Your summer body care routine, sorted
By Sherine Youssef
marie claire Contributor / December 13 2017
4 steps to great skin from head to toe
So you’ve upped your daily sunscreen dosage and are loving a lightweight foundation on hot days. But how do you intend to ensure your body is looking tip-top from toe to top? For smooth skin all summer long, these are the steps you need to follow.
Start with a clean slate
First, lower the shower temperature to minimise dehydration, then reach for a “pH-balanced cleanser that uses gentle foaming ingredients to remove chlorine and salty seawater”, advises Jurlique’s Australian Education Specialist Danielle Williams. Try Jurlique Restoring Lemon, Geranium & Clary Sage Shower Gel.
“An exfoliant with rounded, natural granules can be used three times per week,” suggests Williams. “For a deeper scrub, apply on dry skin and remove in the shower, or, for a weekly treat, lower yourself into a warm oil bath and allow the exfoliant to ‘melt’ off.” Try Sukin Renewing Body Scrub.
Increased humidity usually means less moisturising is required; however, “if you have dry skin or are prone to eczema, then continue as normal,” says dermatologist Dr Francesca Tefany, who notes you may want to skip heavy creams (which can clog pores) and go for lighter lotions and aerated creams. We like Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Crème. Want an extra sheen on exposed limbs? Layer on an oil.
Achieve a closer shave
Exfoliate prior to hair removal to “ensure all excess dead skin has been removed and hair tips are extended”, says Williams. Keep skin moisturised to help prevent ingrowns. If you prefer laser hair removal, Dr Tefany recommends leaving treatments for the cooler months.