As summer comes to a close, the change in seasons is a good time to review your skincare routine. Here are my 3 top tips to help you to repair the sun damage to your skin so you get yor natural glow back.
Sun damage can leave yor skin looking dehydrated and sallow. The quickest and easiest way to improve skin condition is to exfoliate as this removes the dead and damaged skin cells. Depending on your skin type, try and introduce regular exfoliation into your routine between 1-2 times a week. Exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and speeds up the skin renewal process, encouraging collagen production revealing a smoother, brighter and healthier complexion.
Exfoliation will also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and allow your skincare products to be absorbed deeper and so more effective. You could introduce a daily AHA cleanser (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), this will prevent further build up of dead skin. Also consider having a professional Microdermabrasion treatment to target pigmentation and congestion caused by sun damage over the summer months.
I like to exfoliate my skin at least once a week and usually follow it with a nourishing mask as a hydrating treat for my skin.
Sun damage will lead to dehydrated skin. People often mistake dehydrated skin for dry skin, dehydration is a symptom of external factors such as sun damage and the dry skin is a skin condition with specific skin care requirements.
It's a cliche, but hydrating from within is the best thing you can do for your skin. Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin cells plumpand healthy and help to flush out any blemish causing toxins. Try eating your water too with foods that have a high water content such as fruit and vegetables.
You also need to help maintain those moisture levels on your skin by applying a protective layer such as moisturiser. Applied as the last product before make-up, choose the correct moisturiser for your skin. Dry and very dehydrated skin will benefit from a cream or oil based product, whilst those with combination or oiler skin should use a lighter gel or water based lotion. I switch from a light cream cleanser that I rinse off with water to a cleansing balm as the temperature drops and use a hyaluronic acid serum to aid in moisture retention.
The biggest cause of skin damage and ageing are UV rays from the sun. There are 2 types, UVA rays are present all year round and are uninhibited by cloudy sky's. They can penetrate glass and through clothes and affect our living skin cells in the dermis layer affecting the DNA causing skin ageing and wrinkles as well as tanning the skin. UVB rays are weaker in winter months but are still a concern as they cause most skin cancers. You should wear sunscreen all year round and ensure it has protection from both types of UV rays. Look out for the star rating to help you choose the best protection and use at least factor 15, higher on sunny days or if you be will outside for extended periods even on cloudy days.
If you need any advice on your skincare routine, why not book in for your free skin consultation at The Therapy Room.