Celebrity facialist and skincare expert Melanie Grant has shared how you should adapt your skincare for the warmer months, and the products to use to boost your glow instantly.
These include swapping your moisturiser, cleansing twice in the evening to get rid of SPF and upping the amount of rainbow foods in your diet.
Celebrity facialist and skincare expert Melanie Grant (pictured) shared how you should adapt your skincare for the warmer months, and the products to use to boost your glow instantly
1. Swap your moisturiser
The first thing Melanie said you should do is swap your moisturiser out for something less clogging and more lightweight.
‘Changing over your rich and nourishing moisturiser for a lightweight lotion, gel or water-based emulsion to prevent occlusion and congestion,’ Melanie posted on Instagram.
A couple of her favourite products include The Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturiser by Victoria Beckham and the Biologique Recherche’s Emulsion Gel Biosensible.
If you’re not already cleansing twice in the winter, Melanie (pictured) said you definitely should be doing a double cleanse by the time summer rolls around
2. Up the antioxidants
The second thing the facialist said you should do in the summer months is up your antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid and Superoxide Dismutae.
‘These antioxidants are all incredibly beneficial at keeping the skin clear and bright, promoting collagen stores and shielding against free radicals that can be more damaging in the summertime,’ she said.
Vitamin C and Ferulic Acids are best used in the morning, to help brighten the skin.
3. Cleanse twice
If you’re not already cleansing twice in the winter, Melanie said you definitely should be doing a double cleanse by the time summer rolls around.
‘Ensure you’re cleansing twice in the evenings – once with a milk, balm or oil to remove makeup, pollution, dirt and oil, and then with an active formula that contains AHAs or enzymes to ensure the pores are completely free of sweat, free radicals and debris,’ she said.
Follow your cleansing with an exfoliation of some sort two or three times a week, which will help to refine and clarify your skin.
Melanie likes the Comedix Purity Detox Scrub, Biologique Recherche P50 and the Odacite Bioactive Rose Gommage.
Melanie (pictured with Victoria Beckham) boasts many glamorous clients including Kim Kardashian and Jessica Gomes
4. Make SPF part of your daily regime
The final step of your skincare regime in summer should always be SPF.
Melanie said most modern formulations are much better than they were historically, and leave no white marks but instead boast a host of hydrators to help double as sun protection and skincare in one.
She recommends popping your favourite winter products in the fridge for a few months to extend their shelf life.
5. Drink water upon waking
In the summer, many of us are guilty of not drinking enough water.
But Melanie said a simple way to combat this is to drink a room temperature glass upon waking.
‘I find having a big glass of room temperature water upon waking – as much as I love my coffee – always starts the day on the right note,’ she said.
‘I notice better digestion, improved energy and mental clarity and a reduction in sugar cravings,’ she said.
Then, just top up your bottle whenever you can throughout the day and add slices of cucumber, mint, grapefruit or lemon to help the flavour.
6. Add a fake glow
Melanie is a huge fan of fake tan over the real deal, and always opts for either a mousse or cream for the perfect golden glow.
If you are planning on fake tanning, she recommends you use a tanning mitt following a ‘vigorous body scrub’ and ice-cold rinse in the shower.
You should also apply some body moisturiser to your heels, knees and elbows to help with absorption.
Melanie (pictured) is a huge fan of fake tan over the real deal, and always opts for either a mousse or cream for the perfect golden glow
7. Eat the rainbow
If you want to boost your skin in the summer months, Melanie said eating the rainbow is always a good idea.
‘So many of my favourite antioxidant-dense skin-boosting foods are in season during the warmer months – like avocados, berries, cherries, tomatoes, bright green leaves, mangoes and cucumber,’ she said.
Melanie favours big leafy green salads with grilled fish and a delicious extra Virgin olive oil during this time.
8. Don’t forget your neck, decollete and hands
Finally, Melanie said you should always take your skincare down to your neck, decollete and hands.
This is because these areas are especially susceptible to sun damage because we often forget about them.
The facialist applies product on her neck and chest and then puts whatever is left on the back of her hands.
This will also pay dividends as you get older and need to prioritise keeping your skin young.
For more information about Melanie Grant, please visit her website here.