There’s so much to love about summer - the weather warms right up and the days are longer, which generally means more time spent outdoors. Which is a good and bad thing. The positive is that you’re more likely to receive your daily dose of vitamin D (which is essential for cell growth and repair), but the bad news is that the summer conditions can wreak havoc on your skin. Specifically, little freckles may appear, the skin on your body can crack or become scaly, and you could be on the receiving end of sunburn if you’re not careful. To help you deal with these top summer woes, add these four products into your routine.
If you get sunburnt
It goes without saying that spending extended periods of time in the sun can leave your skin feeling hot and even sunburnt. One way to instantly soothe skin on your face or body is with aloe vera, which offers a much-needed cooling effect. Plunkett's 99% Pure Aloe Vera Soothing Gel is made with certified organic juice from the aloe vera plant, which is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids to promote healing. Plus, the formula is 99 per cent pure (there’s no added water, alcohol, parabens, artificial colours or fragrance inside, so you know you’re getting the real deal), and is easily absorbed by skin so it doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind.
If you have dry heels
Your heels can be susceptible to dryness in summer, especially if you frequently wear sandals or thongs. The fix? Try abalm like Plunkett's NS-8 Heel Balm Complex, which contains a unique combination of emollients to intensely hydrate, and natural exfoliants (such as lactic and malic acids) to lightly scrub away the cracked and thickened skin on your heels.
If you have pigmentation
Fact: Freckles are a result of UVB damage on your skin. Sun exposure can cause your skin to produce extra melanin, which appears in the form of brown skin blemishes. If you are applying sunscreen and still getting freckles and pigmentation, it’s generally an indication that your sun protection isn’t high enough or you didn’t re-apply it often enough, or it’s the result of accumulated sun damage over the years. To fade these niggling spots, something like John Plunkett Superfade Face Cream can help - it’s a pharmacy-strength solution that features hydroquinone to help lighten hyperpigmentation. This product can be used daily before your moisturiser, and results can be seen from six weeks.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin
With temperatures soaring in the warmer months, it’s inevitable that we wear less to keep ourselves cool. If dry and dehydrated skin on parts of your body such as your legs is a top concern, then try regular applications of a vitamin E cream to intensely hydrate and nourish. One product that boasts a high-potency of vitamin E is Plunkett's Vita E Natural Vitamin E Cream, which is also infused with rosehip oil to promote skin rejuvenation.
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What are your must-have beauty products this season, and why? Let us know in the comments below.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and previously in SHOP Til You Drop and Cosmopolitan.