The health of your skin can be affected by the intense heat usually experienced during an Australian summer. It’s easy to forget that a ‘healthy’ tan is actually evidence of skin damage, and that the outer layers of your skin are the most susceptible to environmental damage.
Keeping your skin healthy and glowing this summer need not be as difficult as it sounds, as long as you follow a few tried and tested tips.
Keep your skin clean and clear of dirt and grime by cleansing every day. And not just your face; if your upper back is prone to pimples, it’s because it’s a hotspot for perspiration and you haven’t been keeping it clean enough. Look for cleansers with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, which help kill bacteria and unplug blocked pores.
The natural exfoliation process slows down with age, so daily exfoliating becomes even more important the older you get. Accumulated dead skin cells block your skin from absorbing moisture and can cause dryness, as well as ingrown hairs. This can be fixed by using a scrub made of soluble granules, such as sea salt or sugar, which are effective at removing dead skin cells while not being so harsh as to damage your skin.
Every cleansing or exfoliation should be followed immediately afterwards with an effective moisturiser. This will help repair dry skin before the dead skin cells can build up again. You can also use a lactic or glycolic acid lotion to unplug hair follicles that appear as irritating white bumps on your skin. We recommend that you use over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams to stop ingrown hairs, and a foot cream to prevent cracked heels.
Applying sunscreen should be part of your daily routine. Uneven skin toning and dark spots are often the result of sun damage, and the best treatment is prevention. Daily application of sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is an essential long-term investment in healthy skin. There are even vitamin-rich options available that won’t clog pores and undo all of your other skincare efforts.