5 Must-have Products for Summer

By 29 November 2018 Articles & Media

Summer has finally arrived, a time of the year that we all excitingly look forward to as we hang up the winter coats and whip out our shades and sun dresses. I have put together a list of my Top 5 product recommendations for summer so that you can relax knowing that your skin is well protected whilst enjoying some of summer’s best moments such as the cool wind in your hair, wiggling your toes in the beach sand and to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

As we prepare for the warmer months ahead it is important to understand that our skins are formally coming out of hibernation and will require some much needed TLC and protection from the many harsh elements that summer has on offer, therefore making it vital to ensure that we feed our skins with the best ingredients that will allow it to strengthen and grow.

1. Growth Factors and Stem Cells

What are Growth Factors and Stem Cells?

Growth factors and Stem Cells are specialized cells found within the body that are solely responsible for cell to cell communication and are able to transform themselves into any shape or form which allows them to travel to where they are needed within the body.

How do they benefit my skin?

Extreme sun exposure can cause damage to the skin and compromise its functionality. Applying growth factor/stem cell based serums to the skins surface once absorbed, ensure healthy skin functioning and boosts Collagen and Elastin levels, providing a smooth, healthy and radiant skin appearance.

Top Product Picks:

  • Dermaquest Stem Cell Rebuilding Complex.
  • IS Clinical GenexC.

2. Retinols

The ultimate skin vitamin, I consider it to be the power element of every home skincare program. As we sleep at night our skin doesn’t, making it important for us to use ingredients such as retinol to keep it active, fit and healthy.

What are Retinols and how do they work?

Retinol, Tretinoin, Retinyl Palmitate are all different forms and strengths of Vitamin A that are topically applied to the surface of the skin to boost overall functioning, brighten your complexion and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

All forms of Vitamin A work very differently to that of other treatment products as they are easily absorbed and are able to target to the deepest layers of your epidermis that lines the skins surface as well as the inside of your pores. Once absorbed it stimulates your epidermis to increase new skin cell production forcing old, pigmented skin cells and underlying congestion up towards the surface to be naturally exfoliated off.

How do Retinols benefit my skin?

The increase in new skin cell turnover stimulates the underlying epidermal tissue known as your Dermis. This promotes more Collagen and Elastin to be produced, making those fine lines/wrinkles less evident by improving the overall thickness and firmness of your skin.

Top Product Picks:

  • Dermaquest Retinaldehyde- Sensitive/reactive skin types.
  • Dermaquest Retexture Serum- All skin types.
  • Dermaquest Retinol Brightening Serum- Suitable for pigmented skins/even skin tone.
  • Dermaquest Retinol Peptide Youth Serum- Suitable for any anti-aging skin program.

3. Antioxidants

What are Antioxidants?

The skin is our first line of defense against many harsh external factors. As our bodies are under constant attack antioxidants provide our cells with extra protection from free radicals found in UV rays from the sun, harmful pollution in the air and sometimes in the foods that we eat. They work alongside our own natural bodily defenses and are often found in all shapes and sizes, either by following a healthy diet, supplementation or by applying synthetically produced antioxidant serums directly onto the skins surface.

How do I get Antioxidants and do they benefit me?

As it is often difficult for us to eat our own weight in oranges, the easier option would be to use serum based products which are then applied and are directly absorbed into the skin to provide cellular protection throughout the day and reparative benefits whilst we sleep at night.

Top Product Picks:

  • IS Clinical Proheal- Suitable for skins prone to Redness/Rosacea.
  • Dr Shrammeck Beauty Flash Vitamin C- Suitable for Normal/Oily Skin Types.
  • DR Shrammeck Mela White Vit C- Suitable for Pigment Prone Skins/Brighter even skin tone.
  • IS Clinical Genex C- Suitable for all skins.

4. Serums and Masks

Skin serums and masks have become an important part of many home skincare routines as they form a vital role in assisting in the treatment of your main skin concerns.

What are Serums?

Serums are typically a thin liquid made up of small molecules to allow for faster absorption to reach the deepest layers of your epidermis. As they usually form the first step in your product application routine, the serum applied should target and treat your skin concerns.

How do masks benefit my skin?

Skin Masks are the perfect addition to your already established home skincare program. They have a slightly thicker consistency to that of moisturizers to provide a barrier over the skins surface, continuously feeding it full of ingredients to hydrate, brighten, or clear up blemishes on the skin. Multi masking is often the best way to treat more than one skin concern at a time by applying your desired mask to the areas that need it most.

Top Product Picks:

Serums:

  • Dermaquest Skinbrite Serum- Pigment and Blemish Mark Prone Skins.
  • Dermaquest Dermaclear Serum- Acne/ underlying congestion, makes for a great spot treatment too.
  • IS Clinical Super Serum- Scarring and Skin Rejuvenation.

Masks:

  • Dr Shrammeck Mela White Mask- Suitable for Pigmentation/brighter skin tones.
  • Dr Shrammeck Black Clearing Mask- Suitable for Acne/ Congested skins.
  • Dr Shrammeck Hydra Maximum Mask- Suitable for dehydrated skins after sun exposure.

5. SPF

Sun protection factor is no longer an unknown term used that is unfamiliar to most but has become a vital second nature step when applying products to the skin.

SPF’s are easily available as sun awareness has grown over the years making it even easier to give your skin the protection that it needs. There are so many different types to choose from, you should enjoy using the one you have chosen.

Top Product Picks:

  • IS Clinical Eclipse Beige/ Extreme Protect SPF 50- Ideal for everyday use.
  • Zinc Stick- Skin Tone Color, Ideal for blocking out Hormonal Pigmentation and Provides Extra Protection.
  • ISDIN FOTO Fusion Water-Safe Eye Technology prevents your eyes burning.

You can now look forward to the enjoying the warmer months ahead knowing exactly how to take better care and protection of your skin throughout summer.

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