Blemishes & breakouts are often more common in summer. High humidity, high temperatures in combination with city pollution causes clogged pores and may contribute to the formation of acne. So when its hot and humid its even more important that you take care of your skin with the right product and treatments.
Summer skincare for blemishes – back to basics:
Always cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day, stay out of the sun and wear a sunblock when necessary. Use natural products, and avoid mineral oil makeup.
“Simple hygiene habits can help prevent breakouts from introducing bacteria”. These include changing the pillowcase regularly and not touching your face or leaning into your hands at your desk.
At the Clear Skin Clinic we offer the easy to use ASAP products and Dermalogica skin care range that includes some of the best cleansers and exfoliating facial scrubs suitable for most skins, in particular acne prone skin.
Dee advises that it is always important to repair damage and protect the skin. She recommends people buy one excellent product that will target both protection and repair. If you have to choose one product, opt for a good quality vitamin A, C, E serum and apply it daily such as the Environ AVST range products. On top of the serum, use a natural moisturizer. The light version of the blue cream – Dr Spiller Collagen Aqua Plus – is perfect for the humid Sydney summer weather. It has a high content of collagen hydrolysates that help firm and smooth the skin and increases moisture retention.
Treatment tip: The Clear Skin Clinic signature facials with extractions “Steam & Squeeze”.
Exfoliate to maintaining healthy & radiant skin
Exfoliation has many benefits. It stimulates the skin, removes the skin’s outer layer, and improves circulation and appearance of fine lines. It also helps prevent acne by removing dead skin cells from clogging pores and makes it easier for the skin to absorb products. Dee recommends a gentle (weekly) scrub such as Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub.
Lactic acid is also effective as it helps both refine and thicken the skin that starts to thin as we age. “It creates moisture within the skin’s layers and is also the only AHA responsible for collagen production.” Dee Davies, Skincare Specialist.
Product tip: Environ Intensive Revival Masque a.k.a. “Facelift in a bottle” is a powerful take home treatment with a unique combination of ingredients. It contains Asiatic, Mandelic and Lactic Acid – ingredients that create multiple benefits, giving you a smoother, radiant, younger and more refined appearance.
Keep your skincare regime simple with natural products, and avoid mineral oil makeup with binders and fillers that block the pores. Dee recommends true mineral makeup as it doesn’t block the pores and allow the skin to breath. A wonderful brand we stock is the Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder. It’s ideal for people who suffer from skin problems such as eczema or rosacea, and provides broad spectrum SPF 20 and UVA P++ protection.
Protect your skin from the sun
Sun damages the skin. The sun breaks down supportive fibres, collagen and elastin, leading to accelerated wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, textural changes – and skin cancer. So rule number one to avoid the sun.
A smart sunscreen we recommend is the oil-free, broad-spectrum Mesoestetic Dermatological Sun Protection SPF 50+, It’s great for acne-prone skin, and ideal for skin that requires lipid-free moisturising products. It also helps prevent skin ageing and the occurrence of hyperpigmentation. Available at the CSC.
“Excess bathing, especially in hot water, dehydrates the skin. Use tepid water and keep it brief.” Stress also slows down lipid production, so find a way to relax that works for you – Dee.
Last but not least: stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. It’s one of the best and cheapest ways to get clear, healthy and flawless skin, no matter the weather!
For more information:
Phone: (02) 9327 5033
The CSC team