Flip-flops, swimming costumes and plenty of sunshine… summer is glorious! But, don’t let summer skincare woes get in the way of the fun this season. Here’s some advice to keep shaving irritation, sun damage, and oily skin breakouts from dampening your summer enjoyment.
How to prevent shaving rash as part of your summer skincare routine
Shaving rash is caused by irritated, ingrown follicles after shaving or waxing. To avoid, shave in warm water in the direction of the hair growth and use a clean, good-quality razor. Shaving in the direction of the hair growth allows for the root of the hair to remain exposed, which helps avoid ingrown follicles. To lift the hair from its shaft, try Skin Authority’s Age Defying Shave Serum. This product was created to include a unique ingredient called Arrectosina, which raises hair by stimulating its arrector pipi muscle to facilitate a close, smooth shave.
The do’s and dont’s to stopping sun damage
We understand the summer draw to being in the sun all day long. But, you must practice safe sun. Sunscreen is vital. Avoid sun damage by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15+. You can improve the effectiveness of your SPF by using a high-quality Vitamin C Serum underneath. At 20% L Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), the product will actually absorb some of the UVA (aging) rays for you. Vitamin C also aids in lightening, brightening, and tightening the skin in general.
To address sun damage that has already taken place, try implementing a resurfacing agent into your daily routine. Look for ingredients like Glycolic Acid, Hydroquinone, Alpha Arbutin, and L Ascorbic Acid.
There is a common misconception that you can address Hyperpigmentation/Sun Damage, or avoid it all together, without using an SPF on a daily basis. This is a myth, dont’ be fooled by SPF 75 or turned away from SPF 15, both are extremely effective. An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of rays, an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of rays; and an SPF 45 blocks about 98% of rays. So, as you can see, there is little difference between SPF 15 and 45.
5 tips to address breakouts caused by oily skin during the summer:
- You must moisturise. Not doing so can actually cause oil-stripped skin to produce more oil.
- Wear a high-quality make-up that is free of parabens, dyes, and fragrances. If you are concerned with the level of coverage, know that there are quite a few clean brands that offer a variety of coverage levels.
- Look for a gel cleanser that has antibacterial properties to remove dirt, oil, and make-up.
- Use a spot treatment containing Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid to kill bacteria, resurface, and to calm inflammation and redness caused by the breakouts.
- In the a.m., finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. In the p.m., finish with a light-weight moisturiser that is water-based and contains hydrating and healing ingredients like Vitamin E.
By Celeste Hilling, healthy skin care expert and CEO, Skin Authority.
With two decades in the beauty and skin care industries, Celeste Hilling is the Founder,CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority. Skin Authority is respected for developing pure and
powerful products without the use of parabens, added fragrance, dyes or animal testing. More on www.skinauthority.com.
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