Repairing your skin post summer – you need to factor in the change your skin has gone through and preparing your skin for the cold, winter months.
Sunbathing in the heat, even whilst wearing a high SPF can dry out the skin. Wearing a high SPF is something you need to remember to do. It might take longer for your tan to develop, your risk of skin damage is lower and the tan will last longer too. Trying to tan quickly by using a low factor SPF will increase the risk of damaging the skin and may also result in a sunburn. Once your skin is sunburnt, symptoms include pain and reddened skin are hard to reverse.
Products such as Heliocare (www.heliocare.co.uk) are great to protect your skin from UV andageing damage. Heliocare Gel Cream Colour SPF 50 offers advanced protectionboth on the skin and from within. It’s the only UV protection to contain Fernblock Photoimmunoprotection Technology – a plant extract clinically-proven to protect skin from the damaging effects from sun exposure.
Dull, no-glow skin
Using sunscreen or a high SPF daily creates a thicker upper layer of skin.
Watch out for high factor sun creams these can stop you skin from breathing. Skin becomes thicker, harder and drier so remember to exfoliate! This will create a dewier look and help produce more collagen (which helps with anti-ageing). I recommend you use products such as Clinique 7 Days Scrub Cream to create a more even skin tone, de-flakes, polishes and clears pores if you have spots.
Suntanned skin looks creased and weathered
Moisturise your tanned skin to keep it hydrated and prepares it for the up and coming winter months. Products such as Clairns’ Beauty Flash Balm are great for instant radiance and healthiness it injects even the most lacklustre of complexions. For body, The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Body Lotion hydrates skin and leaves it smooth and moisturised.
If your skin is in really need of a pick me up, try out a treatment called Dermalux. It’s 30 minute non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of pure light to accelerate the skins natural rejuvenation and repair process. I think it’s great to restore radiance and it only costs £60 a session or 12 sessions for £660 (www.leegarrett.net). This is also great if you want to reverse sun damage as well.
Body feels itchy and dry under clothing.
Skin might feel dry after a hot day and so remember to moisturise, if you unfortunately have peeling skin – keep cool, regular dips into swimming pool or cool shower and use a topical vitamin E cream to reduce the chances of scarring as well. Prevention is the best cure for peeling. Plan ahead and don’t get sunburnt in the first place. By the time your skin starts peeling, that means that the damage has already been done.
Eye area looks wrinkled and puffy from sunbathing
Use a retinol-enhanced eye cream every evening before going to bed as retinol may make your skin more susceptible to the sun. Retinol improves your skin’s levels of collagen and elastin so will reverse any signs of ageing that might have occurred in thesummer months. Use products such as This Works No Wrinkles Eye Repair (£39.50) as it helps minimize the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles and also contains light-reflecting properties to banish those tell tale signs of a late night.