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Ask the experts; golden skincare rules to follow in summer

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After what has felt like a long and dreary winter the sun has finally made an appearance and our thoughts are turning to picnics in the park and lazy days on the beach.

And as we plan to spend more time outside in the (hopefully) glorious weather, it's important to remember to evolve our winter skincare regime to make sure we are properly looking after our skin.

With this in mind, we spoke to two beauty experts about how we can switch up our daily skincare regime to help protect our skin under the sun's rays.

Here Dr Stefanie Williams, dermatologist and Medical Director of European Dermatology London, and Joanna McGarry, Stylist's Associate Editor (Beauty), give us their top golden rules and recommended products for summer skincare. We'll see you at the ice cream van!

Morning routine

Use a serum every morning


To ensure we get the maximum possible protection from UV rays, it is essential to smooth a couple of drops of an anti oxidant serum over our face after cleansing, as these contain a boost of vitamins to help protect the skin.

Dr Williams said, "My absolute number one rule is to start using a high grade antioxidant serum every morning after your cleanser." 

Recommendation: Ce Ferulic by Skin Ceuticals, £129, from skinceuticals.co.uk

Change your cleanser and moisturiser

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As the weather turns warmer you should switch heavy cleansers and moisturisers for lighter formulations.

Dr Williams advises, "Now that it's spring you might want lighter formulations that are less oily and greasy because your skin won't be as dry as it is in winter. Plus, if you use something too heavy it might cause a breakout of spots."

Recommendation: La Roche-Posay Toleraine range, which has four levels of heaviness. Change the consistency depending on the weather and your skin. Various prices from laroche-posay.com

Throughout the day

Always wear broad spectrum sun protection under makeup

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After cleansing and using an anti oxidant serum to prepare your face for exposure to the sun it is essential to use broad spectrum sun protection on your skin.

Dr Williams recommends an SPF of 30 - 50 to protect against the stronger UV intensity that we experience from the sun's rays during summer.

"The typical SPF of 12 - 15 won't cut the mustard for summer. Plus, you never really reach the factor on the pack because you don't typically reapply your makeup every 1-2 hours."

Recommendation: Physical Protectant SPF 50 by Jan Marini, £42.39, from facethefuture.co.uk

Switch your foundation for a tinted moisturiser


Wearing a heavy foundation in the warmer summer months can wreak havoc on your skin. If you still want coverage for your skin, switch your usual winter foundation for a lighter tinted moisturiser, BB cream or CC cream.

Joanna McGarry says, "I like the Nars Tinted Moisturiser as a foundation substitute. It still has a decent amount of coverage but glides on like a moisturiser."

Recommendation: Nars Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30, from selfridges.com

Re-apply sun cream every 1 - 2 hours


A simple rule that we can all follow in the summer months is to keep re-applying a high SPF sun cream every one to two hours.

Recommendation: Heliocare Body Spray SPF 50, £19.99, from skinoracle.com

Keep skin hydrated

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As well as drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated during the summer months, it is essential to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.

Joanna McGarry says, "For me, hydrating in summer should be little and often rather than heavy in one sitting, I keep a facial mist in my drawer at all times." 

Recommendation: Frankincense Hydrating Facial Mist, £11.50, from nealsyardremedies.com

Look after your hands


It might sound like an odd tip, but your hands are likely to be exposed to a huge amount of sunlight and it's easy to forget to protect this delicate area of skin.

Dr Williams said, "You don't need to apply SPF to your hands in winter but you might want to do so in summer. You can get away with a lower SPF formulation as you will probably be applying hand cream more often throughout the day."

Recommendation: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Anti-Ageing Hand cream SPF 25, £4.79, from boots.com

Evening routine

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As well as swapping out your winter cleanser and moisturiser for lighter formulations, it's worth changing your usual night cream for a lighter oil.

Joanna McGarry says, "I’d use a light oil at night time. It feels somehow more holiday-like for summer and helps lock in hydration."

Recommendation: Linda Rodlin Olio Lusso, £105, from cultbeauty.co.uk



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