The temperature has ramped up here in the UAE and summer is most definitely here! Whether you are staying on our sandier shores or traveling overseas, it’s imperative to re-evaluate your summer skincare routine and stash away those thick and heavy products in favour of light, fresh formulas that will allow your skin to breathe and live its best life all summer long.
To help maneuver through the hot months, we’ve put together the perfect summer skincare prep that will keep you fully in shape for summer.
Contrary to popular belief, summer is a great time of the year to use retinol as the summer humidity leaves your skin naturally more moisturised. You may see less dryness and flaking that can often occur as your skin adapts to the ingredients. It’s a great way to treat dark marks and superficial acne scars as well as soften fine lines, smooth texture and reverse sun damage. Best applied in the evening, after cleansing the skin, a pea-sized amount should be used every 2-3 nights, working up to every night. A word of caution, and this brings us on to our next point, the key to using retinol in the summer is to apply SPF often.
Items with Retinol that we love:
Did you know sun exposure is responsible for 80% of visible ageing? If you ever needed another reason to make SPF a part of your daily routine, this surely is it. Living in a year-round sunshine-filled country, SPF should be worn daily and be a strong contender in your beauty arsenal. Not only does SPF reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer, but it can also prevent skin discoloration and reduce inflammation. Block those UV rays and opt for a SPF50 to ensure full protection, and reapply, reapply, reapply!
SPF’s we love:
Vitamin C is the perfect pairing with your SPF. Being an antioxidant, it supports your SPF by neutralizing the free radicals that cause photodamage. SPF protects your skin from forming new dark patches and the Vitamin C works hand in hand to lighten the ones you already have. Not only this, Vitamin C is a real hero product for a number of reasons. Not only does it help with uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars and general dullness, but this in-demand skincare necessity also triggers the skin to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin that help keep skin plump and firm.
Items with Vitamin C that we love:
The sun has amped up its strength which is our call to action to switch up our moisturiser. Let your rich and thicker moisturisers take a back seat and look to lighter creams and gel-based moisturisers which will allow for the increase in humidity and sweat on your skin. Lightweight creams are the name of the game to protect your skin this summer and keep moisture locked in, without overwhelming your pores.
Moisturisers that we love:
100% worthy of a permanent place in your skincare cupboard, it is crucial to use exfoliators on the skin more so in the summer when many of us experience breakouts, oilier skin and clogged pores from humidity and heat. This practice will help to remove sweat, SPF and any bacteria lying on the top layer of the skin. Offering a deep clean of your pores, the result is smoother, brighter and glowing skin, unclogged pores and increased skin cell turnover. We recommend gently exfoliating up to 3 times a week and not going overboard which can leave skin dry, damaged and irritated.
Exfoliators that we love:
To achieve the perfect summer glow and look truly ‘lit from within’, an illuminator is a multi-use finishing item to ensure maximum dewy, luminous skin. Mix it with your foundation or BB cream or use it alone as a highlighter on the highest points of the face to add dimension and shine. It can even be mixed with your body cream to create a luxurious silky glow from head to toe. Multitasking at its finest!
Illuminating products that we love: