5 Skin Commandments For Surviving The Arabian Heat

BY Samantha Hamilton Rushforth / Jul 26 2017 / 22:03 PM

Regional experts reveal their tips, tricks and product recommendations to keep your skin in shape this summer

5 Skin Commandments For Surviving The Arabian Heat
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Jessica Kahawaty for Harper's Bazaar Arabia January 2017

Just as your style evolves when the weather heats up, so should your skincare. Bazaar booked in for a one-on-one with the best beauty aestheticians in town to get their definitive dos' and don'ts on how to adapt your face and body beauty routines in the sweltering summer months. 

1. Upgrade Your Ingredients

Control your oil, moisture levels and breakouts by looking for products that contain these multi-tasking miracle workers:

Vitamin C: It's an incredible antioxidant and it stimulates collagen production which increases glow and evens out spots. For best results, look for a high concentration and combine with vitamin E.

Peptides: Studies show certain peptides can boost collagen production or speed wound healing and mimic the effect of Botox when applied topically. 

Antioxidants: Antioxidants are powerful substances that help to fight inflammation-containing substances in the body known as free radicals. Free radicals are emitted when your body breaks down food or taken in when your body is exposed to harmful irritants, when free radicals damage the body, they particularly break down collagen proteins in the body. 

Hyaluronic Acid:  This little molecule helps keep skin plump, and is one of the world's finest humectants (elements that attract and retain water). It partners well with other active skin care ingredients, so you can layer it with retinol, for example, and use it daily. 

- Rebecca Treston, Founder and Manager Rebecca Treston Aesthetics, Euromed Clinic Dubai 

2. Know When To De-Fuzz 

Epilation is one of the most effective methods for removing hair but the process comes with it's own set of rules. Never exfoliate, epilate and then head straight to the beach as the top layer of your skin will be more exposed that usual, meaning that harmful UV rays from the san can damage your new cutis - affecting collagen levels and elastin fibers.

To prep your skin for flawless epilation you should exfoliate 4-5 days before you plan to travel. This will release any ingrown hair under the skin plus as the dead skin will be sloughed off your skin will look more radiant and smooth. Exfoliation before epilation is a game changer in terms of getting the smoothest results. 

Dr. Shazia Ali, Dermatologist and Braun Silk-épil SkinSpa expert

3. Plan your Tan

Don't just settle for any old suncream on the beauty counter, the most effective formulas state that they are sweat-proof and waterproof, allowing you to spend the maximum amount of time enjoying your holiday without having to reapply every 30 minutes. Avoid directly laying in the sun from 10am to 4pm as these are peak heat hours, but if you must be outside, shelter your face with a hat and use a minimum of SPF50 on your shoulders, chest and neck. This will still allow you to get a tan, but prevent any redness and burns. 

- Sonia Mathur, Beauty Expert at Organic Harvest

4. Adjust Your Bedtime Beauty Routine 

Due to humidity, heat and external agressors, your skin's composition can change dramatically over the summer in four main areas, and requires four new custom solutions:

- Redness and sensitivity

Change from the cold indoor to extreme outdoor temperatures, can cause the capillaries in our skin to expand and shrink quickly which can lead to broken veins, skin redness as well affects our complexion.

- Dryness and dehydration

When the air is extremely dry it tends to draw out the moisture from our skin, which in return can lead to dehydration, flakiness and dryness. To combat this concern I recommend using the La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum Rare moisturizer as it contains a climate-activated moisture matrix to enhance skin hydration by adjusting the skin’s own temperature and humidity levels.

- Humidity and blocked pores

Humidity tends to increase our skin perspiration, which can lead to blocked pores and breakout. The solution for this concern is to adopt a double step cleansing routine at night, by first using a cream based cleanser to dissolve dirt, followed by a foaming cleanser. 

- Pigmentation

As the sun intensifies during the summer season, it speeds up the production of melanin which can lead to hyperpigmentation if the skin is not protected well. Although protecting the skin during the day is a must, at night time you can opt for brightening serums and a sleep mask that can help the skin regenerate and bring it back to its youthful state. 

- Tina Bogale, La Prairie Training Manager

5. Protect Yourself Against Summer Skin Pollutants 

During the longer summer days, heat can exacerbate air-born pollutants that contribute to skin concerns such as eczema, contact dermatitis and ageing agressors. Physical or chemical pollutants which enter the system or sit on the top layer of the skin can trigger an innate response of inflammation: the body’s natural way of protecting the skin from unknown invaders. This inflammation however, shows up in the form of skin ageing like wrinkles, pigments and spots.

Most importantly, we all want to know how we can prevent ageing caused by summer pollution, without becoming completely housebound. Dr Martin Godfrey explains "The human skin is a wonderful organ; it does act as a biological shield against pro-oxidative chemical and physical air pollution but does need a little assistance. It needs to be in top shape for it to be able to undertake its natural skin protective processes."

- Dr Martin Godfrey, Gold Collagen Medical Consultant