Summer’s over, and you're not alone in looking at your post-summer skin thinking: ‘How did I get here?’. Picnics in the sun, long afternoons at the beach and hot environments can all have a wrecking-ball like effect on skin glow, leaving it dull, dehydrated and rough.
There are so many benefits to maintaining glowing skin - less reliance on skin makeup being the obvious one. But it’s not just about the initial radiance. Well kept skin is less likely to exhibit damage, such as fine lines and wrinkles. But factors such as summer build-ups of sweat, sunscreen and makeup, dehydrating summer sun and remnants of the excessive festive season all have an affect on these natural defences.
Here are some simple tips to get your glow back - inside and out:
Eat well: Start inside out. Eat nutrient-rich foods, full of essential vitamins and antioxidants that boost collagen production, reduce inflammation, and protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Foods rich in fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and contribute to skin firmness. Berries, tomatoes and green tea have antioxidant properties, which repair oxidative damage.
Stay hydrated: Avoid dehydrated skin (with its side order of dark under eye circles, fine lines and dullness) inside and out. Keep a water bottle by your side to flush out toxins and maintain skin elasticity. Most doctors recommend 2.1L or 8 glasses a day for women. Next step is to stay moisturised - essential for maintaining the barrier function of the skin and repairing summer damage. The NeoStrata Resurface Ultra Smoothing Lotionexfoliates away dull skin cells with its ultra light formula, while renewing with a treatment that relieves dry, rough or sun damaged skin. With a 10% AHA formula, the lotion penetrates deeply, resulting in dead cells and blocked pores being removed: exfoliating, renewing and rejuvenating skin.
Get outdoors: Taking a turn in the great outdoors is key to circulation that nourishes skin and makes it glow - but take care. Wear a hat, cover up your shoulders and try to avoid the hottest part of the day. Even as we move into autumn, the sun can be damaging: apply at least SPF 30.
Exfoliate and use a serum: Before you apply that night time moisturiser, give your skin a fighting chance. Remove dead cells, using a product such as NeoStrata Resurface Foaming Glycolic Cleanser (https://www.neostrata.com.au/products/neostrata-foaming-glycolic-wash-20-bionic-aha-save-25.html). This gently exfoliates the skin, unclogs congested pores, stimulates cell renewal and smooths skin texture. Next, apply an antioxidant serum, such as the NeoStrata Enlighten Illuminating Serum, to brighten the skin, even tone and increase overall radiance and glow.
By choosing NeoStrata products that focus on renewing skin through AHAs and other brightening ingredients, getting your glow back is easy.