When it comes to changing seasons, approaching your beauty cabinet like you do your wardrobe will help combat any unwanted skin issues that can arise when temperatures start to heat up. Here are our top tips for getting your skin and body summer ready.
1. Lighten Up
Heavy foundations and warm weather were never meant to be best friends. If your go-to foundation starts to do a runner on you – no one wants a formulation that slips off as soon as it starts to heat up – think about switching it out for something lighter such as a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
2. Take it Easy
As much as we love youth-restoring skincare ingredients – think vitamin A and C and alpha-hydroxy acids – slathering these on before you step out into the sun is not a wise idea. These active ingredients speed up cell turnover which in turn, increases your skin’s photosensitivity. Keep these skincare superheroes for your night routine and always incorporate a sunscreen into your routine come morning time. Intensive beauty treatments can leave skin sensitised. Ask your beauty therapist about any increased skin photosensitivity prior to having a beauty treatment and always take extra precaution following a treatment.
3. Look After Your Locks
Coloured or not, your tresses require extra attention when the weather starts to heat up. If you’re using heated tools frequently you should already have a heat protectant included in your routine; look to add one which includes UV protection. Before summer hits, start including a protective and restorative treatment hair mask into your weekly hair routine to keep locks smooth, manageable and ready to face the season ahead.
4. Fake it
Don’t bake in the sun; forgo the sun’s harmful rays and get the sun-kissed look the smart way. Fake tan application doesn’t have to be an ordeal if you prep skin before you get started. Wax, shave and do your nails the day before you decide to apply your chosen self tanner. Applying self tanner to dry skin is a beauty no-no; always exfoliate from head to toe and avoid using anything oil-based on your skin. Unwanted orange patches of skin are easily avoided; just apply a little bit of moisturiser on problem areas such as knees, elbows and ankles.