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    May 28, 2021

    Smart skincare choices really can make all the difference when you approach a new season. The more extreme the weather gets, the harder it can be on our skin, and it can exacerbate those little quirks your complexion has (and let’s be honest, we all have some!)

    Summer is the time when we need to guard against hotter weather that can deplete moisture levels and UV rays. But slathering on thick creams doesn’t work for us all. Luckily, there are other clever workarounds.

    Summer skincare essentials

    There are a handful of ingredients that are perfect for the summer months. You might even find that they’re in your skincare products already. Or you may want to tweak your routine to include some of these. Here’s a pick of five, plus how they could help your skin.

    1. Vitamin C

    What is it?

    Vitamin C is a known skin brightener. Studies show that it can reduce the appearance of dark spots and smooths wrinkles. We love those benefits all year round, but the fact that it also antioxidant-rich give it summer skincare credentials. Because these antioxidants can help protect against UV damage.  

    How do you use it?

    You can use vitamin C in serums, cleansers, moisturisers and more. Often the summer months call for lighter, hardworking products that won’t clog. That’s why lightweight formulas in things like vitamin C serums are regarded as skincare heroes.

    What skin types can it benefit?

    The good news, vitamin C is good for most skin types. We love the super-active version of vitamin C, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid which is also good for balancing out oily skin types.

    2. Retinol

    What is it?

    Retinol is a type of retinoid, which is a kind of vitamin A, a nutrient that our skin needs to stay healthy. People rave about retinol, and for good reason. Its potential benefits include fighting the signs of ageing by boosting cell turnover and collagen production and reducing sun damage. So, you see why we like this in the summer.

    How do you use it?

    There are stronger retinoids that may need to be introduced gradually but generally speaking, retinol itself is safe and easy to use. It can be added as a serum or moisturiser, or even in scar treatments. It’s best to use it at night, as it does increase photosensitivity, and be sure to also add an SPF the next day.  

    What skin types can it benefit?

    Sensitive skin types and people with rosacea should avoid retinol as it can irritate. But it can be a powerful active for most other skin types, especially those with mature skin.

    3. Niacinamide

    What is it?

    Another fancy name for what is basically, a vitamin! This time, we’re talking vitamin B-3. It’s an essential nutrient for the skin, and it can help with everything from maintaining hydration, regulating oil, and minimising fine lines. The list goes on, but getting seasonal on this, it’s that balancing, hydrating and the added protection is adds from UV rays that we’re loving.   

    How do you use it?

    Use it in serums, creams and even toners. It’s versatile and it’s easy to bolt onto your skincare routine. It can be used day and night too. The only thing to watch for is using niacinamide with vitamin C, as this can make vitamin C less effective.  

    What skin types can it benefit?

    This one offers skincare perks for most complexions and can be especially effective for those with mature skin or eczema.

    4. Salicylic Acid

    What is it?

    Best known as a powerhouse ingredient for acne, salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. This is an active that gently buffs the skin to remove impurities, and can even resurface it, to make your skin look smoother. For people who suffer from excessive oil in the summer, this ingredient can be a gamechanger.   

    How do you use it?

    Scrubs, cleansers, serums, and moisturisers are some of the ways you can incorporate salicylic acid into your skincare routine. You can use this day or night, depending on the product and your skin. 

    What skin types can it benefit?

    If you have oily or acne-prone skin this is one ingredient you need to check out. It can also be beneficial for those with enlarged pores thanks to its skin-smoothing action.

    5. Hyaluronic Acid

    What is it?

    It may surprise you to hear that hyaluronic acid is found in our bodies naturally. It helps our eyes and connective tissues to stay healthy, and it’s a key nutrient for our skin. It keeps our skin supple and youthful, and it can reduce redness and wrinkles. But it’s the lightweight hydration it offers that makes it summer-friendly.  

    How do you use it?

    Aside from its skincare benefits, hyaluronic acid has two big plus points. It’s compatible with most skincare ingredients, and it can be used flexibly, day or night. For these reasons, you’ll find it in serums, moisturisers, and night creams.

    What skin types can it benefit?

    The good news goes on because this versatile ingredient can be used on most skin types, even if you are prone to breakouts or have sensitive skin.