Beauty hacks: how to repair and prevent sun damage on your skin
Our skincare experts have the answers to all your summer beauty woes with fixes for dry skin, congestion, sunscreen irritation and more.
- January 2020
Don’t let sweat, sun and soaring temperatures get in the way of a fresh face. Whatever your skincare issue, here are the expert tips and products you need.
Choose the right sunscreen
To avoid sunscreen sensitivity, opt for what’s known as a physical sunscreen – one that uses minerals zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to deflect the sun’s rays. “These tend to be less irritating,” says Dr Liz Dawes-Higgs, from Northern Sydney Dermatology. They’re also kinder on our oceans. Whatever sunscreen you use, “reapply every two hours”, Dr Dawes-Higgs notes.
Try: Avène Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+, AUD $34.95, avene.com.au opens in new window
Avoid sun damage
“The best step is to prevent it,” says Dr Dawes-Higgs. “This means sun-protective clothing, hats and sunscreen.” Use a soothing after-sun lotion to aid recovery after sun exposure. Noticed some damage? “Products containing vitamin A, hydroquinone, fruit acids and antioxidants can help,” says Dr Dawes-Higgs. Use these ingredients in the evening only, Fisers advises.
Keep skin hydrated
If you are suffering from dehydration, try using an oil cleanser to replenish moisture, suggests beauty author Bernadette Fisers. A few spritzes of face mist can also refresh parched skin.
Pick moisturising gels and lotions
Lightening up your products for summer will help avoid congestion. Opt for gels and lotions over winter’s thick creams. “Wear a light moisturiser and try to get an SPF in it so you are not doubling up on product,” Dr Dawes-Higgs says. She adds that you should also exfoliate once a week to keep skin clear.
Start with a primer
If you have oily skin, use a primer under your makeup to help control excess shine. Dr Dawes-Higgs suggests carrying blotting papers, too, for on-the-go shine control. “You can also cool off with a hydrogel mask,” Fisers adds.
Try: Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier, AUD $57, bobbibrown.com.au; Swisspers Blot-Off Oil Tissues, AUD $7.65, swisspers.com.au opens in new window; Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask, AUD $5.99, neutrogena.com.au