So you spent far too long on the sun lounger and now your skin is starting to look like a bad knockoff bag? Why were you not wearing your sunscreen? You need Retin A. Try RoC Multi-Correxion Skin-Renewing Serum, (€25.50). For more sensitive skin, look for a moisturiser with peptides. Try Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion (€27.99) or Loreal Age Perfect, Hydra-Nutrition – Day & Night Cream, €14.99. These products help stimulate collegen production and plump skin up.
One of my old bosses (with beautiful skin) told me ‘Oil for winter, water for summer’. Avoiding oil-based moisturisers and makeup and exfoliating regularly with a mild scrub like Dr Hausckha Cleansing Cream, (€18.45) or a glycolic face wash, such as Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser 150ml, (€38.50), will help keep pores clear.
Prevention is key … sunscreen, sunscreen, suncreen. However if you do see brown spots starting to appear, then exfoliating regularly with a gentle scrub that contains alpha or beta hydroxy acids, like Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer 35pk (€78.99) will increase cell turnover. Use La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum 30ml (€23.95), to lighten existing spots. If over-the-counter products are not having any effect, consider talking to your dermatologist about a prescription-strength exfoliation treatments.
You need to remove the dead, sticky cells from the top of skin as these hold on to oil. Use a toner like Vichy Normaderm Purifying Astringent Toner, (€13.99) right after cleansing. Mop up excess midday-shine by dabbing over your makeup with a powder-coated blotting paper, like Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper, (€23 for 100 sheets).
Yes, I am going to say it again – use your sunscreen! However, if you do get caught out and end up the colour of a perfectly cooked lobster, try soaking a facecloth in a mix of full fat milk and water and placing the cloth on your burn. Products containing Aloe Vera also help to ease the pain. Beyond that, treat your skin gently: stay out of the sun; apply multiple coats of a fragrance-free moisturiser (which won’t sting), like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Fragrance Free Body Lotion 250ml, (€4.66) daily; and when you start to peel, don’t pick.