We might all be on lockdown, but Mother Nature appears not to have got the memo. She has been coming into full bloom over the last few weeks, with the pollen count characteristically high as we move from spring towards the early summer months as the sun begins to shine more frequently. So even if those holidays to hotter climates have been cancelled for now, skincare can be a rewarding daily ritual to help take care of ourselves. Here are some of our top spa tips from spa therapists for a summer skincare routine and sun protection whether you’re at home or away…
Before you head out in the sun, give your skin a bit of TLC and treat it to a luxurious exfoliation. This will get rid of dead skin cells and help to make your tan last longer. It will also give you that feeling of rejuvenation for a bit of spa at home pampering. If you choose the right product it will help to nourish your skin as well. ESPA salt and oil scrub is a favourite as the salt exfoliates while the essential oils soften and feed the skin.
Use a richer moisturiser at night to help nourish the skin. Many of our spas are real fans of ESPA Smooth and Firm Body Butter at night as one of the best body lotions for dry skin in summer. Also, directly after exposure to the sun, try a cooling after sun product such as ESPA Cooling Body Moisturiser. May of our therapists see it as a must have product for summer as it provides a light but long-lasting solution for dehydrated skin, boosting moisture levels and making it feel cared for. It’s also calming and soothing, works with the natural enzymes in the skin and contains aloe and ayurvedic boerhavia (which are very healing), hyaluronic acid (which helps the skin to retain moisture) and sunflower concentrates (which enhance the skin’s appearance and reduce the impact of skin stressors). It’s perfect for day and night and is one of the best creams for glowing skin in the summer.
To enhance and keep your glow, we would recommend a gradual tan, and in particular we like to use the ESPA gradual tans for face and body. They give a natural and effortless glow all year round, whilst also being safe regarding sun exposure. That combined with the use of a good exfoliator and moisturiser as mentioned above, will help you to keep a healthy glow throughout the year. That said, however you have prepared your skin, make sure you use sun protection factor when you go out in the heat. We always suggest going as high as possible, with a minimum 30 SPF.
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