Sensitive skin: summer skincare tips
During the summer, sensitive skin needs an extra dose of hydration and protection. Follow these tips from a French pharmacy technician.
Summer is full of life’s little pleasures – after a long, cold winter, we long to soak up the warmth of the sun or to dive into warm, crystal-clear water. But during the summer months, sensitive skin often needs an extra dose of TLC. Never be bothered by sensitive skin again! Follow our tips from pharmacy technician Loubna Id Said for radiant skin all year round.
Sensitive skin: the basics… even in summer
Sensitive skin is caused by a variety of elements including emotions and stress, environmental factors such as wind, sun, temperature changes, air conditioning and pollution, and also inappropriate skincare treatments. If you suffer from sensitive skin, the first step is to repair and strengthen your skin’s protective barrier. “Always use products specially designed for sensitive skin – Look out for the words ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘sensitive skin’ on the packaging,” says Loubna Id Said.
Look for a lightweight moisturizer
Even sensitive skin craves light, fresh formulas in summer. But as the temperatures soar, skin tends to lose more water, which makes its natural protective barrier more vulnerable. Sensitive skin that feels tight and prickly needs to be kept moisturized, even in hot weather. Light formulas are fine as long as you opt for a lotion or emulsion that offers intense hydration. Look out for the words “24-hour hydration” on the label.
Sensitive skin: this summer, remember sun protection
In summer, enemy number one for sensitive skin is the sun itself. Apply a specially formulated facial sunscreen a few minutes after your moisturizing lotion and before going outside to make sure your skin is fully protected from the sun’s rays.
Spray on some thermal spa water
Make some waves on the beach this summer with a spa water spray. This is Loubna Id Said’s final tip. Mineral-rich spa water soothes and decongests skin that can be easily irritated by chlorine, sand and seawater. After spraying, let your skin soak up those therapeutic minerals before carefully dabbing it dry. The key to caring for sensitive skin is to be gentle – tap rather than rub to dry.