Skin Care

Get Your Sensitive Skin Prepped for Summer

Sun-induced flare-ups can range from red patches to skin that feels scorched, sunburnt, and itchy with a crop of pimples thrown in to make matters worse. These reactions are partly the effects of exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and can easily ruin a well-earned holiday. Plus, the more we expose our skin to the sun, the worse these flare-ups tend to get! So unless we plan to spend the summer watching our mates from the shade of a parasol, we need to prep and protect our skin.

The first step to attaining beach-ready skin is scrubbing. This process removes dead cells and grime that prevents the skin from breathing. Apply a fine grain scrub (coarse ones are too harsh on sensitive skin) using light, circular movements. Scrub your face and body and pay extra attention to rough patches such as your heels, knees, and elbows. An added benefit of this is that scrubbing can help you get a uniform tan!

As the mercury rises, we also need to guard ourselves against dehydration. Drink lots of water to moisturise the skin from within. The problem with sensitive skin is that the slightest change in temperature can throw it off-kilter. Hence, we must keep it hydrated and nourished. Additionally, cleanse your face and follow with a moisturiser designed for sensitive skin. Repeat the process in the night and especially after sunbathing. Sensitive skin needs time to adapt to the sun, so limit your exposure to a maximum of 10-15 minutes at first.

By the way, don't even think about donning a summer dress or that bikini if you haven't applied sunscreen. Whether you're stopping for an al fresco coffee or finishing your weekly grocery shopping, protecting your skin is sacrosanct. Added tip? Go for a two-in-one solution by applying a moisturising sunscreen!

The L’Oréal UV Perfect Even Complexion is the perfect solution to this. It keeps your skin hydrated and protects your skin from darkening, brown spots, and premature ageing while offering protection from UVA & UVB rays. Moreover, with its ultra-fine, non-greasy texture, it's easy to apply and will leave your skin feeling moisturised and protected throughout the day.