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Top summer skincare tips by Foreo

By skincare therapist for FOREO, Abigail James
“There’s are many different elements of summer that can affect your skin – heat, sun, sweat, being outdoors more and even the consumption of more alcohol has the potential to make your skin somewhat different over the warmer months. The humidity, mixing makeup with sweat and wearing extra SPF can also lead to increased episodes of breakouts. Pigmentation, sweat spots, premature skin damage wrinkles, sensitivity, sunburn and hives are the most common skin conditions associated with summer. It’s important you remember to hydrate but not go too heavy with textures. This summer look out for products that have hydrating ingredients, vitamin C’s, hyaluronic acid, SPF, and plant-based oils. Also keep an eye out for a new and natural retinol alternative, bakuchiol, which speeds up cell turnover without the irritation.” 
How can summer affect your skincare routine?
We are more sweaty which can in turn cause more breakouts. It’s important to balance our skin with cleansers and post treatments. The sun can also dry the skin out, which has potential to make fine lines more visible – introduce antioxidants to help combat this.
Pigmentation is also a big concern for many during summer. Vitamin C can be great in combating that as it contains pigment holding ingredients. Lastly, your skin can become a lot more sensitive during summer so best to cut down on exfoliation if you’re noticing your skin is becoming more sensitive than usual. Home acids and AHA ingredients are being added to so many of our homecare products – cleansers, toners, masks and serums. When layered too much this can be far too much exfoliation for your skin, especially during the summer. If you don’t want to eliminate these from your skincare routine, switch these steps to nighttime during the warmer months.

 

What are some DIY tips to keep your skin look healthy and hydrated this summer?
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take Hyaluronic Acid supplements to help hold the moisture in your skin
  • Look at introducing oils to your diet and on your skin – internally and externally is the winning combo!
  • Barrier function is key. Eating lots of antioxidants is also a great way to protect your skin from the harmful damage of the sun rays. Tomatoes have an ingredient called lycopene which naturally supports our skins sun barrier function
  • Ceramides help form the skin’s barrier and help it retain moisture. It can also help protect the skin against environmental aggressors like pollution
  • Don’t over do the sun exposure, stay protected and use SPF
  • Don’t over strip the skin, keep the use of skin peeling products to a minimum

 

What changes should you make to your skincare routine this summer?
  • Cut back on retinols
  • Try IPL treatments
  • Wash – but don’t over strip the skin
  • Don’t overdo it with the acids – strip it back to using one or two at max!
  • Keep using hydrating products but avoid using anything that is extra heavy
  • Thoroughly remove SPF and sweat
  • Add in hydrating serums and masks – these are essentials!

 

What are your top product recommendations for keeping your skin hydrated throughout summer?
  • Hyaluronic Acid is perfect for holding moisture within the skin and is suitable for all skin types as it’s water based not oil
  • Vitamin C is a mega antioxidant and is great for brightening, lightening, energising and protecting from sun damage
  • Face oils are perfect for extra hydration and essential fatty acids
  • Cream cleansers are you best bet this summer as they won’t over strip or clog the skin, and act as a comfort blanket for skin that sees the sun regularly

 

What at-home treatments and devices do you recommend if you’re worried about going to a salon to keep your skin healthy this summer?
It’s most important to keep you skin hydrated this summer. Use face masks for a targeted approach at tackling individual skin concerns. FOREO’s power mask and light therapy device, the UFO 2’s hyper-infusion technology is a great way to incorporate masks into your skincare routine and really maximise results. It can be paired with a range of masks and drives the mask essence deeper into your face to get nutrients down where they work best – below the surface! It also has a T-Sonic™ facial massaging, heating and cooling features and optimised app-led treatments, the UFO 2 is like a multi-purpose pocket spa with expert results.

 

To keep your skin hydrated, the UFO 2 is best paired with FOREO’s Make My Day mask. Make My Day infuses skin with moisture, giving it the perfect amount of hydration. Hyaluronic acid and red algae extract assist in protecting skin from the effects of harmful free radicals and pollution. I’d also recommend focusing on exfoliation over the warmer months, this helps boost cell turnover for fresh looking and feeling skin.

What are the telltale signs you should look for from over exposure or allergy issues?
The main sign to look out for is any type of skin sensitivity. This might include sensitivity to touch, visible redness, feeling itchy and developing pimples. If these signs start to become visible, I’d recommend to stop using your products and apply cool compress to take out heat. Aloe Vera is your best friend this summer!

 

How do you know when to get skin spot checks?
If it itches, changes shape, has an irregular edge to the shape, or if it’s totally new – better to be safe than sorry.

 

For more information visit www.foreo.com

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