Caring for your skin in the African sun

Here’s how you can make small changes to your skincare routine to get your skin summer ready.

  1. Lighten Up
    You know how in summer the days start to get lighter? Well, take your cue from nature when transitioning your skincare routine between seasons.
    This means ditching your thicker, heavier moisturiser and cleanser for gentler, more lightweight elixirs.
    Our pro tip is to switch to a dual-purpose moisturiser, especially if you’re prone to oily skin and blemishes.
    By lightening the load, a combination moisturiser and sunscreen can help keep your skin clear in the hot, heavy summer. Heavier cleansers tend to be cream or oil based. We recommend shelving these and opting for a soap-free foaming cleanser instead.
  2. Consider Using Retinol
    As long as you’re diligent about using sunscreen and limiting your exposure to UV, then using retinol in the evening can help with pretty much every summer skin problem—from uneven skin tone to clogged pores. In fact, oily skin tolerates retinol the best. So, if you suffer from excess oil in summer, it’s actually a great time to take the leap and finally introduce retinol into your skincare routine.
  3. Get Your Vitamin C
    If your biggest skin concern come summer is dark spots, then we can’t wait for you to meet your new go-to ingredient: vitamin C. When used topically, vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. Serums containing vitamin C target and lighten hyperpigmentation, including acne scars, sunspots, and melasma. Brightening serums also fight pollution and dehydration, and help with collagen production—hello plump, dewy skin!
  4. Bring Back Self Tan
    When we say “self-tan” do you get horrible flashbacks?
    Streaky, patchy skin, orange hands and feet, strong smells, and stains all over your sheets? You’re not alone. Self-tan gets a bad rap. That said, it’s come a long way! Plus, it’s safer than traditional methods. The new buzzwords around fake tan are “tint,” “gradual,” and “sun kissed”. As long as you’re prepared, you shouldn’t run into any problems. By being prepared we mean exfoliating the night before, using an applicator mitt, and moisturising daily.
  5. Exfoliate… But Not Too Much
    Exfoliating is especially important during the summer. Exfoliating regularly prevents acne by opening pores and removing dead skin cells and excess oils. Overdoing exfoliation, however, can leave your skin irritated. Incorporating a gentle exfoliator into your skincare routine once a week should do the trick. Our preferred exfoliators are products that use gentle acids to help remove dead skin like glycolic, citric, salicylic and lactic acid. Source: www.skinmiles.com
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