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how to cool and soothe skin in summer

How to build an effective summer skincare routine

How to cool and soothe summer skin

From longer, brighter days, to warmer weather and trips to the seaside, there’s so much to enjoy in the summer months. But if you find that more time outdoors and greater exposure to the sun is problematic for your skin, then you aren’t alone. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, the summer months can present a host of concerns – from skin irritation, itchiness and sensitivty.

But with a little forward thinking, you can help to prevent such problems from occurring and leave your summer skin feeling cool and soothed. Here’s how…

Prep your skin with lightweight skincare

As you change your wardrobe from the winter to the summer, you should also make tweaks to your skincare routine too. Say goodbye to heavier, oil-rich serums and moisturisers and replace with lighter non-comedogenic formulas that will cope better with humidity.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective serum, for example, is a light, oil-free face serum designed to comfort irritation and promote a clear, fresh-looking complexion. It can also help to improve the appearance of discolouration and an uneven skin tone. Apply two to three drops after cleansing to instantly cool and soothe your skin, and don’t forget to pack it on your next warm-weather holiday when your skin will be more exposed to sunshine and irritants such as sea water.

Alternatively, SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier is a great way of keeping your skin hydrated in the summer. Ultra-lightweight yet incredibly hydrating, it works by helping to increase your skin’s natural hyaluronic acid levels – the protein responsible for giving your complexion its bounce and texture. You should see a noticeable improvement in your skin texture, including the appearance of crow’s feet and deeper lines.

For an extra dose of comfort in the evening, apply a thin layer of Phyto Corrective Masque, a calming botanical formula that is oil-free, yet leaves the skin feeling ultra-hydrated. It also delivers an intense cooling sensation to the skin making it ideal after a day at the beach or post-treatment. Alternatively, SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque is a great way to cool and soothe summer skin with a gel texture that uses hyaluronic acid and vitamin b5 to infuse dehydrated skin with moisture. Apply it after your evening cleanse to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth by morning.

Protect the skin against environmental aggressors

One major cause of skin reactivity in the summer can be aggressors in our environment such as pollution, hayfever, UV rays and smoke. And while we can’t completely avoid them, we can help to protect our skin against them in order to reduce feelings of discomfort and the appearance of flushing and irritation.

SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer is a calming gel cream that is formulated using a combination of natural plant ingredients and biomimetic peptides. These ingredients work together to provide the skin with comfort, making it feel cooler and reducing the appearance of visible signs of discomfort.

You should also protect your skin from environmental aggressors such as UV by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen each day. SkinCeuticals has a range of formulations developed for many different skin types – from oily and blemish-prone to dry and sensitive.

Keep cool on the move

If you find that your skin becomes itchy and uncomfortable in the summer months, you should try and keep your skin cool throughout the day. Carry a mineral mist spray in your bag when you’re on the move to bring instant cooling comfort to your body and face and take a cool shower if the temptation to itch is becoming too overwhelming. This should bring your overall body temperature down and offer some relief.

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