The ultimate guide to looking after your skin and hair this summer
November 26, 2019 By Southpoint Tuggeranong
Pros to summer: it’s warm, it’s socially acceptable to eat ice cream before midday and you can spend all day outdoors. The cons of summer: oilier skin, ice cream binge-induced breakouts and dreaded pigmentation.
Your skin doesn’t need to take such a hiding. Combat warm weather beauty woes with our tips for protecting your skin and hair this summer.
1.Cleanse & exfoliate gently
You spent winter using cream or oil cleaners, but the summer heat calls for a gentle foaming option. La Roche-Posay Effacular Foaming Gel ($25.99 from Priceline) l is popular for a good reason: it’s gentle on sensitive skin but still helps the oily and acne-prone achieve that squeaky-clean feeling.
‘Tis the season to (gently) slough away dead skin. Go for a chemical exfoliant over a physical one (i.e. a scrub or exfoliating brush), which use mild acids to dissolve dead skin cells, revealing smoother, brighter skin. NIP + FAB Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads ($34.99 from Hairhouse Warehouse) are soaked in glycolic acid and witch hazel and can be used every other night depending on how sensitive your skin is.
2.Protect your skin
The key here is antioxidants. Usually found in serums, antioxidants like vitamin C help neutralise the damage caused by free radicals – especially when paired with SPF.
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% ($9.80 from Priceline) is a pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid, helping to combat signs of aging and increase moisture retention. Much like your skin, you should keep vitamin C products out of the sun, so its efficacy does not diminish.
If you can’t avoid keeping your skin out of the sun – and even if you can – you should be slip, slop, slapping the SPF on. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+ ($29.99 from Priceline) is a crowd favourite, thanks to its non-greasy, water-resistant and non-comedogenic formula. Hot tip: apply sunscreen to all the places that show age the quickest, i.e. the backs of hands, tops of feet, ears and neck, too.
3.Swap your moisturiser
Don’t skip moisturiser just because you think the extra layer of sweat on your face will keep things, well, moist. Moisturisers help fortify the outer layer of your skin, which in turn protects from pollutants and chemicals. For that quenched feeling without the grease, swap moisturisers that are thicker than double cream for an oil-free gel formula like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream ($26.99 from Priceline).
4.The eyes (and lips) have it
Ah, the most sensitive parts of your face. They actually don’t need all that much to keep them happy. FreezeFrame RevtialEYES ($69.99 from Priceline) helps with puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles. (Phew). Just remember to apply it with your ring finger, as it’s the finger with the softest touch.
Glossy, hydrating and with SPF? That’s Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30 ($14.99 at Priceline) for you. Stock up so you can lather up a pout that’s ready for all those #summer Instagram pics.
Please put down the supermarket shampoo and conditioner. We spend hours researching the minutia of ingredients to help our skin, evo Ritual Salvation Repairing Shampoo ($34.99 from Hairhouse Warehouse) Ritual Salvation Repairing Shampoo reduces breakage while improving manageability. Pair it with the matching conditioner and you’ll have Victoria’s Secret model-worthy locks in no time.
6.Wear a mask
Not the makeup kind, but a face mask that will battle congestion, texture and dullness. Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask ($50 from Hairhouse Warehouse) is so on trend, right down to the millennial-friendly shade. In this case, Australia kaolin clay helps remove pollutants and reduce skin inflammation.
Up top, Olaplex is your saving grace. If your hair is bleached, damaged, dry or just wigging out in the heat, Hair Perfector No. 3 ($49.99 from Hairhouse Warehouse) is the answer. This at-home treatment can be left in anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight, giving you that fresh salon feeling with minimal effort.