Tips from our Wellbeing Spa Therapists
Expert knowledge and advice
Top tips for preparing you skin for summer
Long sunny beach days, balmy evening BBQ parties and that longed for tan! We've put together our top tips on how to get your skin looking and feeling as good as possible to give you a confidence boost in those shorts!
Exfoliate for smoother skin & an even tan
Exfoliation removes dead and dull skin to help release your inner glow! It also helps your toner and moisturisers to work their best, so you get the most for the money you spend on your skin care. Top Tip: Always follow an exfoliation with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture and always protect freshly exfoliated skin from the sun with an SPF.
We all know that moisturising is key to your skin care regime and can keep you looking younger but it can also help protect your skin from environmental damage. A layer of moisturiser will create a barrier on your skin that keeps the natural oils from escaping and prevents harmful outside elements from causing dryness or irritation.
Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation, is water resistant, and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can. Top Tip: Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go out to allow time for the product to absorb into the skin and re-apply every few hours.
Say hello to H2O
Higher temperatures and more time outdoors easily leads to dehydration, which can cause headaches and even dizzy spells! Eight glasses of water every day will help maintain the critical moisture balance of your body and skin as well as to help detox from those extra evening glasses of Pimms or G&T! Top Tip: If you drink caffeinated drinks, you must triple the amount of water you drink!
Soothe over-exposed skin
You forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got the sun came out unexpectedly and caught you out - it happens to us all. Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you don’t have to suffer in pain! Soothing botanicals and cooling gels such as aloe vera can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation. Make sure to apply generously on over-exposed skin, preferably at the first sight of a pink glow. Top Tip: Keep your aloe gel or after sun in the fridge for a refreshing and extra-cooling treat for parched skin.
Boost your sunscreen with antioxidants. Look for skin care products containing antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea which can help reverse sun damage. Top Tip: Add a small amount of a serum containing vitamin C to your sun cream to help boost the antioxidants in it.
Our Spa Team are always on hand for advice, so feel free to give them a call on 01209 842354 or pop in and have a chat.