Tips to Protect your Skin and Maintain your Glow this Summer!

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With all the excitement that Summer brings from sun holidays to sporting events and lots of time spent outdoors, it’s important to protect your skin from the elements as you get set to reveal a bit more skin. Here are some top tips to help you protect your skin and maintain a golden glow all Summer long!

Exfoliate for Smooth, Clear Skin

Exfoliate your skin every morning before applying toner, moisturizer, SPF, makeup or bronzer. Exfoliation removes dead and dull skin to leave your skin smooth and clear. Your makeup and spray tan will last a whole lot longer when your skin is exfoliated before application. Treatments such as microdermabrasion and jet peel hydrofacial offer a stronger form of exfoliation to rejuvenate your skin by removing the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.

Pre-holiday we recommend: Crystal Microdermabrasion or Jet Peel Hydro facial for a deep exfoliation of the face and neck.

During holidays we recommend: For the face; Yonka Guarana Scrub, a triple action scrub purifies, polishes, and invigorates the skin. For the body; Dermalogica body scrub for all skin conditions, a creamy, lightly foaming body scrub.

Hydrate Inside and Out

Hydration is essential to maintaining healthy skin. Hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of water, even more so in the sun as you will be more dehydrated. It’s recommended to drink up to 8 glasses of water each day. Masques are a perfect way to hydrate the skin, use a masque once or twice a week and treat yourself to a regular facial. Toners offer an instant spritz of hydration, always carry your toner with you whether you’re in work, on a plane or heading to the beach. Some tanning salons offer pre-hydration spray treatments to normalise your skin’s PH balance. By hydrating your skin before you tan you will ensure longevity as well as a more even tan.

Pre-holiday we recommend: Infinity Sun pre-hydration body treatment; before you spray tan to hydrate your skin and ensure optimum tanning results. Yonka Hydralessence or Hydra No.1 Facial; to regain and maintain long-lasting levels of hydration.

During holidays we recommend: Dermalogica multi-active toner travel size; for an instant boost of hydration on the go. Infinity Sun Hydrating Skin Extender; keeps the skin soft and silky and maintains the life of your tan with this intense body moisturiser. Also available with Shimmer for a little bit of added sparkle.

SPF by Day, Bronze by Night

If exposing your skin to the sun or when holidaying abroad, make sure to cover up with plenty of SPF sun protection and remember to re-apply generously every 2 hours, being burnt is not a pretty sight! Avoid being in the sun when it’s the hottest from mid-morning to late afternoon and remember exposing your skin to the sun accelerates ageing of the skin. Never substitute your SPF with sunless tan or bronzer as they don’t normally contain any SPF protection. Our suggestion when in the sun; SPF it up by day and get a spray tan or use bronzer to top up your glow by night!

Pre-holiday we recommend: Infinity Sun luxury bronze or ultra dark spray tan

During holidays we recommend: Dermaceutic SPF 50. Infinity Sun glow on the go natural bronzing mist with walnut and vanilla extract to top up your tan on the go.

Treat and Repair Sun-Damaged Skin

If you manage to get caught off guard and end up getting burnt in the sun, make sure you treat the affected area with a cooling gel to soothe and reduce redness. Products containing aloe vera have a soothing and cooling effect on the skin and are perfect for after sun mositurising. There are also some great repair creams available such as Dermaceutic K Ceutic, an intensive repair cream with K complex and SPF 40 to accelerate the skins healing process. Continue to use SPF when in the sun.

Maintaining Your Glow

The damaging photoaging effects of the sun on your skin are just not worth a temporary tan. Keep your spray tan in check and you will ensure your skin stays younger for longer. To maintain the perfect spray tan, exfoliate and hydrate before you tan. Once sprayed, wait as long as possible to shower for your spray tan to develop fully. Top up in between sessions using a bronzing mist and/or bronzer for the face. Use oil-free mosisturisers and body wash to ensure you don’t strip away your tan premeturely and use tinted moisturisers to maintain your glow further. Spray tan 1-2 times per month and at least 24 hours before special ocassions.