How To Care For Post-Summer Skin

During the summer months when we are out and about more, our complexion can pick up some signs of wear and tear, no matter how careful we are with our skincare routines. This is especially true once we get past our twenties, as the skin starts to lose its natural levels of collagen, making it seem thinner, drier, and less supple.

Even light exposure to UV rays can cause sun spots or pigmentation, dry patches, and the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. If you are prone to oily skin, then you may find that repeated use of sunscreen throughout the summer months has led to unwanted blocked pores and breakouts.

To give your complexion a post-summer makeover, start by cleansing with a mild facewash that is free from artificial colourings and perfumes. Look for products which contain soothing natural plant extracts, such as lavender and ginger root. If your skin is dry, ingredients such as vitamin C can help to boost suppleness.

Next, apply a gentle exfoliator to your face, neck, and décolletage, that is designed for sensitive skin. Choose a product with tiny microbeads that will remove dead skin cells and the built-up oils from your sunscreen, without upsetting your skin and making it feel dried out.

After exfoliating, rinse your skin clear of product, and then gently wipe over your face and neck with a toner. This will remove any last traces of dirt and products, and leave your skin perfectly primed to absorb moisture.

Finish off your skincare routine with a good quality moisturiser. For the daytime, pick a product with a high SPF factor to boost your sun protection. For night-time, choose richer creams which contain peptides, to help stimulate collagen production. If you are prone to clogged pores, choose an oil-free product which will help to balance out your skin tone.

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