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Eight ways to get your skin ready for the holidays

The summer holidays are here. While summer is the time to satiate your taste buds with ice creams and coolers, it is also the time to switch up your skincare routine by using products that suit the heat and humidity that comes with the season. Here is a quick guide on how to get your skin ready for your summer vacation and some fun in the sun!

Exfoliate

The harsh rays and the harmful pollutants that inhabit the air, aggravated by profuse sweating in the warmer months, can lead to skin ailments. If your skin looks dry and scaly after hibernating under wool sweaters, use a body mitt or a grainy scrub to get your skin back to a smoother state. Slough all over with gentle, circular motions twice a week to reduce those pore-clogging dead skin cells. Continue to do this all summer long - it comes in especially handy to get rid of sunscreen and oil after a day at the pool. Exfoliation also makes your skin more receptive to hydrating serums, and will increase the absorption of skin rejuvenating products like our GF2.

Swap out your skincare

Adjust your regimen to suit sweltering temperatures and humidity. Just like you start to reduce the amount of clothing you wear as it warms up, and opt for more breathable natural fabrics at this time of year, the same logic applies to your skincare. For a cleanser - lighten up with an acidic gel face wash like a glycolic acid facial cleansing gel. This removes dirt, sweat and leftover sunscreen. The same goes for your moisturiser. Switch from cream to a hyaluronic acid serum. Don't forget to moisturise the body too - this is essential in summer as well as winter. Summer-friendly light hydrating body lotions are perfect at this time as this season aggravates psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, which can cause itchiness and rashes.

Shower and shave smarter

Because there is nothing fun, or pretty about razor burn, change your blades often and keep your skin lathered while shaving. Keep your showers short. Long, hot showers tend to be drying. Switch to lukewarm water and finish with a cool rinse to close pores and leave your skin looking and feeling smooth. Spray your facial skin and neck with our GF2 Skin Rejuvenation. This contains our miracle molecule - medical grade hypochlorous acid - the new wonder-ingredient in skincare. This active ingredient normalises epidermal cells and will also help to further exfoliate your skin. GF2 also reduces inflammation, which is the underlying cause of ageing and age-related diseases in the skin.

SPF matters

Sunscreen plays a vital role in your summer skincare regime. When choosing sun protection, always remember the following rules:

  • It is better to be sunwise than to use excessive sun protection. Try to avoid the sun rather than bombard your face and body with chemicals to protect you against harmful UV rays.
  • A sunscreen that contains mineral elements like titanium is better than a sunblock. Sunscreens reflect the sun away from the skin, while sun blocks allow the UV rays into the skin and convert them into less dangerous elements.
  • SPF 15 provides more than enough sun protection (93%). SPF 30, for example, contains twice the amount of chemicals for only 5% more protection (98%).
  • Apply sunscreen regularly especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Please use a reef-friendly product to protect our oceans.

Choose pH friendly products for your skin

While umbrellas and loose cotton clothing are your skin's best friends during the summer, remember to also opt for products with a lower pH (slightly acidic) to use on your skin. Examples of acidic products include our GF2 formulations as well as products that contain hyaluronic acid, ascorbic acid, and glycolic acid. Avoid products that contain preservatives, especially parabens. Apart from creating hormonal disturbances, parabens kill the natural biome of the skin. The biome plays a key role in maintaining the skin's function while protecting it from the environment. When skincare ingredients damage the biome inflammation starts to play havoc with the skin’s structure and function.

The role of a good diet for healthy-looking skin

A good diet plays a critical role in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Providing your body with good nutrients will reflect on your skin, giving it a natural shine. Add juicy fruits to your daily diet and keep yourself hydrated during the summer season. Avoid spicy and fried food items.

Minimal skin care products and makeup

Skip care is the practice of using fewer ingredients on your skin while making sure those you use are scientifically proven. Less is more when it comes to skincare. Look for ingredients that have multiple functions, rather than using multiple ingredients. This also applies for makeup. Minimal makeup is perfect for the summer season as applying thick layers of foundation and other makeup products can lead to acne and pimples, and result in long term inflammation in the skin.

Before you head off to sleep make sure to treat your skin with our GF2 facial skin spray. It is refreshing and anti-inflammatory and will reverse damage already caused by inflammation.

Golden rule

In addition to all these tips, the golden rule for healthy and supple skin is to cleanse the skin before going to bed - never sleep with your makeup on.
Remember to also make sure your bedsheet, pillow covers, and blankets are laundered regularly to avoid any skin issues.

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