A change in seasons will bring about more than just changes to the weather. Moving from the cold, winter months into the warm summer means longer days, sunny beach holidays and a number of lifestyle changes.
But the specific changes that happen in summer that we’re concerned with today? The ones that have an impact on our skin.
We’ve summarised these changed into three headings for you
Summertime lifestyle changes.
- Pigmentation / sunspots / age spots
- Loss of elasticity and firmness
- Formation of fine lines and wrinkles
Really, the difference between the strength of these rays from winter to summer is not that varied. However, the summertime lifestyle and activities it brings about often means we are exposed to these harmful rays for prolonged periods of time.
As well as inducing a number of ageing effects to the skin, increased exposure to the sun’s rays will dehydrate the skin. When the skin becomes dehydrated it’s protective barrier can become impaired, inviting all sorts of havoc on the skin.
- Reactions to products/ sudden sensitivity to existing products
- The formation of fine lines
The most obvious remedy to this of all? Diligent application of your SPF 50+ - every day, non-negotiable. Yes, this means even the days you stay inside with the curtains drawn. UV always has a way of finding your skin.
We know nobody loves the feeling of a heavy sunscreen on a hot summer’s day though, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite lightweight, non-greasy sunscreens for you to try.
- Mesoestetics Mesoprotech Melan 130 Pigment Control
- Rationale Beautiful Skin Superfluid SPF50
- Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Oxybenzone Free SPF 50+
- Ultraviolette Queen Screen SPF 50+
- Ultraviolette Supreme Screen SPF 50+
We also advise to take other protective measures from the sun. Try a wide-brimmed floppy hat, a cute, tasselled beach umbrella and lightweight protective clothing (turning sun protection into a cool aesthetic - it's possible).
You’ll probably find you need to make some alterations to your skincare regime during the summer months due as well due to the increased UV exposure.
The popular skincare ingredient, Retinol / Vitamin A becomes a bit of a controversial subject in the summertime. This comes from the idea that Vitamin A makes the skin a little more sensitive to sunlight.
Despite common belief, Vitamin A does not cause the skin to be more sensitive to the sun. Before you get excited, it does however encourage younger skin cells to the surface that are more delicate in nature and thus more susceptible to damage by harmful UV rays.
Does this mean you should avoid retinoids completely during the summer? No. It does however mean you need to be a little more savvy with how you use them.
Retinoids can benefit the skin throughout the entire year. Retinoids will help to repair the damage that the sun induces on the skin such as the breakdown of collagen and then over-production of melanin that causes pigmentation. You would waste an entire half a year of skin benefits if you were to restrict such an important ingredient to winter only.
The key to utilising this superstar ingredient all year round is sunscreen. Again, be diligent in wearing a SPF 50+ every day and your will be adequately protected from UV no matter what skincare ingredients you are using.
Another thing - follow your intuition. If you know are going to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time where you know the upkeep of your SPF may take a bit of a back burner (beach days and sunny holidays - we're looking at you) maybe look to decreasing applications of your Vitamin A creams such as The Secret Cellular Repair Night Cream to alternating nights and using The Secret Day Brightening Elixir to pick up the slack. The Day Brightening Elixir contains powerful brightening and skin protecting benefits particularly useful for the summertime.
Speaking of beach days and sunny holiday’s – after a long day in the heat and sun you’re going to need to replenish your skin’s moisture. If you're starting to feel the dehydrating effects of summer on your skin, it might be time to look at adding a serum into your regime.
What makes you feel better after a long day in the heat and sun than a tall glass of water?
Your skin, needs its glass of water… Aka: The Secret Serum. This will ensure extra moisture is delivered and retained in the skin to negate the dehydrating effects of UV rays whilst simul whilst simultaneously improving barrier function to support the skins healing process. It contains:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B3
Heat, to simply put it, increases vasodilation. Melasma, while typically thought of as solely hyperpigmentation, can also be caused by vascular dilatation in the affected area. Heat also leads to more inflammation which stimulates melanocyte production – the process that leads to hyperpigmentation in the skin.
The Secret's to Warmer Temperatures
We could tell you to simply try and stay cool… but we live in Australia, so trust us when we say we understand that that's just simply not an option sometimes. The summers are scorching - and you can’t hide from the heat unless you stay inside and rack up the world’s most expensive power bill.
Fortunately, there are things you can do outside of hugging your air conditioning unit all day. Utilising tyrosinase inhibitors are a fantastic way to prevent the over-production of melanin (pigment) in your skin.
Tyrosinase plays a key role in melanin synthesis - it is the enzyme responsible for the first step in melanin production. It is part of a conversion process that creates the pigment (melanin) to be transported to the top layer of your skin resulting in a darkening of the skin. It is a defence mechanism against damage, particularly against the damage of the suns UV rays and inflammation.
When then skin cells experience this damage, the Tyrosinase enzyme will send an excess of Tyrosine which will result in overproduction of pigment.
By targeting this crucial enzyme with Tyrosinase Inhibitors you will prevent the overproduction of pigment which, they do however require continued use.
Some well known Tyrosinase Inhibitors include:
- L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
- Kojic Acid
- Azelaic Acid
Vitamin C is a fantastic ingredient to use during the day to protect your skin as it faces the heat of summer. It is an ingredient quite prevalent in The Secret Day Brightening Elixir which utilises an array of ingredients to help protect and fortify the skins lipid-barrier against ageing free-radical damage. The medical-grade Vitamin C will reduce the likelihood of pigment forming whilst also offering brightening effects to the skin on a surface level.
Enjoy your summer, by all means. These lifestyle changes are some of the best parts about summer, but for all these reasons, it is more important than ever to stick to a good skincare regime.
What does a good skincare routine look like, you may ask?
- Simple and easy, to ensure you stay consistent and achieve results. Our minimalistic, three-step regime is something you just can't justify skipping out on (even after a big night out) with its' simplicity and ease.
- Include your Vitamin A, B, and C's. Resurface, nourish and protect your complexion with these three essential skin vitamins. All of which are covered in your Secret Skincare set.
- SPF 50+ every day… do we need to stress this much more?
- Cleanse every evening to remove the days harsh aggressors. In the summertime with increased oil production we recommend first cleansing the skin with an oil cleanser. Hear us out, although it feels counterproductive, water-based cleansers will repel oil and therefore not remove impurities from the skin
- Intuition. This isn’t something you can just purchase from a skincare range but essential to any regime. It is up to you to listen to your skin when it is feeling sensitised from summertime lifestyle activities. You may need to adjust your regime to include more hydration and less active ingredients one day, less more active ingredients and less hydration on another and so on. Be guided by how your skin is feeling and what you know it can tolerate.