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How to get ready for summer

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.

 

Everything you need to know about sensitive skin

MiNDFOOD’s Style and Beauty Editor, Nicole Saunders, chats to Tracy May-Harriott, global director of education for Elizabeth Arden Pro, about what sensitive skin is, what to do if you suffer from it and how to adjust your beauty routine accordingly. 

We’re seeing a lot of new launches or reformulated ranges that have been created for sensitive skin. Why is that? Is sensitive skin on the rise?

Sensitive skin claims from clients have risen to 25% from just 15% in 2009, showing there is a bigger ‘desire’ from customers for products suitable for sensitivity issues. This could be due to perception or many other environmental, over-use, more awareness issues, but even so – the demand has increased significantly in recent years.

If you think you have sensitive skin, what’s the first thing you should do where your skincare regimen is concerned?

See a professional skin specialist. Always! They will be able to walk you through some elimination steps, analyse products used, frequency etc. Treatments experienced and help you adapt your regular routine in ways you may not have considered. They will also factor in lifestyle issues, environment and maybe foods, medication etc that might all be leading to the skin condition.

What causes sensitive skin?

So many things can trigger it. The most common causes include: over-use of products or treatments, harsh products, environment, sun damage, medication, hormones, foods and also stress and the never-ending “work/life balancing act” we all have these days!

Is sensitive skin something you’re born with or something you can develop later in life?

No, we are generally not born with it. In fact sensitivity is a ‘condition’ of your skin, not a skin type. So we can all go through periods of sensitivity at any time, depending on many factors like we just listed. It can come and go. You need to always treat it correctly and seriously though. Listen to your skin – it tells you!

If you have sensitivity you should always deal with that first – drop other aspects of your routine and strengthen your skin of its sensitivity. Your skin condition is simply a mirror image of whats going on inside or around you, so you should treat it with respect and act upon any areas of sensitivity. The great thing is though as it is a skin ‘condition’, you can get reduce the sensitivity and watch out for those triggers to maintain this condition in the future.

Are there commonly used irritants in our beauty routines that we should be avoiding?

Generally speaking many professional skincare brands are very sophisticated these days. It is not always as simple as ‘avoiding’ irritants. Sometimes people get obsessed with a certain ingredient and it is sometimes how an ingredient is used, the pH of the product and the ‘recipe’ of a product that can be a problem. But as a rule I would avoid harsh perfume products, over-use of alcohol and soap-based ingredients in cleansers.

Why does sensitive skin need a different approach?

Sensitive skin has tendency to flare up, feel hot and if not treated correctly will only always get worse. So it makes sense to use products specifically designed for sensitive skin. At the same time, you do need to help strengthen a sensitive skin, in order to reduce the condition. We use an approach that is based around strength and protection for the skin, not just ‘calming’. So you still need well-made, comprehensive products in order to make a difference in the strength of the skin. Don’t just treat it delicately as sometimes you will wait a long time to get it under control.

Can you talk about the key ingredients in the Elizabeth Arden Pro Sensitive Skin range? Do you have a favourite product?

I love the Sensitive Skin Basic Cleanser. I use it in the evening as my 1st cleanse to remove my ‘day’ and make up from my skin. It’s a wonderful, rich yet calming cleanser, non-soap base, and gentle. I will then follow with one of our other cleansers as my 2nd cleanse. I then love all the range, I like to make use of the Sensitive Skin Peel Pads between my salon treatments and I think the Sensitive Skin SOS Complex is a dream. If I have had a stressful day, if I have been at the computer all day, or outside – anything that makes my celtic skin feel ‘angry’ then the Sensitive Skin SOS Complex is perfect – instantly calms and soothes and can also be layered as an evening masque.
In the brand we make use of a beautiful ‘skin soothing complex’ made up of allantoin, chamomile and ginger-root to work on inflammation. We also have many antioxidants, a real skin strengthening system using the unique Botanical Complex™ and Arazine™ and mimicking antioxidants of Co Q10 and Superoxide Dismutase.

 

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