover.

Soften the cuticles with cuticle oil before pushing them back and then trim, shape and buff your nails. Next, massage in a moisturising treatment cream.

Finish by applying a base coat, two coats of polish and finally, a top coat to your toenails. This summer any colour goes – choose bright, cheerful shades, such as pink, purple and coral or dark and sophisticated hues, like navy, scarlet and red.

SUN SMART

Sun damage, or photoageing, is the number one cause of accelerated skin ageing. Help minimise the damaging effects of the sun by regularly applying a high SPF (30+) broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects from both UVA (which causes long-term skin damage, such as ageing) and UVB (which causes burning and skin cancer) rays. Apply at least 15-30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours.

AFTER-SUN CARE

Even if your skin has been protected from harmful UV radiation with sunscreen, it still requires nourishment and rehydration after long periods of exposure to the elements. To counteract the drying effects of the sun, soothe and soften your skin with lotions, gels and sprays that are designed to restore the skin’s barrier and replenish its moisture levels.

For a refreshing, cooling effect, store your after-sun products in the fridge. If your skin is red, hot and inflamed, mitigate the damage done 
by the sun and use a product that contains 
anti-inflammatory properties, such as aloe vera, 
or soak in a cold bath to help ease the pain.

And don’t forget your hair:

SUPER-SOFT HAIR

The sun, saltwater and chlorine can be as damaging to your hair as it is to your skin, robbing it of its colour, moisture and vitality. Keep your hair looking healthy and radiant by using colour-safe, moisture-rich shampoos and conditioners, which will help reduce colour fade, replace lost nutrients and soften your hair.

While in the sun, use a protective UV spray to shield your hair from further damage and, for significantly shinier locks, regularly apply a hydrating mask.

Tried & Tested: Facial serums

ANTIPODES

Hosanna Intensive 
Hydrating Serum, RRP $47

A little amount of this serum goes a long way, and after using my skin felt softer and well moisturised. The Vinanza Gold grape seed extract in the serum is high in antioxidants and works to increase elasticity and firmness of the skin, something I noticed after two weeks of using this product twice a day.

AVALON ORGANICS

Lavender Renewal & Vitality
Facial Serum, RRP $30

This unscented and non-sticky serum was absorbed into my skin instantly and left it feeling smooth and plump (most likely because of its hyaluronic acid content). The calming properties of organic lavender, arnica and licorice root quelled any redness and left my skin rejuvenated, bright and even in tone. Full of antioxidants and omega fatty acids, it gave me a healthy, radiant complexion.

EVOLU

Facial Serum, RRP $59

At first the roller-ball action of this lightweight serum felt slightly strange to apply, however, its massaging effect on my face and neck soon became addictive. Rich in bioactive vitamins and essential oils, this facial serum gives you a potent shot of antioxidants and the botanical blend gives a pleasant smell that provides the perfect start or end to the day.

ILCSI

Grape Seed Softening 
Serum, RRP $85

Particularly good for tired, dull and dry skin, this strongly scented serum makes use of 
the high fibre, vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content of 
grape seed oil. Fortified with mineral 
water from a lake in Hungary, this all-natural organic facial serum will 
leave your skin feeling soft, smooth 
and totally revitalised.

DR. HAUSCHKA

Regenerating Serum, RRP $145

Specially formulated for mature skin, it’s no wonder why my skin was left feeling firm and tight after applying this serum. While the oil-free gel is slightly tacky on contact, it was soon absorbed into my skin providing abundant moisture. Great for sensitive skin, this serum soothes any redness or irritation.

AVEDA

Green Science Lifting 
Serum, RRP $130

This lotion-like serum has an unusual, yet delightful scent, which instantly awakens the senses, making it ideal for daytime use. Free of stickiness, it was instantly absorbed into my skin and gave it a more lifted and toned appearance. The blend of natural ingredients in the serum helps promote cell turnover as well as strengthening the skin’s barrier function.           

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