Dare to Bare – Whip Your Skin Into Summer Mode

The tantalizing promise of warmer days is right ahead, flirty sundresses and strappy sandals are whispering your name – Are you ready to flaunt some gorgeous looking skin in the face of the fast approaching hot summer months?


Swop Out Your Skincare

Trick to maintaining great skin during summer months is, adjusting your skincare regimen to suit the sweltering temps and humidity. Just like your outfits’ get skimpier and fabrics more breathable, the same holds true for your skincare. If you use a creamy cleanser, change to a foaming face wash or even a glycolic acid based cleansing gel, to remove dirt, sweat and leftover sunscreen more efficiently. While shopping for a moisturizer during hot weather go for lightweight oil-free products. In fact switch all your skincare, makeup and SPF from creamy texture to a lighter lotion or serum textures. 2-in-1 products combining skin nourishing and moisturizing in one step are always a smart choice for hot weather. I’d recommend “AminoGenesis Perfect Reflection” a multi-vitamin and amino acid packed moisture-binding serum to keep your skin hydrated and healthy this summer.


Exfoliate Your Way To Picture Perfect Skin

If your skin looks dry and scaly after a winter spent hibernating under long sleeved attire, use a body mitt, a grainy scrub or “Braun SkinSpa” sonic exfoliating brush to get your skin back to a silky smooth state. Slough off dead skin all over by using gentle circular motions twice a week to reveal smooth skin and get rid of pore clogging dead skin cells. Maintain this exfoliation ritual all summer long, it will come in handy especially when you need to rid your skin of sunscreen and oil from your days spent outdoors. An added bonus to regular exfoliation is that it makes your skin more receptive to moisturization and also helps self-tanners to absorb more evenly.





Smooth Away Chicken Skin

Keratosis Pilaris (aka KP) is an annoying buzz kill in summer. To be able to skip throwing a full sleeve over your shoulders when going strapless, treat the red, goose-bumpy skin on your upper arms with a no-holds-barred plan. A comprehensive treatment should offer a 3-tiered solution to help control the symptoms of KP: Dry dehydrated, spikes of dead skin, and pigmentation. Exfoliate daily with blends of alpha or beta hydroxy acids lotions and once a week practice micro-dermabrasion in your shower with a scrub for more thorough results. Moisturize with a dermatologist strength buffered glycolic acid lotion with a urea base. Urea is the best agent to look for in moisturizers to smooth and hydrate even the driest and roughest skin. Incorporate agents like vitamin A and C, arbutin, and Kojic acid that can help remedy the red and pigmented brown polka dots associated with KP.




Banish Bacne

Tank top season is unforgiving for acne on the back, chest and upper arms. If your skin is blemish-prone, medicated cleansers containing high levels of salicylic acid can help you avoid those annoying back and chest breakouts. When it comes to body blemishes, prevention is the best medicine: wash oily areas of your body daily with acne cleansers, change out of sweaty gym clothes and hit the showers right after a workout. If your acne is severe and leaving behind scars and brown marks, talk to your dermatologist for a prescription medication.





Bathe & Epilate Smarter

There’s nothing fun or pretty, about limbs marred with razor burns, ingrown hair and folliculitis. Invest into a good home hair removal system like Braun SkinSpa, which can facilitate a professional spa-like experience while exfoliating and epilating in the comfort of your own home. If you’re into shaving, change your blades often and keep skin well lathered while shaving. Keep your showers short as long hot showers can have drying effects on the skin. While bathing switch to lukewarm water and finish off with a cool rinse to close pores and leave skin looking and feeling smoother. Follow up with an irritation-minimizing moisturizer and you’ll not only increase the life of your epilation but also your skin will feel and look smoother all summer.




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Shazia Ali
A certified dermatologist, Skincare guru to the who's who of the Middle East, Dr. Shazia knows the secrets of anti-aging, the insider tips and tricks on how to achieve healthy, beautiful radiant skin and everything in between. Currently the brand Ambasador for University of Westminster, and the head Dermatologist at Tababa Clinics.

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