Help your skin re­cover from the strains of sum­mer

Skin­care spe­cial­ist Jane Mann on how to re­pair the dam­age done by that glo­ri­ous sum­mer

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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

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