- Humidity, heatwaves, heavy-duty pollutants: summer can be the undoing of your hair and skin. Keep your cool with these modern beauty sun shields. By GRACE TIMOTHY
clear your complexion
The problem: Hot weather can play havoc when it comes to breakouts. “Sebum, the oily substance secreted by glands to protect the skin and hair, liquefies at 86ºF, flowing more easily from pores,” says Dr Tom Mammone, Clinique’s Executive Director of Skin Physiology and Pharmacology. “Even worse, when skin is in UV
defense mode, it doesn’t produce new cells as often as it should, leading to clogged pores.”
The solution: “Use a non-clogging SPF [look for the non-comedogenic label] and exfoliate more often,” says Dr Mammone. But do so with caution: anything too abrasive can thin the top layer of skin, leaving it open to sun damage. Opt for products containing salicylic acid: “It acts like a corkscrew, removing impurities from pores while gently exfoliating,” says A-list facialist Sarah Chapman. You can also limit pore blockages by using blotting paper to remove excess oil, says aesthetician Dr Vincent Wong.
The kit: Reduce sebum buildup with Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance Cleanse, which contains pore-clearing enzymes and brightening clays, and keep Tatcha Blotting Papers in your bag. They contain abaca leaf to help remove oil without stripping moisture.
protect your skin
The problem: Although UV exposure is a major outdoor concern, environmental pollutantscredits
Photograph: David Bellemere at Thomas Treuhaft
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