I am a big advocate of body brushing - it's something I do throughout the year but I do step up the routine in the Summer months when I know I'll have bare legs more often than not. I wanted to share the benefits of body brushing with you and as I use Legology's Lymph-Lite Brush daily, I could think of no one better than Kate Scott Thomas, founder of Legology and all round expert on all things legs, to ask to share her specialist knowledge on what you should be doing and why. Handing over to Kate.... A x
If I can impart nothing else in my role as a holistic facialist, it would be to wear SPF. This isn’t new information but it makes it no less important – skin damage caused by the sun is the most common concern I see in clinic and once the damage is there, it’s irreversible. This isn’t just holiday, lounging by the pool with a book sunshine we are talking about. This is the sun that hides behind the clouds on a grey day and the sun that doesn’t feel altogether that warm – it’s impact is less so than when your horizontally poised on the beach, but it’s still there.
Summer and Sun
We hear a lot of conflicting and confusing messages about sun exposure. On the one hand, we are told that sun exposure is an important way to get vitamin D and that we should spend more time outdoors. On the other hand, skin cancer is on the rise and so we need to cover up. Which of these statements are true?
Both of them.
We need sun exposure to keep our vitamin D at healthy levels and we need to protect ourselves from too much sun. So why not give the following tips a try:
Cover up. This is the best method of sun protection. A hat and shirt can protect you from the strongest sun rays. You can also remove them quickly and get direct sun exposure without sunscreen for 20 minutes, but only on your body because the A in UVA is ageing! For those with fair skin, use a hat and shirt in addition to sunscreen and supplement accordingly.
Stay in the shade. You won’t find animals lying on the beach, baking in the middle of the day, you’ll find them relaxing in the shade. UV rays are greatest when the sun is the highest in the sky between 10am and 4pm. If you can, try getting direct sun exposure in the morning and evening and relaxing in the shade when the UV is highest.
Use natural sunscreen. This is a must. Look for chemical-free varieties, high in UVB and UVA protection, that have a rating of "1" on the EWG sunscreen guide for sensitivity and try to avoid those with oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. Don’t skimp on the amount you use and don’t forget ears and lips! Reapply every 2 hours.
Examine your skin. I believe it is good practice to check your skin regularly for new moles (make sure your other half looks for you too in those hard to see spots) and contact your doctor if they are growing larger, significantly darker or are tender. If possible, do an annual check with a dermatologist to be sure.
Supplement Vitamin D. The balance between getting enough vitamin D but also protecting ourselves from the sun is not always obvious. Getting enough of this crucial vitamin clearly is a double-edged sword so the easiest way to make sure you are getting what you need, even during the summer, is to take a supplement. You could try D-Lux 3000 Vitamin D Spray
I hope the above has been helpful. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions or just want to let us know your experience of de Mamiel.
Summer is a season where extreme environmental factors prevail: the sun, increased humidity, intense UV radiation, dryness caused by air conditioning; all can take a toll on our skin. These will often result in an increase in oily skin, acne breakout, dark spots and freckles (sun damage) and dry/dehydrated skin.
In order to remedy these we need to cleanse, oxygenate and moisturize with lighter formulas and, it goes without saying, to protect and shield against UV radiation.
Keeping everything balanced may just be a case of getting more from the products you are already using, rather than having to think about what else to buy, so in Summer why not try:
- Increasing exfoliation – this is important 2-3 times a week– there can be more of a build up of surface debris in the summer as we tend to use thicker, heavier sunscreens.
- Using a face mist more regularly – a mildly acidic toner/face mist will hydrate the skin and restore the skin’s acid mantle which in turn prevents transepidermal water loss and dryness.
- Double cleanse each evening – once, to get the grime of the day off (the sunscreen, make up and pollution particles) and the second time, to massage and feed the skin.
- Moisturise well, especially in the evening - Summer calls for lighter, non-clogging, fast penetrating, antioxidant-rich moisturizers that lock in moisture and repair overnight.
As we all know, true beauty comes from within, so
- Try to increase water intake – just sip away all day! Add cucumber, raspberries or lemon to your water for variety.
- Eat your water – indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables, especially ones grown locally as they will have been on the vine for longer and the anti- oxidant and vitamin content, not to mention the flavour, is richer!