It’s time to face the sun! Makeup artist Debbie Ellis shares her top skincare tips and products for the warmer weather.
A warmer climate can cause a higher rate of oil (serum) production by your sebaceous glands, leaving your skin shiny rather than glowing. Using a gel cleanser for effective removal of oil and sweat residue from the skin’s surface can be helpful during the spring and summer months. Look out for cooling, soothing and disinfecting natural ingredients like peppermint, aloe vera, lavender and tea tree oil.
Keep your moisturiser light, harnessing the naturally nourishing powers of ingredients like cucumber, primrose oil, argan oil, jojoba seed oil and flower extracts.
Look after your lips this summer by staying hydrated and keeping them moisturised with safe natural ingredients like shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E.
The number one summer skincare essential is, of course, sun protection.
Your skin makes vitamin D naturally when it is exposed to UV rays from the sun. How much vitamin D you make depends on many things, including how old you are, how dark your skin is, and how strong the sunlight is where you live. Whenever possible, it’s better to get vitamin D from your diet or vitamin supplements rather than from exposure to UV rays. Dietary sources and supplements don’t increase skin cancer risk and are typically more reliable ways of getting the amount of vitamin D you need.
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF UV RADIATION
*UVA rays have the least energy of all the UV rays. They can cause skin cells to age, as well as inflict some indirect damage on the DNA of cells. UVA rays are mainly linked to long-term
skin damage such as wrinkles, but they are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers.
*UVB rays have slightly more energy than UVA rays. They can directly damage the DNA in skin cells, are the main cause of
sunburn, and are thought to cause most skin cancers.
*UVC rays have more energy than the other types of UV rays.
Fortunately, because of this, they react with the ozone high in
our atmosphere and don’t reach the ground, so they are not normally a risk factor for skin cancer. But UVC rays can also
come from some manmade sources, such as arc welding torches, mercury lamps, and the UV sanitising bulbs used to kill bacteria and other germs (for example in water, air, food, or on surfaces).
It’s not possible (or healthy) to avoid sunlight completely, but there are ways to help ensure you’re not getting too much sun:
*Wear a hat to protect your head, face and neck.
*Wear sunglasses that block UV rays to protect your eyes and the skin around them.
*Use sunscreen to help protect skin that isn’t covered with clothing.