The Summer Skin Reboot

Successful skin care isn’t one-season-fits-all – adapt your routine to combat heat, humidity and harmful rays

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We think nothing of switching in a whole new wardrobe come summer, so why neglect your skin? A year-round investment means adapting to your skin’s changing needs, whether they’re down to sun exposure, city grime or a simply less-is-more approach. Votary founder and makeup artist Arabella Preston is a pro at the summer switch-up: “In summer I love keeping makeup really light and effortless, but I up my SPF from a 30 to a 50, so I need a cleanser that can cut through it at the end of the day.” Read our summer skin guide and take the seasonal transition in your stride. . .

SPFs, waterproof makeup and city heat can all add up to a skincare ‘mare, so cleansing should be top priority. A hot cloth formula like Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil is the perfect solution as it opens pores to melt away every scrap of makeup and pollution. You’ll get gentle exfoliating action from the cloth, too.

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Toner is an essential step in summer, so don’t skip it! An essential-oil-packed formula feeds skin with more of the good stuff it needs to appear younger, plus toning helps clear away any excess oil or sun cream left over from cleansing. Try Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherce, available in-store.

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Don’t hold back on exfoliating in summer – you need this step to ensure your summer day is truly erased from your skin. The absence of harsh winter weather means your skin can take more exfoliation that usual, so try Refine and Polish Miracle Balm by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare twice a week. Just make sure to wear sun cream the day after you’ve exfoliated.

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Dry skin should enjoy some relief during summer thanks to kinder weather, but the ageing effects of sun exposure are no joke. Protect and refresh your skin with some serious expertise from Sisley, or for a lighter touch, try Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser.

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