With the Summer Season fast-approaching, this is the perfect time to overhaul your skincare game and ensure you’re giving your complexion what it needs to survive those warmer months. Think light, fresh and cooling textures which will nourish and protect the skin while tackling any signs of sun damage. Although our skin is generally more oily in Summer, it’s still super important to provide lightweight hydration. It’s time to swap your richer creams for fresh lotions that nourish without a heavy feeling.
Of course, a high-level sun protection which protects against UVA and UVB rays is a must all-year round, but even more important during Summer when we can be more prone to sun damage and dark spots. And as most of us will be jet-setting to our dream locations, flying can also play havoc with complexions – but don’t fear, as we have everything you need to Summer-proof your skin!
Firstly, cleansing should be an essential part of your skincare ritual – the right cleanser will thoroughly remove all traces of makeup and grease and grime from the day, while also creating the perfect canvas for your other products to sink in and do their job! Rodial’s Bee Venom Cleansing Balm is our must-have cleanser and is great for all skin types from oily to dry. Although this is a balm-based cleanser, it emulsifies beautifully with warm water and instantly turns in to a light, milky toner, melting away makeup and grime. We particularly love this for Summer as it helps to tackle areas of dark spots and pigmentation, caused by sun damage. The Vitamin C-infused formula will help to gradually lighten areas of damage while preventing more dark spots from forming – what else could you need from a cleanser? The multi-tasking formula can also work as a brightening, revitalising mask to replenish the skin after days in the sun.
Next, with your cleansing complete, now’s the time to replenish your skin with light hydration and powerful ingredients within the form of a serum. Serums have a lighter texture than a moisturiser, meaning it can penetrate through the top layer of skin, through to the middle layer, or ‘dermis’. This is where our skin repairs itself and creates collagen and elastin which is important for keeping our complexions smooth and healthy. Although facial oils are popular, it’s best to opt for a lighter hydra-fluid texture throughout Summer which will sink in more quickly. We particularly love the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Advanced XXL Sculpting Serum. This beautifully light texture instantly cools and sooths on application and is infused with Rodial’s famous Dragon’s Blood Tree Sap from the Croton Lechleri tree. This is fabulous for calming the skin and is known for its anti-inflammatory and protecting powers, making it a great post-sun serum. Also rich in beauty’s buzz-word ingredient Hyaluronic Acid, the formula will lock in hydration without any oiliness.
Once your serum has absorbed, it’s time to give your eyes some attention. Also from Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood line, their best-selling Dragon’s Blood Eye Gel is the product we reach for when the temperature rises. Containing unique ‘sub zero’ ingredients, this little pot of magic works to instantly soothe, cool and hydrate tired, itchy eyes (also great for hay fever sufferers!). The gentle cooling action will help to drain away toxins and water retention which can cause puffiness and dark circles. Also rich in soothing rosewater and detoxifying arnica, this will instantly fake the look of a good night’s sleep!
If you require an extra boost for the eye area, then the genius’s at Rodial have also come up with the Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks. These cooling gel masks are made from bio-cellulose which helps the active ingredients sink deeper in to the lower layers of the skin. If you’re like us, and you find that long flights can dry out your skin, these wonder-masks can be used during a flight to prevent that dreaded dehydration.
Now those peepers are protected, you’ll need to lock in hydration with a lightweight moisture lotion. We’re currently obsessed with the Rodial Stem Cell Magic Gel which will act as your complete multi-tasking holiday product. The cooling gel-cream texture is ideal during Summer and has a ‘springy’ consistency which really puts the bounce back in to your skin! As well as working as a daily hydrator, Magic Gel can also be used as in-flight mask, plus a post-sun mask to calm weather-worn skin. The soothing extracts including Rosehip Oil and Alpine Rose will calm any sensitivity while offering anti-oxidant protection. As if all of that isn’t enough, the multi-functional formula is also excellent as a primer – this is always at the top of our holiday check-list!
Now for the final step in your Summer regime – a high factor sun protection is essential. Many SPF’s can be heavy and thick leaving an oily residue which can lead to blocked pores. Not so with the Rodial SUPER ACIDS SPF30 X-Treme Dark-Spot Sun Filter. This oil-free and silicone-free formula feels feather-light on application – you wouldn’t even know you’re wearing a sunscreen. Protecting against both UVA rays (which cause aging) and UVB rays (which cause burning), this advanced formula will prevent dark spots from forming. Enriched with cocoa butter and Vitamin E, this daily essential is kind to the skin while combating damaging rays. Great worn alone for combination skins, or can also be layered on top of a richer moisturiser for drier skins.
We can never leave the house without a facial water to spritz throughout the day. Our top pick is the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic. This Summer staple provides the skin with an instant boost of moisture, perfect for in-flight hydration and radiance. It can also be used to set makeup and then spritz throughout the day to give your skin a burst of cooling energy! The tonic is packaged in a handy spray, producing a light mist which creates a cooling and calming sensation on application. Natural extracts, including Rosewater and Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Tree Sap will help to destress the skin and protect it from aggressors. Sensitive skin will be soothed and after time will appear fresher, brighter and lifted. Long-haul flights will be made far more bearable with this travel necessity.
These miracle workers will keep your complexion in tip-top condition as the temperature heats up. It’s important to enjoy the sun to top up your levels of mood-boosting Vitamin D, but bear in mind to keep sun exposure to minimum during midday to 4pm when the sun is it at its strongest. Spend some time in the shade and also invest in a chic sun hat which will keep your face protected. Always have a pair of sunglasses at hand which will stop you from squinting, and prevent those dreaded crow’s feet around the eye area.
It’s also wise to eat smart during summer – foods including tomatoes, red peppers and pomegranate all help to defend the skin against sun damage, while drinking the anti-aging elixir green tea is also proven to block DNA damage from UV light – time to drink up!
Last but not least, always carry a bottle of water with you to sip throughout the day, and try flavouring with a squeeze of lemon for an extra cleansing boost. We recommend drinking 2 litres of water a day – our bodies become more dehydrated during summer so this will replenish lost moisture, as well as suppling hydration to skin cells to keep skin plump and smooth.
Now you’re fully equipped to keep your skin looking fabulous and healthy, it’s now time to go out there and enjoy those long summer days!
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