While we may dream of perfectly flawless bronzed summer skin, the reality is we will be battling the build–up of oil, sun–exposed dry, parched skin and insect bites. Prevention is often better than cure for your summer skin woes.
Make sure you continue to cleanse as usual to avoid blocked pores. Tone to keep that summer shine at bay and minimise the appearance of enlarged pores. Moisturise as usual to keep your skin hydrated and to help skin heal from summer damage.
Add in some gentle exfoliation once or twice a week. It is likely at this time of year that your skin is experiencing a build-up of oil, sunscreen and makeup which can result in blocked pores and the unwelcome outbreaks of spots. Exfoliation will help to combat this and leave your skin looking and feeling smooth and refreshed.
Sun exposure is responsible for most of the visible ageing of our skin. You can help prevent premature ageing such as pigmentation and wrinkles, not to mention skin cancer by protecting yourself with sunscreen. Sunscreens should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, with a high star rating of at least 4 stars (UVA protection). Reapply regularly and generously and remember that sunscreens can never protect us fully from sun damage on their own. Cancer Research recommends using a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn. They also advise applying sunscreen before any other products, especially if your product is organic. Moisturiser, insect repellent or make up should be applied afterwards.
Insect bites & stings
Bites and stings are common at this time of the year, particularly in the countryside. To reduce your risk you can use an insect repellent and wear long sleeved clothes and trousers in areas where insects are common. Avoid strong perfumes and fragrances and wear light-coloured clothing. Small local reactions are common after bites and stings and this redness, irritation and swelling can be treated with a cold compress, painkillers and antihistamines. Please seek professional medical advice if you are concerned about infections or allergic reactions.