Beauty: per­fect sum­mer skin

Sheree Mut­ton asks the ex­perts for their tips to help you achieve smooth, flawless skin all over through­out the hot months of sum­mer.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

The sea and sand are beck­on­ing as we slip into hol­i­day mode and head for the beach. Shorts, strappy tops and togs re­place of­fice at­tire and bare skin basks in the heat of sum­mer. But that very ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments means it’s time to take your body skin­care rou­tine up a notch, giv­ing skin ex­tra pro­tec­tion and nour­ish­ment.

We all want gor­geous, even-toned and glow­ing skin dur­ing sum­mer, but for many of us dry, flaky and pale skin is the re­al­ity. For­tu­nately, with these few easy steps, you can re­claim glow­ing skin and have your body look­ing its best for the beach sea­son.

1 Get scrub­bing

Scrub­bing should be your first step. “Ex­fo­li­a­tion is nec­es­sary to boost desqua­ma­tion, the nat­u­ral shed­ding of dead skin cells from the sur­face of the skin,” writes Christine Clais in her book, French Com­plex­ion: The Se­crets to Beau­ti­ful Skin at Any Age. “Reg­u­lar ex­fo­li­a­tion makes your skin tex­ture more even and softer.”

Hand mitts, body brushes and salt and sugar scrubs are easy to use in the shower. If you have sen­si­tive skin, der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Li-Chuen Wong ad­vises us­ing a gen­tle body scrub twice a week. “Don’t be too vig­or­ous, which will only lead to skin ir­ri­ta­tion and in­flam­ma­tion,” she says.

2Mois­turise, mois­turise

“It’s im­por­tant to mois­turise reg­u­larly, at least once daily,” says Dr Wong. “Try to ap­ply a fra­grance­free lighter lo­tion all over the body af­ter your shower, when your skin is slightly damp. This will in­crease skin hy­dra­tion and ab­sorp­tion of the mois­turiser into the skin.”

Us­ing a rich body cream at night will fur­ther nour­ish and pro­tect your skin. Al­ter­na­tively, you could mas­sage in a body oil to help im­prove your skin’s firm­ness, giv­ing it a more sup­ple and ra­di­ant ap­pear­ance.

3 Fake a golden glow

A glow­ing, bronzed body may look healthy, but ex­ces­sive ex­po­sure to the sun’s rays can re­sult in pre­ma­ture age­ing and a higher risk of skin can­cer. “Achieve a healthy skin glow by us­ing self-tan­ning prod­ucts rather than sun-bak­ing,” says Dr Wong. “Ap­ply­ing a fake tan will also make cel­lulite less no­tice­able.”

There are many in­stant or grad­ual self-tan­ners avail­able on the mar­ket that will give you a nat­u­ral-look­ing glow in min­utes. Wear a mitt to avoid any ex­cess product or residue on your hands and mas­sage the product into your skin, us­ing a cir­cu­lar mo­tion.

“In the sum­mer months, a self-tan will add glow­ing colour and also im­prove the ap­pear­ance of con­tours and body shape,” says skin­care ex­pert Ni­chola Joss. To pro­long the tan, mois­turise your skin twice a day.

“Sun pro­tec­tion is the sin­gle most im­por­tant fac­tor in pre­vent­ing skin age­ing, in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment of wrin­kles, sal­low, lack­lus­tre and pig­mented skin.” Der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Li-Chuen Wong

4 De- fuzz your body

We all know that beau­ti­ful soft skin looks its best when it’s hair-free. There are many op­tions when it comes to hair re­moval, but shav­ing re­mains the most pop­u­lar be­cause it’s quick, easy and in­ex­pen­sive.

To en­sure you get a smooth re­sult with­out ir­ri­ta­tion, use a qual­ity shaver with a built-in mois­turiser. If you pre­fer wax­ing, ap­ply body oil post­wax­ing to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and red­ness, and ex­fo­li­ate reg­u­larly to help re­duce in­grown hairs.

For a more per­ma­nent re­sult, laser hair re­moval may be worth con­sid­er­ing. Dur­ing this treat­ment, a laser is used to tar­get the roots of the hair be­neath the sur­face of the skin and dis­ables the fol­li­cles so they can no longer sup­port hair growth. Prices start from around $65 for small ar­eas on the body, such as the un­der­arms, but most peo­ple will need mul­ti­ple laser treat­ments.

5 Pro­tect your skin

Sun pro­tec­tion is es­sen­tial in pre­vent­ing skin can­cer and the signs of pre­ma­ture age­ing, such as wrin­kles and hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion. The key is to en­sure you are ap­ply­ing enough – most of the time we don’t, leav­ing our­selves at risk of burn­ing. Us­ing a sun­screen with a min­i­mum of SPF30 and ap­ply­ing a thick layer rubbed well into skin of­fers suf­fi­cient pro­tec­tion to the sun. Don’t for­get to reap­ply ev­ery four hours or af­ter swim­ming.

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