Can I use a light cream for my sensitive skin in summer?
Summer is full of life’s little pleasures – after a long, cold winter, we long to soak up the warmth of the sun, to dive into warm, crystal-clear water, to cycle along on a sunny day with our hair flowing in the breeze… But during the summer months, sensitive skin often needs an extra dose of TLC. Follow these hot tips from pharmacy technician Loubna Id Said for radiant skin all year round.
Sensitive skin – the basics
Sensitive skin is caused by a variety of elements including emotions and stress, environmental factors such as wind, sun, temperature changes, air conditioning and pollution, and also inappropriate skincare treatments. If you suffer from sensitive skin, the first step is to repair and strengthen your skin’s protective film. “Always use products specially designed for sensitive skin – look out for the words ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘sensitive skin’ on the packaging.”
Light formulas with maximum moisture
Even sensitive skin craves light, fresh formulas in summer. But as the temperatures soar, the skin tends to lose more water, which makes its natural protective barrier more vulnerable. Sensitive skin that feels tight and prickly needs to be kept moisturised, even in hot weather. Light formulas are fine as long as you opt for a lotion or emulsion that offers intense hydration. Look out for the words “24-hour moisturising” or “24-hour hydration” on the label.
Twice The Efficacy
Massage the moisturising cream in whilst applying to help boost microcirculation, stimulate deep tissue and smooth irregularities advises Emmanuelle Foucaud, Consultant at Vichy Institute.
Sun protection is vital
In summer, enemy number one for sensitive skin is the sun itself. Apply a specially formulated facial sunscreen a few minutes after your moisturising lotion and half an hour before going outside to make sure you keep your skin fully protected from the sun’s rays.
Make some waves on the beach this summer with a spa water spray. This is Loubna Id Said’s last top tip. Mineral-rich spa water soothes and decongests skin that can be easily irritated by chlorine, sand and sea water. After spraying, let your skin soak up those therapeutic minerals before carefully dabbing dry. The key to caring for sensitive skin is to be gentle – always dab your skin dry rather than rubbing it, and use gentle circular movements to apply your light moisturising cream.