Summer skincare secrets

It’s not exactly news that the sun damages skin. But aside from the associated health risks, the heat wreaks havoc with our complexion. As well as the marks of premature ageing like fine lines and dark circles, the immediate effects are just as noticeable. Dry, lacklustre skin with blotches and black heads isn’t exactly the stuff of sun-kissed dreams.

Jergens’ brand ambassador and skincare expect, Dr. Seema Tannous, gave us the inside summer skincare knowledge.

Even skin tone: High exposure to the sun can cause unwanted freckles, blotching and discoloration. If you want to maintain an even skin tone, avoid sunbathing as much as possible and avoid direct exposure to the sun between 12pm to 4pm. In order to minimize the chances of skin damage, sun spots or sunburn, always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen lotion that contains the highest possible SPF, and reapply at least every two hours. To supplement your skin protection regime, try the Jergens Fair & Soft lotion which is designed to restore fair skin in six weeks.

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Cleanse and exfoliate: With soaring temperatures, we are likely to perspire more than usual. To avoid unsightly skin issues such as heat rash and to help prevent a build-up of sweat, washing twice a day will help to keep your skin feeling refreshed and glowing. Exfoliation is important throughout the entire year. For an at home solution, combine ground coffee, salt and coconut oil together to create a natural, antioxidant-full body scrub. I would also compliment this with the Jergens Skin Smoothing Gentle Exfoliating Moisturizer to smooth and improve the skin’s luminosity.

Avoid breakouts: In addition to the heat that the summer brings, high levels of sun exposure and air conditioning can dry your skin out. When our skin is dehydrated, the levels of oily sebum produced is likely to increase to compensate for this dryness; providing a good environment for bacteria which can result in acne breakouts.

Healthy lips: Dry lips are often associated with the winter season, when in fact the summer heat and strong air conditioning can also cause our lips to dry out and crack. Opt for a medicated lip balm that contains sunscreen, as using a lip-gloss alone will attract the harsh UV rays.

Hydration: It is important to remember that our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, which means the key to healthy skin starts from the inside out. To keep your skin hydrated during the hot weather and intense air conditioning, it’s important to drink a sufficient amount of water, paired with a wholesome balanced diet. I would also recommend using the Jergens Ultra Healing Dry Skin Moisturizer; a vitamin-infused moisturizer with an illuminating Hydralucence blend which will help to provide your skin with 24 hour moisture by leaving it looking and feeling beautiful.

Vitamins: If you’re looking to brighten up your complexion, sunbathing isn’t the best solution. Beautiful skin comes from within. What we consume in our day-to-day diet has a direct correlation with our skin’s health; therefore, I would recommend incorporating foods with vitamins A, C and E into your daily meals. Leafy green vegetables, berries, tomatoes and nuts are friendly skin foods. The Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer will also help to transform dull skin to radiant and beautiful.

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