Often the UK summers can be so fleeting, that preparing, nourishing and protecting your skin against the sun’s ill effects is often forgotten.
For most, a summer routine is following their normal routine and adding in some factor 30. As our skin reacts to the changes in temperature, we should be changing up our beauty routines. Due to increased temperatures in dry heat, our skin may begin to lack moisture, increasing the appearance of fine lines. As temperatures rise, you are more likely to sweat, causing problems for those who suffer with skin conditions like eczema. Most importantly, there is sun cream! A must need summer essential, however if not properly removed, can easily clog your pores and lead to break outs.
The Right Sunscreen
We have long left behind the assumption that sun cream will stop us tanning or is a miraculous solution that will protect us for endless hours, impervious to sweat, water and other activities. Although, there are still common misconceptions. Many people look only for The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and overlook other fundamental elements of a good sun cream.
Did you know that SPF50 only filters out 1% more UVB light than SPF30?
An SPF30 sun lotion protects you against 97% of UVB rays. An SPF50 protects you against 98% of UVB. It is far more important to apply sun lotions regularly and liberally, rather than to choose a very high factor sun lotion.
The SPF only indicates the level of protection against UVB radiation (B for ‘Burning’), in contrast, UVA rays (A for ‘Ageing’) can still be getting through. Consequently, causing long-term damage to the living skin cells in the deeper underlying layers of the skin. This accounts for approximately 90% of the signs of premature ageing.
All sunscreens available at the Fountain of beauty are:
- Broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection
- Suitable for children
- Natural tanning: Award winning lotions with high levels of organic ingredients
- Feed your skin: Vitamins A, C & E, Avocado and Marshmallow nourish and moisturise
- Anti-inflammatory: Green Tea, Chamomile and Myrrh soothe sensitive skin or those prone to skin allergies
- Antioxidant plant extracts: Rosemary, Green Tea and Edelweiss mop up free radicals, which cause ageing and cell damage
- Non pore-clogging: Other sun lotions often contain mineral oils and silicones. These form a synthetic barrier on the skin, like wrapping it in cling film – a major cause of prickly heat
Keep Covered Up
For those with paler more sensitive skins remember, clothing can be one of the most effective barriers between our skin and the sun. The closer the weave and the more skin covered – the greater the protection. Shoulders should always be kept covered as they easily and frequently burn.
Furthermore, this is especially successful if you lead an active lifestyle and as a result often forget to top up your sun cream. Always make sure to think about your skin, rather than what you look like whilst being active in the sun. Don’t give into fashion or appearance over your health.
The best way to keep on top of your skin’s health this summer is to alter your routine to fit the changes your skin goes through. This may involve changing products, or the frequency that you use them. Opting for a lighter moisturiser with an added SPF may be a simple way to adapt.
To balance your skin, you could treat yourself to salon treatments to thoroughly treat your skin. At the Fountain of Beauty we offer a Yon-Ka Paris Hydrasun Facial to rejuvenate and calm the skin after sun exposure, for more info on this service please ring the salon.
As a result of makeup and sun cream being used throughout the day, a stronger cleanser than you are used to may be needed. Making sure your pores are clear and your skin is healthy is key to keeping a wonderful summer glow.
If you are using an effective cleanser, soothe skin with a gentle toner and a deep moisturiser. An evening moisturiser may feel heavier than you are used to, however it will replace the vital moisture lost throughout the day.
To help keep skin clean and clear in the morning cleanse and then follow up with toner, a light moisturiser, and your sun cream. This should help keep your skin bright and dewy.
In the summer, your skin needs a minimum amount of makeup. Too much is uncomfortable and hot, as a result you will sweat it off before the end of the day. Why not ditch the foundation and go for a little counsellor under the eyes and on any problem areas, translucent powder to set and a little mascara to open the eyes. Furthermore, if you need foundation why not try a light tinted moisturiser.