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.

Summer Skin Essentials: SPF Protection, Antioxidants and Body Care

ImageWe say summer skin care means paying more attention to these:

SPF protection products

Antioxidant products and

Body care.

Here are our top tips and picks:

SPF Protection Products
What They Are: Excuse us if we’re stating the obvious but sun protection products are any products that have an SPF or PA protection factor associated with them. These types of products have been specifically designed to be worn on days when you will be exposed to the sun for extended periods of time (such as a hiking trip or a day at the beach).

Why You Need Them: Nothing damages the skin more than exposure to UV rays. UV rays damage all skin cells, including collagen, elastin and melanocytes. This can lead to skin damage as well as skin diseases. You may spend more time in the sun during the summer months, but you need to stay protected from the damage of UV rays all year round.

What You Need to Know: SPF and PA protection factors for products are both different ways of indicating how much UV protection is offered from a product. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) relates to protection against UVB rays which burn the skin, ouch! PA indicators tell how much protection a product gives against UVA rays, which age the skin, argh!

ImageRecommended Product: Water Resistant Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 | PA+++
Murad’s most popular sunscreen product delivers both UVA and UVB protection while also improving skin’s overall health to make you age-proof.

Customer Review
“I have very fair skin, and burn easily. This product was the best investment I ever made to protect my skin against the sun! I recently travelled to the Dominican Republic and Mexico; I used this sun block and my skin did not burn. I am convinced this is the best sun protection for my fair skin type.”

 

Antioxidant Skin Care Products for Summer
What They Are: Antioxidant skin care products are any topical skin care products that have been formulated with an emphasis on including antioxidants, the natural healthy skin agents found in many fruits and vegetables.

Why You Need Them: Much of the damage that UV rays do to your skin can be prevented or undone with antioxidants. UV rays create free radicals in your body. Free radicals are damaged cells that attack other cells (primarily skin cells) in an effort to repair themselves. When a free radical attacks a skin cell, it damages it and results in sun damage, age and sun spots or even skin diseases. Antioxidants are nature’s warriors against free radicals and can work to minimise UV damage and sun damage.

What You Need to Know: It’s not only important to include antioxidants in your topical skin care. It’s equally important to leverage the Inclusive Health™® aspect of Living Better and eat a diet rich in antioxidants. Though antioxidants can be found in almost all fruits and vegetables, they are found in higher quantities in fruits that have a dark color (such as blueberries and pomegranates) and dark green, leafy vegetables.

ImageRecommended Product: Pomphenol Sunguard Dietary Supplement

These supplements contain 100% pure pomegranate extract! Pomegranate is one of the most important foods to combat sun damage as it’s full of polyphenols like ellagic acid. Dr. Murad has conducted clinical trials that show roughly a 25% improvement in SPF when pomegranate is added to a diet. If your sunscreen also contains pomegranate extract there is an additional improvement in SPF by 20%. Customers have found they can help prevent prickly heat too!

Customer Review

“I know my skin is being protected when I take this supplement. This truly is sunscreen from the inside/out. Pomegranate is a very powerful antioxidant, and makes me feel more safe than just wearing sunscreen alone.”

Body Care Products for Summer
What They Are: Just so we’re perfectly clear, Body Care products are any type of product that’s designed for skin that isn’t on your face! That may mean a firming and smoothing cream or it may mean a back acne treatment.

Why You Need Them: Couple of reasons. First, the warm weather means we expose more skin – and we dust off the dreaded bikini! Secondly, body care products are formulated differently than skin care products for your face. The skin on the rest of your body tends to be thicker and rougher than on your face and skin care products need to address this difference in texture.

What You Need to Know: Body care shouldn’t be something that you do only for summer. Just because you don’t see your skin as often in the winter, it doesn’t mean that it’s not important to keep it healthy! 

ImageRecommended Product: Murad Firm and Tone Serum
This topical cream helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite and loose skin. It’s a patented, breakthrough product which contains encapsulated liposomes (bear with us) that deliver active ingredients to the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks – hoorah!

Customer Review
“This was my first experiment with a cellulite regimen and I was amazed! I kept it in my refrigerator and applied nearly every day after showering. Even my friends are amazed by the results. Not only did the cellulite disappear, but my legs became firmer.”

Final thought on summer skincare: remember regardless of your summer skin needs, be sure to combine your topical skin care products with a healthy diet, exercise and stress management techniques so you can start Looking Better, Living Better and Feeling Better!