The skincare ingredient you need to use this summer

The sun, in the just the right amount, is essential for health and wellbeing, but its harmful UVA and UVB rays are also the number one culprit when it comes to premature skin ageing. A sun-kissed tan might look like a good idea in your youthful years, but the ageing effects of sun exposure often take years to appear. Repeated exposure causes changes in skin tone and texture, resulting in skin sagging and wrinkle formation over time.

And while there are an endless plethora of skincare formulations you can slather on your skin to try and keep that youthful glow, in the ever-changing world of beauty, there’s one unwavering rule to live by: prevention is always better than a cure, especially where skin ageing is concerned. Thankfully the one ingredient that everyone needs in their routine to prevent skin damage and prevent premature ageing isn’t hard to get your hands on and won’t cost a small fortune. Deciphering sunscreen can be a little tricky, but formulations with zinc oxide covers all bases. Unlike other sunscreen ingredients, zinc oxide acts as a physical blocker, giving skin broad-spectrum protection against by UVA and UVB rays.


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.