We are weeks away from summertime finally gracing us with its presence and for Sydneysiders, this is the ultimate time to get out and about!
From your jam-packed social calendar filled with Christmas parties and New Year’s celebrations, weekend trips to the beach to afternoons enjoying all that daylight savings has to offer, our skin is on display more than ever, so you want it to be glowing, right?!
Like any seasonal change, there are tweaks that should be made to your summertime skin health routine to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. That’s why we’re here to share four of our favourite summertime skin essentials that everyone should be adding to their routine.
Hydrate with HydraFacial™
Summer in Sydney can be hot, like seriously hot, which is why we need to give our skin as much hydration as possible. Adding regular skin treatments, like HydraFacial™, to your summertime skin routine is a fantastic way to do this as not only can we deliver the essential hydration but anything else your skin may need in that moment, such as a burst of antioxidants.
HydraFacial™ is a multi-step aesthetic skin treatment that is so much more than just microdermabrasion. It works in four parts to cleanse and exfoliate, resurface, extract and finally, infuse so that your skin receives a total treat at every stage. During your HydraFacial™ experience, your skin soaks up the goodness of carefully chosen ingredients that keep it looking and feeling radiant whilst protecting it from the dehydrated effects of the Aussie sun.
With a boost in social events during this season, HydraFacial™ makes for the perfect pre-event skin treatment to have your makeup applying flawlessly and your skin looking like a total dream!
Your daily non-negotiable
Yes, we’re talking about SPF! This product should feature in your skincare routine 365 days a year but when summertime hits, it becomes even more of a non-negotiable.
Look for a sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection. This means it is protecting you against both UVA and UVB damage, otherwise known as your ageing UV rays and your burning UV rays. SPF should be applied as the final step in your morning skincare routine and then reapplied throughout your day, particularly if you’re out and about.
At +Aesthetics, we love the Aspect Envirostat SPF 50+ for this time of year because not only does it offer this essential broad-spectrum protection, but it’s also loaded with protective antioxidants and soothing Vitamin E to further protect your skin against environmental aggressors. It has an instant dry finish and can be seamlessly reapplied over makeup during the day.
We won’t go on and on about the importance of SPF today because you should know how integral it is by now! If you need a refresher on why SPF is the #1 product in your skincare routine, we’ve actually written a whole blog on this very topic which you can find right here.
Skin loving makeup
Summer beauty trends are all about lightweight foundations, glowy complexions, ditching the heavy bronzers and allowing your skin to shine through your makeup. We must admit, we absolutely love this for your skin! Especially for those of you that experience breakouts or congestions.
If you want to take your makeup to a whole new skin loving level, make the switch to an aesthetic skincare brand such as Oxygenetix. Free of many of the nasties found in traditional foundation, Oxygenetix has been created to breath, protect, and heal as you wear it, even after aesthetic procedures! It is transfer resistant which is fantastic for these warmer months and contains soothing aloe vera and the added benefit of SPF 25+.
By investing in a foundation like Oxygenetix, you can reap the benefits of a glowing complexion at every summer event without compromising the integrity of your skin. A total win if you ask us!
The power of antioxidants
To combat the effects of free radical damage even further, pair your daily SPF with antioxidants. Together they make a powerful team to defend against the increase in environmental aggressors that our skin is exposed to as we naturally spend more time outdoors.
Put simply, antioxidants work as defenders against oxidative stress which is caused by free radical damage. This damage often presents after exposure to UV rays, pollution, environmental damage, and external aggressors. These stressors to the skin are key contributors to skin ageing and the appearance in fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
Antioxidants come in to neutralise the free radicals, stopping them in their tracks from causing further skin damage. When you pair the likes of a Vitamin C, B or E with your broad-spectrum SPF, you’re creating a serious suit of armour against these nasties, not to mention the skin brightening and anti-ageing benefits that come with them.