With beach weather on the HORI­ZON, we’ve rounded up the most use­ful tips and tricks to look (and feel) YOUR BEST THIS SEA­SON

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - SEPTEMBER CONTENTS -

Tips and tricks pre­par­ing you for beach weather

Sexy back

Your back is an area that has a lot of oil glands. Fric­tion forces a com­bi­na­tion of sur­face sweat, dirt, and oils back into the pores, which clogs them. Here’s how to tackle the prob­lem.

CAUSE: Bacne can be at­trib­uted to hor­monal changes, in­ad­e­quate cleans­ing/ex­fo­li­a­tion, or a pos­si­ble re­ac­tion to med­i­ca­tions. It is more no­tice­able when ex­posed to ex­treme heat or ex­er­cise, or where cleans­ing is dif­fi­cult on the hardto-reach back area where pores of­ten tend to clog.

WHO: It’s more preva­lent in peo­ple with oilier skin types and those un­der­go­ing hor­monal changes.

DO: Keep the pores as clean and clear as pos­si­ble; get a long-han­dled back brush or loofah to reach tricky ar­eas.

DON’T: Scrub the area too vig­or­ously, which could spread the in­fec­tion, and def­i­nitely don’t squeeze.

TRY: Clin­ique Anti-Blem­ish So­lu­tions Cleans­ing Bar, R295. Use twice daily to clear and pre­vent fu­ture break-outs.

Trea­sure chest

The dé­col­letage (the neck, cleav­age and shoul­ders) are more ex­posed dur­ing the warmer months, so daily SPF is im­per­a­tive to avoid the mark­ers of sun-re­lated photo-age­ing (wrin­kles, un­even tone, and age spots). ‘The stra­tum corneum (skin’s outer pro­tec­tive layer) on parts of the dé­col­letage is thin­ner than the rest of the body, so this area tends to be more sen­si­tive,’ says Jo­hanne Baron from Dove re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

Things that go bump

Ker­ato­sis pi­laris (aka chicken skin) is a com­mon and harm­less con­di­tion that may make your skin feel like sand­pa­per.

WHAT: This is a build-up of dead ker­atin skin cells in the hair fol­li­cle, which be­come in­flamed. It usu­ally presents as red bumps, and is most com­mon on the up­per arms and thighs.

WHO: Ker­ato­sis pi­laris is a ge­netic con­di­tion (and there­fore can’t be cured), but sun and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions can fur­ther in­flame and ag­gra­vate the prob­lem.

DO: Use prod­ucts with al­pha hy­droxy acids (such as cit­ric, gly­colic and lac­tic acids) or sal­i­cylic acid to chem­i­cally ex­fo­li­ate the area with­out abrad­ing the skin’s sur­face. Switch to a daily mois­turiser with a high per­cent­age of AHAs, and al­ways use prod­ucts with an SPF pro­tec­tion.

DON’T: Use harsh phys­i­cal ex­fo­liants, which can in­flame or ex­ac­er­bate the con­di­tion.

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