By Gosia Liszewska, Transform Aesthetician

Summer is a difficult time for your skin so find out how to keep it in tip top condition to achieve the flawless skin you’ve always dreamed of.

What happens to our skin in the summer?

  • Skin is more prone to dehydration from the higher temperatures, air conditioning, humidity and the sun’s UV rays
  • Exposing your skin to the sun can be harmful in so many ways! If you get pigmentation it can prematurely age you and take away that all important glow. It can also be difficult to treat so it’s always better to prevent it in the first place
  • Photo ageing is when your skin has been damaged by the harmful UV rays and can result in dark spots, wrinkles, broken blood vessels and even skin cancer

How do we get healthy skin?  - quick fix Vitamin D

We love sun and sun loves us, but it has to be a healthy relationship. Sun is responsible for the Vitamin D in our body - one of the essentials of healthy skin. However, we only need between 15 to 20 minutes a day to get our necessary fix - even a short walk helps.

What treatments can I use? – longer term solutions

Some treatments can make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage so always discuss them with your practitioner and plan them carefully, particularly around any holidays.

The key to success is a daily skin care routine. Fundamentals of a summer regime include antioxidant serum and sun screen.

Antioxidant serum - Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant and offers many useful benefits:

  • Helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Calms inflammation
  • Brightens skin
  • Retains moisture
  • Protects against harmful free radicals

You can find vitamin C in our Obagi Professional – C Serum. Ask your local clinic for details.

Sun screen - Never ever forget about sunscreen!

At Transform our patients love the Heliocare range of high level SPF50. It is clinically proven to protect your skin and help prevent the signs of ageing. The skin-loving formulations will leave your skin feeling beautiful.

As well as these 2 essentials create a routine that includes:

1. Moisturiser – find the right one for your skin type

  • Skin dryness – Obagi Hydrate delivers long-lasting hydration for essential moisturization and rejuvenation.
  • Sensitive skin and sunburn - choose Epionce Medical Barrier cream. which restores the skin's protective barrier as well as calms down soreness and irritation.
  • Toning and firmness - make sure you use Epionce Enriched Firming Mask - an intensely hydrating mask which repairs, strengthens and fortifies the skin barrier

 2. Problematic skin

Use light formulation products that won't clog pores on hot days. Epionce Lite Lytic lotion contains a low percentage of salicylic acid to reduce acne spots and is also great for rough skin.

Don’t like the sticky feeling from some products? You can introduce a toner to your summer skin care routine. Clenziderm Pore Therapy toner is based on 2% salicylic acid which helps to reduce congestion, inflammatory break outs, open pores and is a fantastic alternative to chemical peels during the summer months.

The Epionce Lytic cleanseris also a popular face wash full of botanical exfoliating extracts that will remove congestion and keep skin fresh.

3. Exfoliation – prepare your skin!

You should plan your facial peels in advance – May is the perfect month as it will give your skin time to settle down and regenerate before the sun comes our fully. A gentle glycolic peel or Blue Peel Radiance and soft microdermabrasion will work to improve the appearance of pores, provide skin clarity and will give a boost to dull skin. Make sure that you plan your treatment 4 weeks before going away and you must ensure you use sun protection after the treatment.

Summer is all about protection and prevention. Come to our clinic and our practitioners will advise and choose your essential summer skin care to create an individual treatment plan that will be most suitable for your skins needs. Remember that sun screen in combination with antioxidant (Vitamin C) provide the most genuine basic protection against sun damage. Support skin hydration not only with topical products, but also by drinking 1.5 litres of water a day – it doesn't cost a lot!

Find out more about the right skin products for you by talking to your local clinic.