Come rain or shine, summer or winter, this is your skincare routine.
Since we are already in the midst of summer, it is more than important to slip-slop-slap before heading out into the hot sun.
While most sunscreens can feel super-greasy and cast a white shadow on both the face and body, there are a few select products which are worth the extra dollars.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid, $27.99
A lightweight, holy grail formula which has been used for years on movie sets, photo-shoots, and even on a daily basis. Apply a thin layer under your makeup to protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and possible sun damage.
Sisley Paris Super Stick Solaire Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $163
While this might seem a little excessive for a sunscreen – you can never be too safe with your skincare! The holly grail formula comes in both a nude and colourless shade for discrete protection during the summer. Apply over the lips, nose, cheekbones, and around the eyes for best results.
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA, $80
A powerful antioxidant-rich formula ideal for men and women who want a grease-free finish which is also waterproof. Apply generously over the face, neck, and entire body to keep your skin safe against potential sun damage.
You, Me and Everybody Shady Lady Daily Dace Milk SPF 30, $19.99
Protect your skin from sun damage by applying a pea-sized amount of this product under your makeup. The grease-free formula is perfect for those who already suffer from oily skin, since it won’t interfere with your current routine. Feel free to apply to to your neck, chest, and other areas exposed to the sun.
Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25, $36
One of the best sheer, broad-spectrum SPF formulas which is gentle on skin, and won’t clog your pores. Use on the delicate areas of your skin such as the mouth and around the eyes for extra protection against the sun.
What are some of your favourite non-greasy sunscreen formulas?
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There isn’t a right or wrong time to start introducing anti-wrinkle serums into your daily skincare routine. Sometimes factors such as age, skin damage, and sun-exposure can leave skin feeling dry and dehydrated, especially around the eyes and forehead.
Use these amazing serums if you want to brighten the appearance of your skin without going under the knife.
Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum, $19.99
Filled with antioxidants to make skin come alive, this lightweight eye serum is designed to reduce puffiness if used on a regular basis. Containing aloe vera, cucumber, and burdock to help dehydrated skin at any age.
Nuxe Nirvanesque Contour Des Yeux, $44.99
French pharmacy label, Nuxe have created a nourishing anti-wrinkle cream which is perfect for smoothing out those fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Over 80% of the ingredients are from natural products, so it won’t interfere with your skincare or makeup routine.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $75
Skin soothing avocado makes this eye cream a great option for women who want to de-stress their face. Packed with skin-loving nutrients, the gentle cream is ideal for tired eyes, and comes in a unique, fragrance-free texture for those who suffer from sensitive skin and breakouts.
SK-II Advanced Eye Treatment Film, $125
Treat your skin to a luxurious oil-free cream which boasts long lasting hydration around the delicate area around the eyes. Apply to freshly cleansed skin, and allow the serum to settle for 3-5 minutes before following up with a rich moisturiser.
What are some of your favourite anti-wrinkle serums?
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This is when your skin should look its best – so enjoy your prime time while it lasts, girls! BUT
- The first signs of ageing can start to appear in the late 20s if you’ve been out in the sun a lot, haven’t had a good skincare regime, or have very dry skin.
- Sometimes neglect of the skin or the use of products designed for older skin, or the pill can result in acne at this time.
- If freckles or brown spots appear they’re probably your first encounter with sun damage. These are removable, however. See your dermatologist about
- Skin allergies and rashes can show up in your 20s too – and are often caused by detergents, insecticides, stress, using many cosmetics and fragrances and a change in diet such as trying new foods.
20s skin winners: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Winslett, Drew Barrymore, model Shalom Harlow
This is the time when most women are at their most beautiful, as though they’ve ‘grown into’ their looks BUT
- This is the time when
- And just when many of us thought the acne thing was behind us in our teens, it turns up again for many in our 30s. It usually appears in the ‘hormonal zone’ around the chin, jaw and neck.
- Women who have had dry skin all their lives will by now have noticed lines around their
Bags may also appear, which could be caused by fluid from sinus or allergy problems. Antihistamines can help in these cases.
- Broken blood vessels, due to skin damage from pregnancy, high blood pressure, or excess alcohol, may begin to show around the nose and on the cheeks. These can be ‘zapped’ by a beauty therapist, though it may take a few visits to remove them completely.
30s skin winners: Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, all the original supermodels (Linda, Naomi, Helena) except Elle who’s had too much sun
40 is not considered ‘old’ these days, and with all the great products and treatments we have at our fingertips we can extend our youthful looks longer BUT
- At this age the skin is beginning to lose its tone and strength – it finds it difficult to support the pores, and they start becoming more visible and become enlarged. Skin refining lotions and astringents such as witchhazel will help temporarily.
- Yet another variety of acne – acne rosacea – often appears during this time. This is aggravated by stress, alcohol, spicy foods and extremes of hot and cold temperatures. It has a flushed appearance with blackheads and small pustules and can by treated by a dermatologist.
- Psoriasis also, although it can occur at any age, is most likely to appear now, its round red patches flecked with silvery scales showing first on elbows and knees.
40s skin winners: Isabella Rosselini, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rene Russo, Madonna
No matter how well you’re skin’s been looked after, or how lucky your genetic inheritance has been, the skin will by now begin to show its age.
- It is no longer receiving sufficient support and elasticity from the protein fibres, and the fatty deposits beneath the skin are disappearing, leaving it loose and flabby.
- Lines deepen into wrinkles, the skin dries and the drying skin itself becomes a problem, sometimes with side effects such as itching, slowness to heal, and a tendency to become infected.
- Little clusters of red lines called spider angiomata may appear, as may brown spots.
- Deterioration in skin colour is often due to poor circulation and may be improved with massage and exercise.
- Most serious of all, this is the time when skin cancer usually appears.
50+ skin winners: author Isabelle Allende, Cher, Sophia Loren, Barbra Streisand, Joan Collins, Liza Minelli
Skin and climate control
Whether it’s the change of seasons or your travelling to a place with an extremely different climate, the effects of temperature and humidity change will effect your skin.
Autumn-to-winter skin: You may find with the changing season that your skin is feeling drier beginning to get a little tight, flaky and/or itchy so now’s the time to switch to a richer moisturiser for maximum hydration. Be sure to keep up good summer habits such as exfoliation so the thicker moisturiser doesn’t clog your pores and cause break-outs.
Winter skin, and skincare in cold climates: Winter skin never seems to fit right and the culprits are both indoors and out. Outside the cold weather causes capillaries to dilate, taking vital moisture from the skin and slowing down the production of skin-soothing oils; inside heaters parch the air and our doonas over heat us. Some winter skin tips:
- Avoid coming in from the cold and sitting ‘on top of’ a roaring fire or heater which can lead to rupturing of fine blood vessels and eventually leave spider veins on the face;
- skip the soap;
- as well as using a rich cream on your face, switch from light milks to a heavier body lotion and hand cream;
- Avoid those very long, very hot showers which are so irresistible during the colder months, as they are very drying on the skin;
- consider blankets as doona and electric blankets over heat the skin resulting in breakouts.
Going from a temperate climate to tropical heat and humidity: Skin may become excessively oily, make up melts and hair goes limp or kinky. Keep skin extra clean, take a good toner to refresh skin, a cream to soothe break-outs, and a light moisturiser – and sunscreen of course.
Spring to summer, going to a place where it’s hot and arid: your skin will become dry, as will your lips from breathing in hot air. Moisturise with a non-fragranced medium-rich cream a few times a day, use a richer night cream, and keep a lip balm in your handbag.
Humidity plus air pollution, such as working in the city during summer or travelling to a place such as New York, Mexico City or Tokyo in high summer: You may find your skin looks grey and dirty even after cleansing, your make-up fades as soon as you apply it, and your skin breaks out in spots. Cleanse frequently and use a moisturiser for a skin type oiler than your own is naturally, and keep your make-up matte, such as one of the ‘stay-on’ brands to prevent it disappearing.