Who doesn’t love the feeling of those first rays of sunshine after finally packing away your jumpers and knitwear? You’re all ready to throw on a bikini and soak up some Vitamin D for a sunkissed tan but sometimes this doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. If you’re more prone to being flushed, sweaty and red after sun exposure rather than tanned and glowing, follow our tips on how to keep your skin cool for the summer…
Feeling Hot Hot Hot
It’s normal to feel hot and bothered during the summer as all skin types are sensitive to the heat in one way or another. The hot weather can increase the body’s water loss which can lead to dehydration, redness and heat rash so apply something that’s going to hydrate and calm like the iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum. This lightweight serum blankets the skin in soothing and hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 which instantly calm and restore a stressed complexion.
If your skin is prone to heat-induced eczema or angry-looking acne then the Skin Calming Aloe Gel from Vitage will provide rapid relief from any flare-ups. This ultra-lightweight, water-based gel is infused with Calendula, Chamomile and Aloe Vera to minimise redness and irritation. It quickly sinks into the skin to cool and replenish its moisture content to leave your face and body feeling soothed and comfortable.
Keep Cool and Carry On
If it’s normal for your skin to react badly to the heat of the summer, it’s a good idea to incorporate some new products into your routine that focus on soothing and cooling a stressed complexion. A top pick for us is the SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, a mean, green, skin calming machine packed with active botanicals including Cucumber, Thyme and Olive. It also contains a Calming Dipeptide which reduces the temperature of the skin on contact, minimising the intensity of the complexion’s reactivity to external aggressors and reducing uncomfortable sunburn.
Another product that can easily be swapped into any existing routine for a hit of hydration and comfort is the Rich Moist Soothing Serum from Klairs. This hydrating product contains Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera which replenish the skin’s moisture reserves while supporting the epidermal barrier, ensuring that moisture loss is kept to a minimum. When applied, this serum cools and calms the skin even when it’s at its worst, plus it sits comfortably under makeup.
Cool, Calm and Collected
We all know the feeling when you’ve been out in the sun all day or stuck in a clammy office and all you want to do is dive into a pool to cool down. When a quick dip isn’t an option, then go for a product that combats prickly heat and irritation like SENSAI’s Silky Bronze Soothing After Sun Repair Mask. This soothing mask contains a wealth of ingredients which deeply hydrate and soften parched skin while restoring a healthy plumpness and calming redness.
There’s nothing worse than heat-induced tightness but the After Sun Ampoules from BABOR instantly relieve that and any signs of inflammation caused by heat or sun exposure. Each potent ampoule contains Rosemary Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil to speed up recovery and boost the skin’s natural regenerative process, leaving the complexion calmer and more relaxed every time.