Summer Skincare - Tips & Advice
As the weather warms up and we start spending more time outdoors, it’s important to take care of our skin. The sun’s UV rays can damage our skin (i.e. sunburn, dryness, prickly heat, premature wrinkling, etc.), the change in weather can affect sensitive skin and hay fever can also trigger allergy prone skin.
Here are our top tips to help take care of your skin this summer:
Slip, Slop, Slap!
Regardless of your skin type, you should always protect your skin against the sun’s UV rays. Use sun care when outside even if it’s cloudy. Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours after swimming. Always choose a high protection sun screen (especially for children) – minimum 30 SPF.
Skingredient’s Skin Shield SPF 50 is a lightweight and moisturising daily sun protection. It’s great to apply before your make-up and to provide UVA, UVB, infrared, pollution and blue light protection. We also recommend La Roch-Posay’s Anthelios range (ideal for sensitive skin) and Vichy’s Ideal and Capital Soleil ranges.
Other ways to protect:
Seek shade when the sun is at its hottest, between 11am - 3pm.
Cover up with clothes – light long sleeved/legged clothes or a wide brimmed hat will help protect you from UV radiation.
Slap on a hat with a wide brim to protect your face, ears and neck.
Wear UV protected sunglasses to help protect your eyes.
After Sun Products
Too much exposure to UV light can make your skin red and painful – sunburnt. To help treat a sunburn or over exposure to the sun, we recommend after sun products like La Roche Posay’s Posthelios or Vichy Ideal Soleil After Sun Milk to help replenish moisture in the skin and may help relieve symptoms.
If you are sunburnt, we also recommend applying a first aid cooling gel, a cold compress, drinking plenty of fluids and taking a painkiller if there is pain or inflammation.
Skincare for Hay Fever
For individuals with allergy-prone skin that flares up during the hay fever season, we recommend La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Ultra range. A skincare range specifically designed to comfort sensitive, reactive skin and make it less sensitive day after day.
The Toleriane Ultra Eye Cream is ideal to hydrate and soothe irritated or dry skin around the eyes. It is proven to immediately alleviate skin discomfort as well as reduce skin sensitivity around the eyes, day after day.
Prickly Heat / Heat Rash
Heat rash (aka prickly heat) can affect all ages during hot, humid weather. Heat rash develops when blocked pores (sweat ducts) trap sweat under your skin. Symptoms range from prickly or intensely itchy skin, superficial blisters to deep, red lumps. Heat rash can clear on its own, but here are some tips to treat & prevent:
Antihistamines like Cetrine tablets for adults and Cetrine liquid for children can be used to reduce symptoms of itching along with a calamine lotion.
Aloe vera gel or after sun lotion can cool and soothe the affected areas and if kept in the fridge can be extra cooling on the skin.
A cold or lukewarm shower can relieve symptoms.
Avoid using creams and ointments that contain petroleum or mineral oil, which can block the pores further
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body and skin hydrated.
Face masks can give your skin some extra TLC as well as providing a cooling effect. We recommend placing your face mask in the fridge prior to use, so it can provide a cooling sensation.
We recommend the Vichy’s Mineral 89 face mask - A 10 minute tissue mask enriched with 89% Vichy Mineralizing Water and natural origin Hyaluronic Acid for instant skin recovery and up to 24 hours hydration.
Also the Seoulista range has a collections of masks to suit your specific skin concerns including, Super Hydration (coconut mask infused with hyaluronic acid), Charcoal detox cleansing mask, brightening mask infused with vitamin C & AHA’s and Clam and Correct mask to reduce redness, skin irritation and blemishes.
Thermal Waters & Mists
These are a great way to refresh and hydrate the skin when on the go. We recommend Vichy’s Mineralising Thermal Spa Water - a refreshing mist to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and leave it looking healthy and glowing.
Choose a foundation with SPF included to help give your skin the protection it needs. Vichy’s Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation is a high coverage long hold foundation that provides a natural flawless finish and is SPF 25 – 35 (depending on the shade).
Help protect your skin and opt for a self tan instead of overexposing your skin the sun’s UV light. We have a range of self tan in-store including bBold, BPerfect, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, St. Tropez, SoSu Dripping Gold, Bellamianta, Rimmel Sunshimmer and more (ranges vary by store).
For further skincare advice visit your local Hickey’s Pharmacy and one of our trained team members can assist you. Find your local Hickey’s Pharmacy here.