Summer skincare tips 16th Jan 2018 | By Dr Kesiree Naidoo It’s summer and you want to look your best! You may find yourself confronted with some skin problems that leave you feeling less confident. Here we look at a few common summer skin concerns with advice on how to manage them. DRY SKIN Chemicals and salt water from swimming pools can cause excessive skin dryness. Similarly, air conditioning in offices and cars removes essential moisture from the skin, resulting in dehydration, dryness and sensitivity. Solution: Don’t forget to moisturise your skin in summer. You may want to change to a lighter moisturiser or serum for the day, and opt for a richer night cream. Apply your daily moisturiser before your sunscreen. Apply moisturiser after cleansing, when the skin is still warm and slightly damp for maximum absorption. A weekly masque could give you an added boost of moisture. Recommended Products: Neostrata Bionic Face Serum Obagi Skin Rejuvenation Serum Obagi Advanced Night Repair SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque SUNBURN Excessive sun exposure can cause damage to the DNA of skin cells leading to photo-ageing (fine lines, wrinkles and solar keratosis) and skin cancer. Solution: Stay out of direct sunlight. Wear a hat, sunglasses and UV-protective clothing when outdoors, and reapply a broad spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 30). Choose a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB. Apply sunscreen half an hour before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours, particularly after swimming. Recommended Products: Heliocare 360 Mineral Heliocare Spray SPF 50 Heliocare Ultra Capsules SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defence SPF 50 SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defence SPF 50 BREAKOUTS Acne and skin breakouts may worsen in the summer months because of humidity and perspiration. Occlusive and oily sunscreens can contribute to the problem. Solution: Cleanse the skin with an appropriate facewash to target blocked follicles. Ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid help remove dead surface skin cells. A weekly masque may also be beneficial. Don’t be tempted to squeeze or scratch acne spots as this could lead to pigmented marks and blemishes with sun exposure. Recommended Products: Neostrata Clarifying Facial Ceanser 4PHA SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Defense SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque Enjoy summer, but take care and don’t allow yourself or your loved ones to burn! Complete our skin assessment for more product recommendations. If you need any help with choosing a suitable product, email our skincare therapist who is always available to assist.