1. Upping the ante - on sun protection
Damaging UV rays are present all year round, but in the summer the sun hits us more directly, making it more intense. Daily sunscreen use is key for preventing skin cancer and ageing, especially pigmentation and uneven skin tone. In the summer, the days are longer and you’re more likely to be outside enjoying them, so it is very important to keep the sunscreen on hand, and reapply every 2 hours. Also, keep in mind that there is no such thing as “waterproof” sunscreen. Some sunscreens are water-resistant, but none are truly waterproof, so reapplying after swimming or sweating is essential!
There are an overwhelmingly large number of choices when it comes to sunscreen, so choose one that’s broad spectrum, at least SPF 30, and contains mineral blockers like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Layer it up. When out and about I use the Ego Sensitive Skin SPF 50+, then the CC IT cream tinted SPF product OVER the top.
Don’t rely on moisturisers with SPF or make up with SPF for protection in the Australian sun if you are REALLY outside.
They are “ok” if you are walking to work or momentarily outside.
If outside exercising or at the beach you need sunscreen specific products.
Apply the SPF foundations over the top.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, two physical blockers that give you the best sun protection possible because they last longer on the skin.
Another great product is a chic broad-brimmed hat—a little shade goes a long way. As well as sunglasses, protecting the skin around the eyes as well as the eyeball from getting lesions known as pterygiums.
2. Look to Skin-Brightening Products
The sun will bring out and create pigmentation and uneven skin tone. So you need to start using products that help combat this. Early intervention is prevention!!!!
Using Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and vitamin C that block the pigment production enzymes (tyrosinase)and stop the spread of pigment to the skin cells. Check out our Concentrated Illuminator.
Look for concentrations of 10%.
3. Don’t Wait Exfoliate
Exfoliate off the dull winter skin build up so your fake tan and bronzing products will sit better.
Invest in AHA and BHA products that gently exfoliate and remove the dull accumulated outer layers.
These ingredients also exfoliated deep into the follicle, helping prevent breakouts from using sunscreen products. Check out my Cult product the Concentrated Clarifier (daily) and the Concentrated Micropeel (weekly). Gentle but effective clinical concentrations of AHA and BHA. Daily and weekly treatment combo.
4. Protection is more than just sunscreen!
Give yourself a Vitamin B3 boost to protect against free radical UV damage and immune depletion that happens with sun exposure.
Vitamin B3 helps combat SPF damage that aren’t fully blocked by your sunscreen. The sun also creates free radical damage as well as depleting the skin’s immune system. Pioneering Australian research proved that wearing Vitamin B3 on your skin stops the depletion of the skins immune system. Furthermore Vitamin B3 is one of the most powerful anti- inflammatory skin care vitamins. It combats the damaging effects of the sun and the environment on the skin cells. So get Boosted with Vitamin B3. It will also help inhibit UV induced discolouration like sun spots.
I also recommend taking it as supplements.
5. Swap Out Heavy Creams
As the dry winter weather turns into more humid summer, you can lighten up on your moisturiser as the environment won’t be zapping as much moisture out.
Exfoliate off the dull dry layers with “chemo” exfoliation. Using active ingredients to do the job: AHAs / BHAs. Then apply your anti -oxidant boosted Concentrated Moisturiser. Hydration and protection without the oiliness and no messing with your make up!
6. Fake it don’t bake
If you’re looking to put some colour on the canvas go fake tan! Remember exfoliate before you apply to increase the chance of evenness of the colour. Go gradual. The low dose daily tanning moisturiser products are a nice way to get a natural even glow. Stick to bronzing powder on the face as it’s hard to maintain evenness with the fake tan products, especially with cleansing and if you are using AHA/BHA and vitamin A cell exfoliating products.
Always match your face to your neck and décolletage!!!