Help your skin recover from the strains of summer
Skincare specialist Jane Mann on how to repair the damage done by that glorious summer
What a summer that was! The sort that we remember fondly and, generally, inaccurately from childhood – an endless succession of sandy, sunny days at the beach, donkey rides and candy floss.
In reality, of course, it rained a lot, but we usually forget that, when reminiscing. This summer however, will be remembered accurately, as it as stonkingly hot for over a month – almost unheard of in the UK. Lawns resembled fire-blazed prairie, and the vegetable patch looked and felt like parched clay. Unfortunately, skin can look and feel the same, so this is a great time to take stock of your complexion and start some remedial work on it.
There is no doubt that the sun is absolutely fabulous at providing easily assimilated Vitamin D, but it’s also pretty great at wrecking your skin, if you give it an inch, or an hour or two. As with most things in life, moderation is the key, but it might be a little late for that, now, so time to make up for the excesses of the summer with some affectionate targeted care.
Cleansing is easily the most important part of a skincare practice, so if you are slack on that, don’t expect any creams or unguents to do their best – you aren’t, so they can’t! My clients all learn a quick easy cleansing system that they can do virtually in their sleep; this makes the world of difference to how well your skin will age. What you do at 28 really does impact on how you look at 48. I’ve never met anyone – yet – who says they really want lines, but I suppose it is a possibility…
To replenish some of that lost moisture, make sure that you use hydration on your skin, in the form of toner or serum under your regular day cream; being over fifty, I use both.
A weekly skin spa session at home will give your skin a visible boost. Cleanse well, then apply a clay mask, for ultra-deep cleansing, followed by a nourishing pack to give your skin the TLC that it needs.
Of course, the ultimate treat for dehydrated skin is a professional facial, so book yourself one of those and your skin will adore you, and show that love with a youthful, radiant glow. After a hot summer, I would recommend a gentle facial treatment, to mend and tend the skin, rather than a more invasive treatment.
The beginning of the summer saw the Royal wedding and the ‘Meghan Markle’ effect has had a dramatic effect on what customers are looking for. The new Duchess of Sussex has regular facials, which include buccal massage to keep those fabulous cheekbones high; she also does facial exercises. Unsurprisingly, I‘ve seen demand for my non-invasive face-lifting treatments rise, and I assume this is her influence. And the fact that there is an instant visible difference, of course. We can’t all marry a prince, but we can all have gorgeous skin and lifted cheeks, with a little care and attention.
Jane Mann is the author of The Skincredible Journey. She is an aromatherapist and Dr Hauschka Esthetician, as well as the only Dr Hauschka trained make-up artist in the UK. She works from her salon near Stroud.
A weekly skin spa session at home will give your skin a visible boost