Published On: November 1, 2022529 words2.6 min read

Skincare tips the experts recommend

As we embrace the warmer weather this spring (with summer fast approaching) it is crucial that we also implement a nourishing skincare routine for healthy, radiant and glowing skin.

We reached out to a local beautician in George in the Western Cape, Nachuma, the owner of Eyes on Beauty Salon, for some helpful tips and tricks to take our skincare from drab to fab this spring and summer season.

And here is what she had to say; “Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!” We cannot underestimate the importance of including a good SPF into our routine. She also reminds us of the importance of reapplying our sunscreen at least two or three times a day, and approximately every hour when spending extensive periods in direct sun.

The Skin Cancer Foundation says that regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen can reduce our risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent, and lower our melanoma risk by 50 percent. Not only that, but it will help prevent premature skin aging caused by the sun, including wrinkles, sagging and age spots. Other skincare specialists have stressed the importance of using SPF by stating if there is only one thing we’re able to introduce into our skincare routines, it needs to be daily SPF application.

Nachuma also advises applying a light layer of foundation to protect your skin against the harsh sun. Phillip Artemi, a doctor with the Australasian College of Dermatologists says “Makeup is your skin’s second best defense against those environmental aging effects” (after good old-fashioned sunscreen). “While sunscreens do a lot, they don’t do enough and shouldn’t be relied on solely for skin health” Artemi said.

The harsh sun and constant exposure to air conditioners during the warmer seasons also increases the importance of investing in a good lightweight moisturiser to keep our skin hydrated. The sun drys out our skin by stripping away its natural oils. The outcome? A rise in sebum production that makes your oily skin even worse. For those who have normally dry skin, the sun makes it even drier.

Lastly, we are advised to change up the products we use, during the warmer season. With the higher temperatures and sweat (or glisten), our bodies are producing more oils and our pores are more prone to getting clogged. Instead of using a cream cleanser, we should consider investing in a gel or foam cleanser. We should swop out our intense moisturisers used in winter, for a more lightweight hydrating moisturiser. Face masks should also form a ritual part of our skin routine. Nachuma says that a mask opens the pores to assists our skin in locking in the moisturiser.

We’re all about having some fun in the sun this season, but let’s make sure to take care of our beautiful skin while we’re at it. Something as small as just an extra glass of water a day goes a long way. How does the saying go, “skincare today, keeps the ageing away?” Haha, okay, we may have made that up, but it’s no less true. We’ll be thanking our feature selves for the investment.

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