Avoid Summer Skin Sins with Cherry Woods

The turbulent summer weather can be tough on your skin, as can the sandy beaches, salty sea and, if you live in the UK, the harsh wins and bitterly cold rain. All we want – and that’s not just us at House of Coco – is to have skin as radiantly golden as the evening sun. Are we asking too much? Not according to Cherry Woods, who can make your skin look as picture-perfect all year round as it does in your Instagram snaps.

Celebrity facialist Cherry Woods is much loved by broadcasters, brides-to-be and beauty fans for her hi-tech, anti-ageing treatments. With summer here at last, Cherry has compiled a list of seasonal skin sins and how to avoid them. While there is no substitute for the luxury facials on offer at the Cherry Woods Skin Clinic in Richmond, these skin secrets could help you maintain a gorgeous glow all summer long.

SUMMER SKIN SIN:

“Suncream makes my skin feel oily and I think it causes spots, so I don’t want to wear it too much.”

How to be an angel:

This is one of the reasons it’s important to wear sun protection all year long! While there is stronger UVB light in summer, the UVA rays are there all year round and can cause deep tissue damage and saggy skin. Use springtime to slowly introduce a separate SPF product or simply increase your current SPF into your routine.  Be careful to go easy on your T-Zone, remembering it doesn’t need the same level of coverage on a regular day as it would on a beach holiday. They key is to allow your skin to adjust gradually, rather than suddenly swamping it in cream causing breakouts.

 

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Suncream: a must for all skins. Photograph: JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images/Blend Images

SUMMER SKIN SIN:

“I’ve seen loads of adverts for high street creams that will keep my skin healthy in summer, so I don’t need to look any further.”

How to be an angel:

While over the counter creams and treatments can of course be part of a healthy skin routine, there’s a reason expert facialists recommend salon brands and treatments, and use them ourselves. Non salon products available on the high street often have low activity levels to avoid any issues with sensitivity, while salon products provide more active, stronger ingredients that have higher concentrations or therapeutic value. The other crucial difference between self-selecting from a shelf in store and visiting a salon is that with the latter you can benefit from a therapist guided consultation, to get product that’s specific to YOUR skin and its needs.

 

Opt for a low PH in-salon peel with Cherry Woods

Opt for a low PH in-salon peel with Cherry Woods

SUMMER SKIN SIN:

“I’ll wait until my beach holiday to pamper my skin, I don’t need to worry until it’s really hot.”

How to be an angel:

I would highly recommend a gentle salon peel in spring to prepare your skin for summer in advance. I’m a big fan of low PH in-salon peels, which can be repeated weekly over three to four weeks for maximum impact. At the Cherry Woods Skin Clinic, I’ve just introduced the Epionce Corrective Peel (£95) which can be adjusted and adapted for all skin types and most skin conditions. It tightens, lightens, repairs and refines open pores and wrinkles and is also good for acne prone skin.

 

 

SUMMER SKIN SIN:

“Summer is all about sun, Pimms and eating out! As long as I wear suncream my skin will be fine.”

How to be an angel:

We are used to working from the outside in when it comes to skin, but working from the inside out can provide additional support when it comes to protecting you from the sun. Investing in Vitamin C oral supplements and cranking these up in spring will help stimulate your fibroblastic activity, which helps promote collagen production, which is key to skin repair and support . To be a five star skin student, add a good oral skin omega complex to your supplement regime too. This will help support the skins immunity, combat dehydration and reduce the blotchy redness associated with the hot summer months.  We all know that drinking to excess is dehydrating, but did you also know it causes broken capillaries and can permanently relax facial muscles? This can cause accelerated pre-mature skin and muscle ageing (eek!) so of course have fun but remember that moderation is always your best bet!

 

SUMMER SKIN SIN 

Protect your face and skin on the beach this summer

Protect your face and skin on the beach this summer

Sea water dries out my hair so it must do the same to my skin. I’ll skip the swimming and stay on the beach instead.

How to be an angel:

Swimming is obviously a fantastic way to work out and keep cool in summer. Plus, salt water can in fact be beneficial for mature or very acne prone skin, as well as some conditions such as psoriasis and certain types of eczema. While ordinary salt is largely sodium chloride, which is very dehydrating, the mineral salt found in sea water is rich in magnesium and calcium. This means that the latter can actually improve hydration by strengthening the barrier function of your skin. However if you have delicate or sensitive skin then I’d recommend keeping your face out of the salt water or, if this isn’t possible, neutralizing the effects of the salt by spritzing some plain water or a chamomile toner onto your skin.

 

For more expert skincare advice, visit @CherryWoodsSkin on Twitter.

To find out more about Cherry’s unique facials or to book an appointment, visit www.cherrywoodsclinic.com.

19A King St,

Richmond,

Richmond upon thames,

Greater London TW9 1ND

07792 713476

Caoilfhionn Rose

Caoilfhionn is a freelance travel writer who enjoys slow travel and avoiding landmarks in favour of diving into a destination's culture. Instagram: @CaoilfhionnRose

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