29 Oct How To Get Your Body Summer Ready

Winter layering is more than a chic way to dress for the cooler months. It’s also an excellent way to hide a streaky fake tan, dull skin and another day avoiding the razor. Winter layers are your friends… until they’re not.

As soon as the warmer weather hits, it’s time to get back into gear and show your limbs some pre-summer loving. If you’ve been neglecting your body care regime for some time, chances are your skin isn’t looking as fresh as you’d like.

We consulted leading Sydney Dermatologist Dr Li-Chuen Wong for his best tips on how to get your skin ready for the heat.

Choose the Right Products

Think you can keep using the same products year round? Think again.

“In summer, humidity is higher and therefore a lighter lotion would be ideal rather than a thicker emollient, that may block hair follicles,” says Wong.

When you’re in the shower, keeping it short and simple is key.

“Keep showers short and less than 5 minutes. Use a soap free, fragrance-free body wash that won’t dry out your skin”.

“Gentle skin exfoliation twice a week will also help with removing our dead skin cells, making your summer skin more glowing and radiant

Keep Skin Hydrated and Protected

“With exposure to the sun, surf and sand, our skin will become more dry, irritated and even inflamed. It’s important to regularly moisturise the whole body at least once a day to maintain skin hydration.”

It’s no news flash, but SPF is really important.

“Wear a broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen whenever out in the sun and re-apply every 2-3 hours. Don’t forget to wear a hat and a SPF 50 lip balm as well. Try to avoid direct sun exposure between 11-3pm as this is when our Australian sun is most harsh and damaging to our skin.”

Dealing with Body Pimples

If you’re prone to body pimples, the summer months can be tough. Dr. Wong assures us that there are methods to treat body breakouts and avoid future eruptions.

“Body pimples tend to affect the upper back and chest regions. Use a mild exfoliating body wash such as a 2% salicylic acid wash in the shower. Avoid thick occlusive sunscreens and moisturisers that will only block skin follicles. When moisturising, make sure you are rubbing the emollient in the direction of the hair follicles. Apply a keratolytic such as a topical vitamin A cream and a topical antibiotic lotion to the areas of pimples.

“Try not to squeeze and traumatise the lesions as this will lead to scarring”.

Scrub up, put some lotion on, and definitely do not forget SPF. Summer is right around the corner.

We suggest Aveeno Daily Moisturising Sheer Hydration Lotion ($13), Cancer Council Oil Free SPF 50+ Sunscreen Continuous Spray ($20), and Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body ($25).