Written by Alicia Lartey
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Skincare can be so complicated and with summer in full bloom, you want to make sure all the hard work you put into your skin during winter does not go to waste.
You may be tempted by the sun to achieve a golden tan or sun kissed glow, but I would strongly suggest avoiding this as any form of tan is actually a sign of skin damage. You will need to protect your skin adequately from the sun by applying sunscreen regularly; but there are a few more things you can do to maintain hyperpigmentation free skin and still enjoy your summer.
1. As we mentioned before sunscreen is the most important step in your skincare routine! Ultra Violette recently released what has now become my favourite facial sunscreen. Fave Fluid is not only light weight, easy to rub in and white cast-free, there is also no greasy feeling in sight!
2. Sunscreen should never stop at your neck and should always extend to every single part of your body that is not covered. For the body I recommend having an initial sunscreen that you can apply which is in cream format. The best cream sunscreen currently on the market is the Bondi Sands Hydra which sits at £9.99 (super affordable). If you tend to struggle to find a sunscreen that leaves no residue or balls up easily, I would recommend skipping out on moisturiser before applying your sunscreen. Once you are out and about applying and reapplying sunscreen becomes harder, which is why I recommend for my clients to use a spray sunscreen. Finding a spray that not only performs well but has a pleasant scent has been surprisingly hard. Naked Sundays recently released their body sunscreen spray which smells like a tropical delight and gives me the most gorgeous glow – once again without any white cast!
SPF 50+ Ultralight Skinscreen™
Hydra UV Protect SPF 50+ Body Lotion
Sunscreen aside there are two other serums I love to include in my skincare routine to help combat hyperpigmentation during the summer. Each of these serums can be individually mixed with a pump of moisturiser for application if that is your preference.
1. Naturium Vitamin C Serum! I am known for not liking vitamin c serums very much, but I do think they are useful as antioxidants and pigmentation preventing ingredients.
2. Face Theory Pore Bright Serum N10! We know that niacinamide is in abundance and we simply cannot escape it. I do think it’s a useful addition to the routine of someone who is looking to make sure they have covered all bases when dealing with hyperpigmentation. The Pore Bright N10 serum also contains azelaic acid which not only helps to manage hyperpigmentation but also breakouts. Niacinamide, similarly to vitamin c is a great antioxidant and helps to calm inflammation which is usually a key part of the hyperpigmentation pathway.
Vitamin C Complex Serum
Porebright Serum N10