Summer can be harsh on your skin, especially in Australia. You can end up with dry, flaky skin from too much time in the sun sans protection, or with overly oily skin from those over 35 degree days with high humidity. If you’ve been missing your pre-holiday smooth, baby soft skin, here’s how to get it back after summer.
Step 1: Hydration
Nothing beats adequate water intake to help keep your skin looking its best. Unfortunately, the holiday celebrations may have seen you drinking anything BUT water. Alcohol and too much coffee when travelling and celebrating can wreak havoc on your skin.
So start by getting 10 full glasses of water a day (sipping throughout the day) to stay hydrated. If spending the day sitting at your desk, make sure you have a bottle of water at hand and you will often find yourself sipping away more than usual.
Unfortunately, water in tea, coffee or soft drinks doesn’t count. Add a hint of lemon or lime juice if this entices you to keep up your h20 intake, otherwise, make sure it’s clean pure water without any sugary additives.
Step 2: Sleep
Your skin is your largest organ, and just like any other organ of your body, it needs to repair itself over night whilst you sleep. If you skimp on sleep, along with being tired and sluggish, you might often find that your skin doesn’t look as good, and can be more prone to breakouts and imperfections.
Sure, it’s hard to say no to parties and outings over the festive season, but as the celebrations die down, you should try to overhaul your sleeping habits and aim for the recommended 8 hours – trust us, your skin will thank you. As you get back into your regular routine, try to let your overall health, skin & body recover with the right amount of sleep on a regular basis.
Step 3: The right cleansing products
You may not want to hear this, but those pre-packaged face wipes that some of us depend on as a quick fix when we’re in a rush are a NO NO. Why? Because they often contain alcohol and other unfriendly ingredients that can upset the balance of your skin and do more harm than good. Makeup Remover wipes may become the all-to-easy alternative to cleansing whilst travelling or during busy periods, although you should always aim to keep a travel-size cleanser with you and not skimp on cleansing, even when you’re low on time.
Even more importantly, be sure you’re actually using the RIGHT products to suit your skin conditions. Ensure you are not inadvertently opting for harsh products that strip your skin of its natural oils (known to make acne or blemished skin worse).
If you are unsure that your current cleanser or skin products are working well for you, you should consider a skin consultation with one of our experienced Dermal Clinicians.
Our team of professional skin consultants will be able to help diagnose any skin problems you be experiencing, and recommend the best products for your skin type. At our Coco Ruby Clinic, we stock high quality Cosmeceutical skin products, such as Medik8 and Obagi, which provide product ranges for all skin tones & types.
Step 4: A facial Mask or IPL session
Not only can a good cleansing masks can remedy a lot of holiday skin care sins, it can also help you to relax & de-stress after a busy summer and festive period. Before you use a skin mask, ensure you are using a reliable product that works for your skin type and won’t cause any irritations. You should also look to gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin before applying a face mask to ensure you have a clean and bacteria-free base.
Alternatively, treatments like Laser Genesis, Pulsed Light treatments or Healite II Low Level Light Therapy can help. Contact our Dermal Clinicians for a skin consultation or appointment if you feel your skin needs a pick-me-up after a long, hot summer!
Step 5: A pep-up facial (try the benefit peel or a series of laser genesis treatments)
Find a facial that will work best for your skin by scheduling a skin care consultation and/or treatment with one of our experienced Dermal Clinicians.
Be sure you specify whether or not you want a treatment at your first appointment or if you’d prefer to have a skin consultation with one of our Dermal Clinicians first who can help to determine a smooth skin care plan, including a recommended at-home skin routine with our high quality, cosmeceutical products.
The cosmeceutical products we stock contain active ingredients that are able to penetrate deeper into your skin to harness their effectiveness, rather than off-the-shelf products which often don’t contain the level of active ingredients needed to penetrate into the deeper levels of the skin to help improve the condition and appearance of your skin.
If you don’t know the difference between the everyday products you can find off-the-shelf in pharmacies or supermarkets and high quality, cosmeceutical products with a high level of active ingredients, click here to read more.