How to put together the perfect summer skincare routine

Summer is the time for lazy beach days, balmy evenings and plenty of R&R. It’s also the time for 35°C days and sweaty evenings, plenty of socialising and perhaps a little too much indulgence food and drinks-wise. And all this doesn’t spell good things for our skin. Luckily the right routine can help to fortify our skin against excessive damage, helping us save face for the new year.

I’ve put together my tips for building a good summer skincare routine, with some products I adore. Take a look.

Protect

The first rule of good skincare? Sunscreen. Look for a broad spectrum SPF – I always go for 50+ on my face – and preferably one that also contains antioxidants like Vitamin C and E, which will help to fight free-radical damage.

Try: Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield

R750 for 40ml, elizabetharden.co.za

The Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart range helps to prevent damage caused by UV rays as well as pollution – shout out to all the city girls. It protects your skin against sun damage with a 100% mineral, broad spectrum sunscreen, and they’ve used micronized Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide so that you don’t get that pale appearance. They’ve also included powerful antioxidants and a blend of protective enzymes that all help to fend off free radical damage.

Care

Look for a moisturiser that is lightweight but still packed with plenty of hydrating ingredients. Sun, sea and air-conditioned rooms all suck moisture from the skin. Bonus points if you can find a formula that’s packed with antioxidants, which will help to protect your skin against environmental damage.

Try: Lamelle Nourish Revitalise Lite

R500 for 50ml, skinmiles.com

Our skin cells are constantly being damaged by our inner and outer environments. UV-radiation, oxidative stress and free-radicals can all cause damage to our DNA.

The new Nourish range from Lamelle works to repair DNA injury by entering the cells directly, re-establishing normal cell function and helping to prevent further damage. Exciting stuff! It also contains a blend of powerful antioxidants, hydrating ingredients and anti-inflammatory blends. Nourish Revitalise Lite has been formulated for combination to oilier skin types, making it a perfect fit for the summer months.

Hydrate

A hydrating serum will help to counter the dehydrating effect that air-conditioning, salt water and sunlight can have on your skin. At the same time it won’t feel as heavy on your skin as some hydrating moisturisers might.

Try: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

R935 for 30ml, clarins.co.za

This serum contains a blend of 21 plant extracts that work to counter the signs of aging. It also has a unique combination of both oil-soluble and water-soluble ingredients that nourish and hydrate your skin on the surface and deeper levels. Best of all, it feels wonderfully light and comfortable.

Soothe

Sun-exposure, pollution and dehydration can all make your skin more sensitive and inflamed. Look for a serum or moisturiser with calming ingredients that can sooth and restore your skin.

Try: Dermalogica Ultracalming Serum Concentrate

R1039, dermalogica.co.za

This is one of my favourite serums when I need to fix my dehydrated, sensitized skin. It contains a blend of oat and botanical active ingredients that reduce inflammation. It also helps to restore the skin’s protective lipid barrier, making it more resilient against future assaults. It’s fantastic for any kind of skin sensitivity, for instance when you’ve spent too much time in the sun.

Reinforce

Let’s be realistic, at some point during summer our skin is going to need some extra TLC. It might because of a few too many late nights at beach bars or, in my case, a few too many long afternoons soaking up the sun. When this happens you want have something at hand that can boost moisture and restore your skin barrier, which will help your skin bounce back.

Try: Environ Focus Care Moisture+ Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules

R730 for 30 capsules, environ.co.za

These oil capsules deliver a dose of silky oil that melts into your skin, leaving it feeling super soft. They’ve been packed with a blend of Retinol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and other antioxidants, working to protect your skin against free radical damage. At the same time it helps to enrich the surface oils on your skin, boosting hydration. You’ll use it at night instead of, or over your moisturiser.

Clarify

Extra sweat and oil during summer means that our skin is much more inclined to become congested. Look for a purifying clay mask that can pull out impurities, and bonus points if it can also exfoliate dead skin cells that might clog pores.

Try: SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque

R1 330 for 67g, dermastore.co.za

This mask contains a combination of kaolin and bentonite clays that lift impurities and help to remove excess oil from the skin. It also contains hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate dead cells, while aloe and chamomile soothe the skin. I love the fact that it gently purifies my skin without drying it out – it also has a slightly cooling sensation that’s fantastic in summer – and after 10 minutes my skin feels wonderfully smooth and refreshed.

Any questions? Or something you’d like to add? Pop your comments down below, I’d love to hear from you.

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