What does summer mean for you: spending more time outdoors; going abroad; building a golden tan? But is all that more important than healthy skin?
Along with shorts, shades, bronzed skin and beach hair, summer brings with it the risk of sun damage – from dry patches and burns, to age spots and wrinkles.
You can of course still enjoy the perks of those summer rays, and maintain healthy looking skin for longer, as long as you follow these tips from our beauty therapists, prepare in advance and take care.
1. PREPARE AND EXFOLIATE
Youthful looking skin depends on the preparation as well as the maintenance.
As much as you need to stay protected when exposed to sun, you also need to prepare in advance.Before going on holiday or spending long periods of time outside, exfoliate your entire body using a gentle salt and oil scrub for nourished and supple results. This will remove all the dead skin, giving you a brighter appearance and preparing you for an even and deeper tan.
2. APPLY PLENTY OF SUN CREAM
You need to protect your skin from harmful UV rays that cause fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Remember, high SPF alone isn’t enough anymore.Wearing a sun cream with a high sun factor that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is guaranteed to protect you from premature ageing – as long as you apply it 20 minutes before exposure and re-apply every couple of hours or as needed.
Quite often, the lotions that offer the most protection can feel thick and heavy when on the skin. If you don’t like wearing these heavy creams, which can often get more uncomfortable the warmer it gets, look for a lighter alternative.
Try a quality-tinted moisturiser with SPF, such as ESPA’s Naturally Radiant or try the new ESPA Optimal Pro Defence for a lighter touch yet ultimate protection.
3. COVER UP
We know that sun and small clothes come hand in hand and we’re not suggesting that you keep your beach body hidden away; but always keep suitable cover ups within reach.Kaftans, shirts and maxi dresses are lightweight enough to carry around and won’t make you uncomfortably hot when worn.
Also, sunglasses and hats prevent the sun from directly hitting your face, which will help you avoid fine lines and wrinkles and keep you looking rejuvenated and fresh.
4. MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE
Even when you’ve exfoliated, worn sun cream and covered up, you are still exposing yourself to UV rays which, in turn, will cause some level of damage.The most common type of damage is dry skin, which can easily be treated with a quality moisturiser, such as ESPA’s Essential Body Moisturiser. As well as combatting dry areas and giving your body a much needed surge of moisture, it will cool down and soothe sunburn and sensitive patches.
Just because you’re not thirsty does not mean you’re not dehydrated!Dehydration causes dry, dull looking skin and increases the chances of wrinkles and spots.
On a regular day, you should be looking to consume around 8 glasses of water, with this number increasing as your time spent in the sun rises.
As well as hydrating you, drinking plenty of water will give you a healthy glow and gorgeous complexion.
If you’re heading to the sun this summer and want more advice on how to look after your skin, speak to one of our expert beauty therapists today. Whether you’re looking for more information on products, treatments or regimes, we’ll be able to help you protect and nourish your skin.