Summer Skincare Staples by Attia Naasma

Summer Skincare Staples by Attia Naasma

Summer Skincare Staples by Attia Naasma

Summer is just around the corner… we are ready but is our skin ready too?

We caught up with one of our Pro Artists Attia who is a freelance Hair & Makeup Artist in London with over 7 years experience in the industry - her work speaks for itself! Here she shares with us all of her top tips for keeping your skin looking fresh and glowing ready for summer...

Other than just the basic cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising let’s talk about some other products to keep our skin healthy, glowing and protected not only in summer but all year round. Skincare can be tedious, but your skin will definitely be thanking you for the extra time that you spend now to keep your skin radiant and youthful for years to come.

SPF

The first product that I want to talk about is SPF. SPF helps to block your skin from the sun’s radiation as you’re exposed to harmful radiation from the sun anytime you’re outside or near a window that has sunshine. This radiation has an effect on your skin even if you aren’t prone to sunburns. Make sure that you wear Sunscreen daily, no matter if it is cloudy or sunny. SPF provides protection against UVA and UVB rays which can damage the skin’s thickest layer – the dermis – and result in fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.

SPF works by extending your skin’s natural defences against the sun’s rays. For example, an SPF of 15 provides 15 times more protection than just your normal skin without sunscreen. An SPF of 50, would provide 50 times more protection than skin without sunscreen. Remember, sunscreen takes around 20 minutes to begin working after application, so be sure to apply it at least 30 minutes before you plan on being outside. The SPF in your foundation is not enough to protect your skin against UV rays so make sure that you apply it at least 20 minutes before applying your foundation.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning that it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals that are caused by UV exposure. Vitamin C applied to the skin can encourage new collagen to grow and it also helps to maintain the collagen that you do have and protects it from any damage. Vitamin C is suitable for all skin types and ages. It’s proven to help combat inflammation, heal blemishes, brighten and reduce pigmentation, firm the skin and helps reduce wrinkle depth.

Vitamin C can be used twice daily, both morning and night. Apply the rest of your products in order from thinnest to thickest texture (commonly: serum, moisturiser then treatments). During the day, always finish with a moisturiser with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or more. Just keep in mind that Vitamin C is extremely sensitive to air and light and will break down over time if routinely exposed to them. If you want to get the best possible results from your Vitamin C serum or moisturiser, it needs to be in an opaque, air-restrictive bottle or pump container to help ensure the ingredients remain stable.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a gel-like molecule that binds to water to retain moisture. It is critical in maintaining skin’s  hydration as dehydrated skin can be peppered with lines and wrinkles and has the tendency to look dull. Dehydrated skin also often feels rough, tight and sensitive which is where Hyaluronic Acid comes in. It works for any skin type even sensitive or breakout-prone skin, as well as those with an oily complexion. Unlike other potent serums or active ingredients that need to be applied specifically in the morning or at night, Hyaluronic Acid is the flexible hydrator that's happy to go on at any time. It works wonders on everyone so you can either use it it’s own or make sure that your moisturisers or serums have Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient.

Retinol

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, an antioxidant that is essential for healthy eyes and skin. Because the body cannot produce this vitamin on its own, it needs to be supplied by diet and/or topical skin care. It is often added to anti-aging products for its ability to promote skin cell turnover, build collagen, fight free radicals and erase fine lines and wrinkles. 90% of skin ageing is caused by environmental factors like pollution, blue light and UV rays. These expose the skin to free radicals - highly reactive molecules that cause oxidative stress and damage healthy skin cells. This can degrade the skin’s structural integrity and lead to premature ageing. Retinol's antioxidant properties neutralise free radicals and reduce their reactivity, thereby improving your skin’s health and resilience.

With age, the skin’s natural cell turnover decreases resulting in dull, uneven and rough skin texture. Retinol promotes turnover of surface cells, which means dead skin cells are sloughed away faster, revealing visibly healthier and brighter skin. Similarly, Retinol’s exfoliation mechanism helps to improve the appearance of blemishes by preventing dead skin cells from clogging pores. Retinol is a strong exfoliant, which can render skin sensitive to sun and UV damage. Therefore it is recommended that Retinol be applied only in the evening and always used in conjunction with a high broad spectrum SPF during the day. Do not use Retinol during peak summer months and also do not use if you suffer from rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.


Attia's Skincare Brand Recommendations

The Ordinary

La Roche-Posay

Medik8

The Inkey List

Murad

SkinCeuticals

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Attia Naasma

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