There’s a reason why Korean skincare is so popular. Also known as K-Beauty the concept is all about perfecting and improving the look of the skin. Championing natural beauty its products combine cutting edge innovation and technology with natural ingredients. Gaining popularity a few years ago, K-Beauty quickly became a staple in routines across the globe. Bringing it to the Middle East is Kate Park. The founder of Lamise Beauty an e-commerce site and stand-alone store in Dubai, she shares her rules for looking after skin in the summer.
Don’t Stop Moisturizing
A lot of people think that they don’t need to use moisturizers because their skin feels greasier in the summer. Even if you have oily skin, you should not skip hydrating your skin with serum and cream because during the summer we get more exposure from the sun. These conditions break down your skin barrier and lead to inflammation and bacteria which interrupts skin recovery from the suns rays. For your summer hydration, you can use lightweight, water-based moisturizers and use mask packs regularly. The best temperature for keeping mask packs during the summer is between 12-15 °C. Put your mask pack in the refrigerator for five minutes before use, as it helps shrink pores and soothes your hot skin. Hydrogel mask packs like Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Nude Gel Mask are more effective when they are cool. If you have extra oily skin I recommend using sebum control masks and CHOBS Organic Oil Control Blotting Paper.
Our skin creates new cells and sheds dead skin every day. During the summer, the hot and humid weather increases excess oils and dead skin clogs the pores. This is why your skin feels dull and dry, so you need to exfoliate once or twice a week. Scrubbing is not the only way to exfoliate. There are chemical exfoliating peel pads and gel type creams like The Saem Cell Renew Bio Micro Peel Soft Gel and toner formulated with glycolic acid like CosRx AHA/BHA toner. These help to remove your dead skin cells very gently and cleans your clogged pores. Also, it helps your skin absorb serums and moisturizers effectively.
Add Vitamin C
During the summer our skin is vulnerable to hyperpigmentation. The best way to prevent pigmentation is to protect your skin from the damaging sun rays using sunscreen. Also, using products with antioxidants such as vitamin A, C or E improves your skin tone and helps repair a damaged dermis. Vitamin C is well known as a potent antioxidant and it promotes collagen production and helps prevent hyperpigmentation. You can add vitamin C into your skincare ritual by using Vitamin C serums between cleansing, moisturizing and mask packs like Mediheal Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask EX Mask and I.P.I Light Max Ampoule Mask. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend starting with a concentration of less than 20%.
SPF, SPF, SPF
We can’t talk about summer skincare without mentioning SPF. Sun rays are strong so you should protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV. Sunscreen helps prevent premature aging, skin cancer, and sunburns. We suggest avoiding the sun during midday and using products with SPF between 30 and 50 when you leave your home. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours. There are new types of sunscreens like sun spray and sun sticks. Spray type sunscreen such as JM Solution Glow Luminous Flower Sun Spray is more convenient than creams and sticks, especially after makeup. For the cream, I highly suggest ABYBOM Blue Cica Daily UV Defense Sunscreen with a calming cica complex of centella asiatica which gives a natural brightening and soothing effect for all skin types. If you have sunburns first you have to release the heat by using a cool towel and taking a cool shower. Then, we recommend applying moisturizers containing aloe vera with Mediheal Aloe Hydro Gel which soothes and cools damaged skin.
Extra Care for Eye Areas
The skin around your eyes is thin and very sensitive. The strong summer sun can be particularly harsh on the skin around the eyes. Use an eye cream with your ring fingers to tap and massage around the entire orbital bone. Also, you can use eye masks which help in hydrating and rejuvenating your skin under your eyes. Gel eye patches like JM Solution Honey Eye Patch provide an instant cooling effect which soothes and nourishes your skin under the eyes. If you prefer a cream type product, I would recommend AbyBom Sissy’s Lovely Roll Eye Cream. You can just squeeze the tube and gently sweep under your eyes using the applicator.