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How to Slay This Summer

Dr Rielle’s Top 5 Recs

Hello darlings,
Summer is finally here and to say I’m delighted is an understatement! I’m sure you would agree that if British Winter 2024 entered the Olympics it would win a GOLD MEDAL for being an absolute drag. So since Summer is not actually ghosting us, it’s time to don your chic linen co-ords whilst sipping that iced matcha latte – and I’m here to tell you how to look and feel like fab whilst doing it.

1. Flex with Handbag-friendly SPF mist

When it comes to using SPF, let’s be honest, we all know we need to use it regularly throughout the day (every 2 hours if in direct sunlight) but when it comes down to it, most of us don’t apply it enough. A lot of this comes down to barriers to using it- no one likes the feeling of a sticky white cast face just two hours after they’ve applied their day time glam whilst schmoozing at the beach club.

It’s important to explore what prevents you from using your suncream and also to know what properties you want out of it. Thus are able to find one that suits your needs and that you actually enjoy applying.

For me, SPF mist for the face is a must have because it means I can keep topping up my sun protection whilst my day time make up continues to serve. So, here are two of my top handbag friendly SPF mists:

SPLURGE: Mesoesthetic Antiaging Sunmist SPF 50 £48.00

  • Vitamin E, a hydrating antioxidant
  • pro collagen 47 which helps boost Collagen Type 1 for improved skin firmness and elasticity.

SAVE: Naked Sundays Hydrating Glow Mist Top up SPF 50+ £30.00

  • Anitoxidant rich
  • Contains hyaluronic acid for moisturising

2. Treat your feet to a peel before they hit the sand

Are the cracks on your heels deeper than the grand canyon? That’s not very hot girl Summer of you.

Let me introduce you to exfoliating socks, one of the weirdest but most effective foot treatments I’ve ever tried. You’ve heard of using AHAs as chemical exfoliators for your face but did you know you can turbo charge a version of the same treatment for your tootsies?

Forget breaking your back bending over scrubbing your feet with a poummice stone. It’s not giving. All you have to do is slip your feet into a pair of peel booties for one hour and then rinse your feet.

After 7 days the dry hard skin starts to peel away, this can last for a further 7 days, so I recommend doing this at least 2 weeks prior to your vacay.

This process if not painful but it is the most satisfying feeling to have your entire foot shed like a snake skin to reveal baby soft skin underneath. It’s like a deep spa pedicure on steroids at a fraction of the cost. Don’t forget to use a deeply hydrating balm after use to lock in moisture.

SPLURGE: Patchology Posh Peel £18

SAVE: Dr Glycolic™ Soft Feet 7-Day Peel Socks

3. Book your anti-wrinkle at the right time

Sunny seasons don’t mean you need to skip your brow lift – toxin treatments are totally safe all year round, it’s about booking them at the right time. Aim to get your anti-wrinkle treatment done 3-4 weeks before your holiday. This way, you can avoid intense sun exposure in the first two weeks post-treatment, which can affect the longevity and effectiveness of the toxin. So, plan ahead and stay snatched for longer.

4. Choose a skin booster that does MORE THAN just hydrate

For flawless poolside skin sans makeup, try my go-to regenerative injectable: polynucleotides. Derived from purified freshwater fish DNA, these little beauties target fine lines, laxity and uneven skin tone. They hydrate instantly and stimulate collagen production for thicker, firmer skin, perfect for delicate under-eye areas. Plus, their antioxidant properties fight free radicals, giving you that coveted clean girl glow.

I suggest 2-3 sessions spaced 3 weeks apart. The procedure is relatively comfortable although there may brief stinging upon injection, which quickly dissipates. As with any injectable procedure, there’s a potential for bruising, so allow at least 2 weeks between treatments and any important events.

5. Close the door on hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is just a fancy term for dark patches of skin that can lead to uneven skin tone. It happens when your body starts cranking out more melanin than usual. Melanin naturally gives our skin and hair their color, but when its production gets amped up, it can cause those darker spots. This can be triggered by aging, hormonal changes, skin injury or inflammation but the main culprit is too much sun exposure, thanks to the oxidative stress caused by UVA and UVB rays.

To keep your skin safe in the summer, slap on some SPF daily to block those harmful rays. Using antioxidants like Vitamin C or Niacinamide can also help combat sun-induced oxidative stress – Dr Somji Skincare’s  Vitamin C Daily Defence Moisturiser with SPF30 packs all of this in!! If you’ve already got hyperpigmentation, look for products with topical tyrosine inhibitors like tranexamic acid or alpha arbutin to control excess melanin production.

In Summertime, Clear Lift laser treatments are a fantastic option to combat hyperpigmenation. During this painless treatment, photoacoustic waves break down and shatter the offending pigment. What I love about this is that there is no downtime, it works for all skin types and studies show it also targets fine lines and wrinkles.

Treatments, skincare, fly away!

Now there’s only one thing to do – make sure your passport is in date and book that flight to a lit destination.

If commencing a personalised skin care plan with me sounds appealing, click here to book a consultation at any of our clinic locations. I develop bespoke plans based on clinical evidence and an in depth analysis of your skin.

If you have any questions about the above topics or there’s something you’d love me to cover in my next blog please feel free to contact us!

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