The Big Summer Skincare Switch Up

shutterstock_106882529As we look forward to warmer – if not always sunny – weather, it becomes necessary to go through a bit of an overhaul! We switch to cooler clothing, brighter colours, lighter makeup and we may even cut our hair, however it’s easy to forget to switch up our skincare. The truth is, if your product routine is working for you then you may not think to change it. However, there are a few small switches Dr. Murad suggests making to ensure you’re getting the most out of your skincare during the summer months:

Switch up your moisturisers. “During the winter your skin is usually drier because the air outside is drier and your skin needs extra hydration from a thicker moisturiser. During the summer when there is more humidity, a lighter day cream is all you need. Do bear in mind though, if you’re constantly inside and surrounded by extreme air conditioning, your skin may still dry out.

I always recommend wearing a day cream with SPF, especially during the summer months when the sun is stronger and you spend more time outside, regardless of your skin type.”

Top tip: if you have a dry skin type make sure your day cream still offers you the hydration you need. All Murad moisturisers contain RepleniCell, a hydrating ingredient technology which turns the water in your cream (previously an inactive element) into an active hydrator. This means 100% of the formula is working to hydrate your skin by attracting and binding water to the skin’s surface while also strengthening the skin’s barrier helping it keep moisture in the skin.

Product recommendations:

SONY DSCOil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 controls oil production whilst providing essential hydration.

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture intensely hydrates and nourishes skin.


Change your cleanser. “In the summer months we experience increased sweat and oil production which can lead to acne-breeding bacteria and is why many people are more prone to breakouts during warmer months. To combat this you can use a clarifying cleanser to unclog the pores that have become full of sweat, dirt and debris. It’s also important to exfoliate at least once per week to clear away the layers of dead skin cells and give you a clearer, more radiant skin.”

Top tip: take the time to massage your cleanser into your skin for a good couple of minutes before rinsing. Also, don’t skip your night-time cleanse! You need to take the time to cleanse your skin before bed to remove all the dirt and impurities built up during the day and allow your skin the best chance to recover and repair itself overnight.

Product recommendations:

SONY DSCDaily Cleansing Foam cleanses and tones skin in one step! It balances and revitalises skin while removing pore-clogging impurities for smooth, clear skin.

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser combines a trio of acids with Jojoba Beads to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells and improve brightness and clarity.

Load up on antioxidants. “Infusing your body with antioxidants both topically and internally will offer dramatic protection from the environment and in particular, free radicals caused by sun exposure.”

Product recommendation: Consider taking supplements with pomegranate extract, like our Pomphenol Sunguard Dietary Supplement. Taking just one pomegranate extract supplement daily will increase your skin’s natural sun protection by up to 20% in just two months. The potent antioxidant also helps ward off free radical damage and lower your chances of sun burn and prickly heat.

SkinPerfectingPrimerMatteLook for multipurpose products for a lightweight feel. “You may also want to consider replacing your foundation for something lighter such as a Murad primer, which provide light coverage whilst controlling oil production. Our primers work as a cosmetic makeup as well as offering skincare benefits.  These sophisticated skincare products offer more than temporary benefits – they treat skin problems, optimise skin health and conceal visible flaws, so they are truly multi functional and offer short and long term results.”

Product recommendation:

Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish provides a light veil of coverage.


Top Foods For Essential Fatty Acids

After the last post, we all know that Essential Fatty Acids are important for healthy, beautiful skin! They are the “good fats” that help to make our cell walls strong so that they can hold moisture in for firm, wrinkle-free, smooth skin. To help you on your way, here is a list of the top foods that can help you get enough Essential Fatty Acids for the best skin (and body) possible.

Get Nutty: Nuts and Seeds are high in Essential Fatty Acids

Here’s a rundown of our favourites:

sunflowerseedsSunflower seeds:  a 28g serving of sunflower seeds provides more than 9 grams of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Alpha-Linolenic Acid.

Pine nuts: sprinkle liberally on salads! They contain the same amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Alpha-Linolenic Acid as sunflower seeds.

brazil nutsBrazil nuts: a 28g serving provides about 6 grams of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Alpha-Linolenic Acid.

Pecan nuts: a delicious addition to banana bread! They contain the same amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Alpha-Linolenic Acid as Brazil nuts.

walnuts2Walnuts: these not only contain the Omega-6 Fatty Acid Linoleic Acid but also provide approximately 2.6 grams of Alpha-Linolenic Acid per 28g serving.

Nuts also make a great healthy snack to keep you feeling full! So when you’re feeling peckish, instead of reaching for crisps or chocolate, try turning to nuts.

Nutritional findings taken from Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center

Flaxseed Oil: the go-to Essential Fatty Acid
A tablespoon of pure flaxseed oil provides a whopping 7.3 grams of Alpha-Linolenic Acid per and 100% of the daily recommended value for Alpha-Linolenic Acid (1.6 grams).

However, if you’re choosing between flaxseed oil and pure flaxseed, you may want to keep in mind that flaxseed oil doesn’t contain dietary fibre and Lingans which are key for healthy digestion. Flaxseed itself does.

Top tip: If you’re looking for pure flaxseed, opt for ground flaxseed. It’s easier for your body to absorb nutrients from ground seeds.

Nutritional findings taken from Mayo Clinic.

salmon-sushi-265x300Delicious Fish: opt for the fatty ones
Get out the grill, the pan or the baking dish and fall in love with fish. Not just any fish, though. Fatty fish types contain nutrients that you’ll need and want for what’s known as Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids. The Essential Fatty Acids that convert into these Long-Chain Omega-3 Acids can be found in fatty fish and shellfish.

We like herring, oysters, sardines, trout, crab, tuna and our favourite is salmon. If you aren’t a lover of fish when you were younger, try it again. Your body tends to crave what it needs for health, and as we age and need more Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, our body learns to crave the taste of fish more.

Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil
Put down the butter and substitute with walnut, canola, soybean or mustard oil! Not only are these alternatives better for your overall health and, particularly, your cholesterol levels, but they provide 0.8 to 1.4 grams of Alpha-Linolenic Acid per serving.

You can also get Linolenic Acid from safflower oil (10.1 grams per serving), sunflower, soybean or corn oil (6.9-8.9 grams per serving) or sesame oil (5.6 grams per serving). There are many reasons to avoid saturated fats like butter, palm oil or coconut oil – healthy skin is just one of them!

While great skincare products give great results, truly healthy skin begins from the inside out. Make sure that your diet is rich in Essential Fatty Acids by incorporating some of the foods above into your diet. Not only will your skin look better, but you’ll also feel better.