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Are you ready for summer; or more specifically, is your skin ready for summer?

We’re all familiar with packing up the winter woollies to make way for the summer wardrobe, but have you considered your skin too? In much the same way we change our clothing and dress for the weather, we should be thinking about the skin on our face too. After all it’s the most exposed area of skin on the body and most susceptible to the damaging UVA and UVB rays from the sun during summer.

Here are some of the important things you should be thinking about when it comes to updating your skincare routine for summer:

Look at the dates on products.

Keep an eye on when you purchased your products. If you last purchased sunscreen last summer – or even earlier than then, it could well be time to replace it. Did you know that SPF gets weaker the older the product is? This means it won’t be as effective and will leave you at risk of burning or worse.

Ditch the heavy stuff

During the summer months there is naturally more moisture in the air meaning you don’t need heavy products to protect and moisturise the skin. The rich creams you have used during the winter months won’t work in the same way in the heat. On one hand they may make your skin feel greasy, and at the other end of the spectrum they could be a contributing factor to excess oil and sebum, spots and even acne.

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Streamline your products

Check the dates and quantities of your products but also consider switching up your skincare routine and moving over to a more sunshine friendly skin routine. Lighter products, less actives – some of them can cause your skin to be more sensitive in the sun such as retinol or Vitamin A and of course update your SPF products too to ensure you aren’t using out of date skincare. And don’t’ forget your lips too, they need protecting in the sun as well.

Take advice on laser treatments

If you’ve been having laser treatment during the winter, now is the time to speak to the team to ensure your treatments are scheduled at the correct times through the summer. We always recommend keeping areas that are being treated out of the sun and to ensure that you don’t have laser treatment within four weeks of going away on holiday. When you get back from your summer holiday you should wait for four to six weeks before starting treatment again. The darker your tan is, the longer you should wait. Waxing or electrolysis can be a good alternative to laser, but please speak to the clinic so we can advise on which treatment is best for you.

Buy smaller products

If you have booked a holiday then why not consider getting travel sized versions of your products. Not only will they take up a lot less space in the case, they will be small enough not to be affected by extreme heat or temperature changes on the aeroplane, and they will give you the opportunity to try something that is bespoke to your skin when it’s in a warmer climate. A real treat for you and a real treat for your skin too. 

All of our Dermaviduals products are available in travel sizes including our bespoke prescriptive ranges. Just speak to me  or a member of the team for more details.

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I could write all day about the reasons why an updated skincare routine for the summer months is so important. I see so many different types of skin in the clinic and I can promise you that treating your skin correctly for the season you are in is definitely the way forward.

If you’d like to book an appointment at our Stourbridge Clinic to discuss your skin so you can be the best version of yourself, please get in touch via email info@tejandco.co.uk or call 01384 824039

This article was written by skincare specialist Tej of Tej & Co. Tej & Co are experts in skincare and hair removal clinic, West Midlands. Offering safe and results-driven non-surgical skin treatments including Endymed Skin Tightening.