THE BIG REVEAL
With beach weather on the HORIZON, we’ve rounded up the most useful tips and tricks to look (and feel) YOUR BEST THIS SEASON
Tips and tricks preparing you for beach weather
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.
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.