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We know that you’ll probably grab every moment you can to be outdoors throughout this summer, especially given that we've just entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Swimming (at the beach or a pool), sunbathing and summer sports are all part of the enjoyment of hot summer days which in turn aid our mental and physical wellbeing; however they can also bring new challenges to the skin. We've put together some great lifestyle tips which will help your skin maintain its healthy summer glow & make you feel better inside and out!
Eating a varied diet, full of natural, organic, colourful ingredients will do wonders for your skin, your body and your wellbeing. Make sure your diet includes a medley of fresh veg as this will give your immune system a boost (a strong immune system is vitally important right now), improve your energy levels and give you wonderfully clear skin. Try to avoid processed foods and foods packed with sugar as the chemicals in them will lead to impurities in your skin.
Drinking water helps to flush toxins and waste products from our body, prevents dehydration, and helps us look better, too. Start your day with a glass of water with some freshly squeezed lemon in it. This will kick-start the detoxification of your skin each day. Healthy skin is hydrated skin so if you want your skin to look good you have to drink plenty.
Regular exercise helps improve physical, chemical and emotional health. And by making us feel good, it helps our skin look good. Exercise is something our bodies crave and frequently don’t get enough of. It’s a great way to let off steam and reduce stress as well as helping our body release endorphins which make us feel good. Regular exercise isn’t about getting sweaty in a gym, it can be anything from a lunchtime walk to cycling to work.
4. GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep! The body goes into repair and recovery mode when it sleeps. By sleeping better you’ll be giving your skin a chance to recover and retain its healthy glow rather than looking tired and drained.
Whether it’s our face oil or an oil for your body, the regular use of oil on your skin this summer will help protect it, nourish it and let its beauty shine through. You’ll be surprised at how much more oil your skin will ‘drink’ in hot weather, just like us, the skin will become thirsty in the heat and in need of extra nourishment to maintain its healthy glow. Of course, do use a high natural sun screen when out in the sunshine and try and avoid over exposure at peak times.
Don’t forget your hair! Your hair can also ‘suffer’ from the summer sun (chlorine and salt after swimming included), so don't forget to use a product to help restore and fortify it from roots to tips.
Notes from Dr Spiezia
Customers and patients often ask me why they should use oil on the skin... The answer comes with a very simple question back: if you use water do you think you can clean you face from dead cells and pollutants?
You can use water to refresh your face but not to cleanse or nourish it! Every time we have a shower, if we use too much shower gel or soap (particularly if they contain harsh chemicals) or a coarse exfoliating mitt to rub our skin, we alter or even destroy the skin’s hydro-lipidic barrier making it more vulnerable and prone to damage when exposed to the sun rays, sea water, chlorine (swimming pool) and wind, all of which contribute to a fast ageing.
Therefore after a swim in the sea or swimming pool, use as post shower treatment an organic intensely nourishing body oil to replenish the skin with pure and nutrient oils, massage it firmly on damp skin until absorbed: the oils will mimic the effect of the natural sebum, produced by the skin sebum glands and make skin nourished and supple.
Hair is often neglected so do not forget to give it some good nourishment massaging in a rich oil blend prior to shampooing.
With your face the job is a bit more complex simply because the face is more exposed to the elements therefore more delicate and needs attention. Cleanse and tone at least once a day. Never go out in the morning without moisturising your face with an organic face oil or a richer moisturiser balm if skin is dry. Alongside this, a must-do once a week is a deeper face cleansing with a facial mask that can gently exfoliate the epidermis and nourish at the same time. My advice? Our Super-Food Mask for its perfect balance of delicate and natural exfoliation and anti-oxidant and nourishing action.