You know I never miss an opportunity to talk about sunscreen as skincare. It is key component of even the most basic routine and I believe it is one product no one should go without. So when social media told me that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I knew this was my chance to return to my favourite topic.
Now that summer is officially over, you may be noticing a few lingering dark spots on your face, hands and chest, even after your beach glow fades. This is known as pigmentation and is a direct result of sun exposure, specifically UVA, or ageing, rays.
When I see clients for facials, we always discuss skincare routines as I want to be sure they maximise their homecare programme. Between these conversations and Wellness Words, I find myself consistently referring to products I know will make a difference. So I thought it would be helpful to create a reference section on my website.
As the end of summer approaches, you may be thinking about the effect that sun has had on your skin over the past few months. It’s easy to see the damage we do when our skin burns. However, what we can’t see in real time is how UVA damages our skin and this is what brings us to today’s spotlight ingredient: ferulic acid.
Summer’s here and that means it's the easy season to apply sunscreen every day. With longer daylight hours and more time spent outside, most of us are quick to include it as part of our morning routine.
However, this often feels like a chore thanks to product formulation. When I’m sitting on the beach, a hat can hide the white glow left by physical sunscreens. And the sticky feeling on my limbs after application is just about bearable, but I'm sure it causes more sand to stick to me.
Hope you are enjoying the longest day of the year. Finally, the season we dreamed of during the dark and cold days of winter is with us. It’s time to take full advantage of the Vitamin D and warm temps.
Less always seems to be more in summer, which is why this is the perfect season to lighten up your makeup, opting for a tinted moisturiser instead of foundation, so you don’t find yourself melting during the day. My summer routine pares down to a touch of concealer and of course, bronzer. With tinted lashes, I often skip the mascara.
If you look almost anywhere these days, you’ll find ways to “solve” many skincare issues. Whether you want to lighten pigmentation thanks to too much sun, remove the “11s” between your brows that make you look permanently angry or lift what is falling, there seems to be a product or treatment that can “reverse” the ageing process and / or undo damage you may have inflicted on your skin during the folly of youth.
It’s the time of year where lists recapping the best of the past 12 months are everywhere. And because I love a list, I’ve used this concept to inspire skincare items that I can’t be without. Well, let’s be generous and call them skincare-related, remembering that I believe good skincare is the foundation on which everything else is built.
As a young, pale and freckled, ginger living in Florida, I was constantly besieged by sunshine. During a time when the maximum SPF available was about 8 and long before sun guard swim shirts were available, I went to bed each night wishing to wake up with brown hair and skin that tanned like my friend, Carol.
Although I have lived in the UK for over 14 years, I still think of the last weekend in May as the unofficial start to summer, thanks to years of celebrating Memorial Day in the US. And after a week of glorious weather in London, summer does seem to have come early here this year. Which makes it a great time to talk about sunscreen. Yes, again!