With the weather hotting up, skincare expert and facialist Cecilia Ross reveals five tips for caring for your skin during a heatwave.
Hydration with hyaluronic
After excessive sweating during a heatwave, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and getting enough sleep. This is super important for protecting the skin, and externally I’d recommend adding a moisturising hyaluronic-based gel or serum to provide your skin with the moisture it needs without using anything too heavy, which could clog the pores. I love using hyaluronic because, with long-term use, it can improve your overall skin health, and it keeps your skin flexible, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Antioxidants such as vitamin C are ideal to add to your morning or evening routine, as they fight free radical damage, including UV rays and pollution, protecting the skin. I’d recommend applying your vitamin C and following with a hydrating moisturiser and then SPF. Vitamin C can also brighten the skin, prevent sun damage, and improve the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. Great for achieving that golden hour glow!
Smother with SPF- and what’s in your foundation isn’t enough
Use a high-quality SPF on your face, neck, arms and hands daily, ensuring you are regularly reapply throughout the day every two hours. Often women believe that if they have an SPF in their foundation, this is enough, but you need to apply before your foundation as the last step in your routine for maximum protection. SPF is the ultimate anti-ager, so it should be a step in your routine that you never miss out, even during the winter months.
Keep it light
When you’re moving from air-conditioned offices, this can be very drying for the skin, so I’d recommend layering up with light skincare and make-up products. To avoid clogging your pores, opt for lighter make-up products such as BB creams over heavy foundations, using concealer to conceal any dark under-eye bags or blemishes.
Freshen up with a facial mist
There are many affordable facial mists with skin-loving ingredients which you can spray on throughout the day for an instantly refreshing, moisture boost. Ideal for taking with you to work to hydrate on the go. Unlike spritzing water on your face, using a mist can replenish dry skin. Remember to let it air dry so that it can fully absorb into the skin.