1. Sun protection, sun protection, sun protection
I always recommend using sun protection all year around. The reason for this is that while the burning UVB rays are much weaker in winter, the skin ageing UVA rays don’t fluctuate as much throughout the seasons. My recommendation is to wear an SPF30-50 to slow down the ageing process and keep your skin in optimal condition long-term. However, should you have down-graded your SPF (or even worse, not used one) in the winter, then now is certainly the time to go back to daily SPF – no excuses.
2.Exfoliate your body The ground rule of basic skincare is to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don't get rid of them, they'll just set in on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you're never going to have glowing skin if you don't exfoliate. At Skin4u we use our body duo Hydra Loofah and Maximum moisture to keep skin in top condition during the summer months
3. Focus on antioxidants
"Another absolutely mandatory ingredient for the summer is a high-grade antioxidant product (containing vitamin C or polyphenols). Again, however, I would recommend using this all year round anyway, as it also helps protect from other forms of oxidative stress, such as pollution."
4. Eat the rainbow
Here are some foods that are full of antioxidants and nutrients that feed your skin and your body :
CHOSE RED AND PURPLE VEGETABLES
diced tomato (sun-dried would be good too!)
diced red pepper (or roasted red peppers)
finely sliced radish
raw grated, steamed or roasted beet (red, striped or golden)
finely sliced raddichio
finely sliced red cabbage
roasted ube (purple yam)
diced, finely sliced, pickled or roasted red onion
I use raw grated beetroot and finely sliced red cabbage.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF RED AND PURPLE VEGETABLES
The phytonutrients that give red and purple vegetables their colour come along with powerful health benefits. Deeper, richer colours mean the vegetables are rich in phytonutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and these nutrients have been shown to help prevent cancer, fight chronic illnesses, and strengthen the immune system. Red vegetables get their colour from lycopene and anthocyanin. Lycopene is an important antioxidant that has been shown to reduce heart disease, promote healthy eyes and help fight infection. Anthocyanins, which are also found in purple vegetables such as purple cabbage, help protect the liver, reduce blood pressure and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Try a Treatment
Certain in-clinic treatments, such as Enzyme Therapy are a great addition to your routine for the summer. Enzyme Therapy nourishes the skin from the inside to help protect and repair low-grade sun damage, as it often contains a high-grade mix of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.
Make water your best friend
At least 8 glasses of water are needed. If possible, carry a water bottle with you and remember to drink at least once every 30 min. Water not only helps you feel fresh, but it also prevents dehydration and will help wash out a lot of toxins.