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Changing your skincare during the summer is just as important as adjusting your makeup, especially if you suffer from oily skin which is a nightmare to control during the warmer months of the year. If you didn’t catch the first part of our makeup overhaul for summer, definitely check it out before embarking on our skincare routine.
Below are just a few of our suggestions to keep your skin looking it’s best during the summer time.
Keep skin looking hydrated by choosing a daily moisturiser with added SPF. Don’t go crazy and choose something that contains over 50+ since the odds are, that it doesn’t actually give you more protection. Anything between 15-30+ will be enough to last under your makeup, and you can always touch-up throughout the day (especially if you’re outside at the pools or at the beach).
Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser, $23.99
Don’t forget about protecting your lips from sun damage! This is especially important since lips show some of the first signs of damage by harmful UV rays. Keep a compact lip balm in your makeup bag, and touch-up as many times as you like!
If you’re already suffering from burnt or chapped lips, choose a product which is packed with aloe vera – this will fix your lips in no-time.
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, $6.95
You may find that the texture of your skin all changes when the weather takes a turn (for better and for worse). One of the easiest ways to start with a solid skincare routine is by using a neutralising toner – you want something to regulate your skin without overly drying it out. Apply a few drops onto a cotton pad, then dab onto freshly cleansed skin. Focus on problem areas such as the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.
Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $33
Even though the weather might make your skin feel heavy and oily, that’s still no reason to avoid using a serum on your skin. Serums work in a variety of different ways to cure many different skin problems – they even out dry patches, hydrate the skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, decrease dark circles, and also make skin feel soft and youthful.
You can apply a serum in the morning, under your makeup, and even at night before going to bed. Apply just 2-3 drops into your hands and pat softly onto the forehead, cheeks, nose, and over the chin. Wait for it to settle completely before layering with other skincare products.
Tarte Maracuja Oil, $46
What better way to effectively remove all the gunk and dead skin cells from your face? Use a powdered exfoliator which is gentle for even sensitive skin types, and doesn’t leave your face looking red and itchy afterwards.
The best time to exfoliate is before going to bed, so lather up and don’t forget to work the product into your neck. Follow-up with a nourishing night moisturiser which will put back all the moisturise that your skin has just lost.
Indeed Laboratories Facial Powdered Exfoliator, $27.99
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Lots of beauty and skincare brands have been promoted serums as the ‘the next big thing’ recently and, while I’m more than happy to jump of every latest beauty bandwagon, it’s worth your while to investigate exactly what a serum does and whether you should include into your own skincare regime. Dr Ehsan Jadoon from ICCM in Sydney answered a couple of the most pressing questions about the beauty world’s current ‘it’ product.
What are the main benefits of using a serum?
“Serums contain the most potent dose of active ingredients. I prescribe the asap skin products range of serums, as they have a unique delivery system and contain optimum-strength active ingredients such as antioxidants, peptides and skin brighteners. asap serums have a smaller molecular size than most moisturisers, so are able to penetrate deeper into the lower dermal layers, resulting in faster and longer-lasting results.
A main concern for my patients is their skin texture, and in particular, holding enough hydration in their skin. I find that asap’s super B complex is the answer. This product not only intensively hydrates with Hyaluronic Acid and Resveratrol, but its antioxidant complex and Niacinamide components can help with skin conditions like acne and rosacea. This is also a secret used amongst celebrities to enhance that natural glow we see radiating from their skin.
asap’s new radiance serum is ideal to unclog blocked pores and increase cell renewal. It contains a powerful AHA/BHA complex that also brightens and resurfaces dull skin, making it a great overnight depigmentation treatment and perfect for acne skin types.
For general skin maintenance and to improve overall skin clarity, I would suggest using an antioxidant-rich serum. asap super C serum, with the powerful combination of Vitamin C and antioxidant, Idebenone, encourages cell renewal, keeping skin looking younger for longer as well as tackling signs of premature ageing.
How does a serum’s action differ to a cream?
A cream, such as a moisturiser, sits on top of the epidermis due to its large molecular size, which means it is unable to penetrate as deep into the skin. That doesn’t mean moisturisers don’t have excellent skin benefits. The inclusion of water-binding agents in all asap’s moisturisers (such as Hyaluronic Acid), plus antioxidants and vitamins, makes skin appear smoother, improves texture, help barrier function and protects against environmental damage.
Serums are ideally used in conjunction with a moisturiser to help seal nutrients and prevent moisture from evaporating. To get the best results possible from your skin care regime you should always use a serum prior to applying a moisturiser.