Everyone loves the sun, right? Let our resident beauty expert and professional makeup artist, Natalie Piacun of TAW Salon on The Pantiles, walk you through some of her golden highlights for glowing summer skin.
Whether you’re going on a long-awaited holiday abroad or simply enjoying the glorious English summer, skin protection should be high on your holiday checklist and part of your daily routine.
Although we love the sun, it can also be very harmful to your skin. When looking for SPF protection, look for products that contain effective UV indices – UVA (protects against skin aging), UVB (protects against skin burns).
Try to find products that contain non-nano zinc oxide, as it does not penetrate the skin. It is also claimed to be the safest UV filter for human health, marine life and coral reefs. Be sure to apply all SPF products 30 minutes before sun exposure and remember to reapply frequently.
Here’s how to trade dull winter skin for a fresh, healthy glow with my top five tips:
1. Fake it until you do – for a sun-kissed glow try NIVEA’s Q10 Firming & Radiant Body Moisturizer £9.99 400mI
This lightweight, tan-grading body lotion moisturizes, noticeably firms and improves elasticity in ten days to leave skin looking and feeling beautiful. Enriched with the proven anti-aging ingredient Coenzyme Q10, it provides maximum plumping and firming power. With refreshing scents of rose, jasmine, peach and plum blended with hints of bergamot, it means you can say goodbye to the dreaded “fake tan” smell.
2. A refreshing spritz with NORDIC-C [VALO] GLOW REFRESH MOISTURIZING MIST €19.90, 100ML
Hydrate the complexion with Lumene Nordic-C [Valo] Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist. This radiance-enhancing formula contains antioxidant-rich Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Vitamin C, plus pure Arctic Spring Water for instant hydration.
The product is vegan, containing recycled and artisanal ingredients.
3. Simplify your skincare routine with facial moisturizer and SPF in one with CeraVe Hydrating Facial Lotion SPF 50
It’s a winning formula of skin-loving ceramides and hyaluronic acid – suitable for all skin types and tones – and has SPF50 protection plus key ingredients niacinamide and vitamin E to soothe skin and protection against pollution particles to protect against skin damage from city pollutants. Developed with dermatologists, the lightweight, moisturizing lotion offers a new level of broad-spectrum SPF protection, combined with three essential ceramides to help restore and maintain the integrity of the skin’s barrier against daily harmful UVA and UVB rays.
4. Hydrate and shine with Proshine
As a professional makeup artist, I’m always on the lookout for those skincare heroes that are convenient and easy to use with a beautiful skin finish.
Which brings me to Proshine – a solid high shine body oil. Easy to apply with a moisturizing and healing blend containing soy wax, shea butter and mango butter. Seal in moisture for smooth, nourished skin, while protecting skin from environmental damage. Moringa Oil and Tamanu Seed Oil help brighten and add shine, while Panthenol D/Provitamin B5 helps strengthen the skin barrier and prevent moisture loss. Tomato seed oil helps heal dry, cracked skin.
The woodsy scent has a hint of citrus from a combination of cedar leaf oil, jasmine oil, petitgrain oil and May Chang oil.
No nasty bits, eco-friendly and made in the UK.
5. Exfoliate with NORDIC-C [VALO] FRESH GLOW BRIGHTENING MASK 29,90 €
Incorporate into your skincare routine once or twice a week, this gel mask helps re-energize dull winter skin, giving it an even tone and natural glow. Source of AHAs, Arctic Cloudberry Vinegar helps clear dullness and reveal luminous skin, with ultra-gentle chemical exfoliation to dissolve dead skin cells and surface impurities. Full of antioxidants, protecting the skin by neutralizing environmental aggressors, including UV damage. Please note that you should stop using any retinol or AHA treatments three days before you hit the beach, as these products chemically exfoliate, making new skin thinner, more delicate and more susceptible to burning.