It’s our favourite time of the year, yet sun exposure and the sunscreen we use can cause our skin to suffer in the summer months.
Whether your problem is breakouts, sun damage or dehydration, here are our tips to resolve your summer skin concerns.
I have more breakouts when applying sunscreen regularly.
Sunscreen can disrupt your complexion. Both physical sunscreens (which deflect UV light) and chemical sunscreens (which absorb UV light), can block pores, cause sensitivity and lead to bumps and breakouts. To reduce the likelihood of occluding pores, use an oil-free broad-spectrum formula like Sunstop colour-free sun cream or Sunkiss sunscreen bronzer. And then use a gentle facial polish such as Fresh & Clear about 2-3 times a week to ensure frequent renewal of the skin and removal of the topmost layers.
I have suffered sunburn.
Prevention with broad spectrum sunscreen and frequent reapplication is always better than cure, but if you notice any redness, swelling, or blistering, get out of direct sunlight and protect affected areas with light clothing until the area has healed.
There is some indirect evidence that cosmetic formulations containing Aloe Vera may help, but this is not conclusive and the risk of further irritation cannot be discounted.
So, we recommend going completely back to basics. Apply cool compresses of water or water plus milk to soothe and reduce inflammation.
Painkillers and over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream may also help reduce inflammation.
My skin is flaky and tight after my holiday.
However well you look after your skin in the sun, you may notice dryness at this time of year. We recommend natural oil-rich formulas that are both nourishing and light. Try Skin Treat and Rose Elixir to reduce flakiness. Antioxidants in natural oils including Vitamin E may also help lessen the damaging effects of sunlight-induced free radicals within your skin. Boost their potency with a gentle spray such as Rose Hydramist, applied throughout the day.