Summer Skincare Survival Guide

Summer is here. Yay!

The moment the sun comes out we all run for the nearest patch of grass and spend as much time as possible soaking up those rays and getting our fill of Vitamin D.

But exposure to the sun’s rays can be very drying and damaging to our skin. Of all the factors that prematurely age our skin (pollution, smoking, alcohol intake, poor nutrition), exposure to UV radiation (UVR) from the sun contributes up to 80% of skin damage. 

According to the journal of Dermatology Research and Practice, “UVR penetrates the skin, reaches the cells, and is absorbed by DNA, leading to the formation of photoproducts that inactivate the functions of DNA.”

So how do we help to prevent the drying effects of the sun, and protect our skin from the sun to prevent premature ageing and reduce the risk of skin cancer? Read our summer skincare survival guide to find out how…


1)  Use a daily moisturiser with an SPF of at least 30, like Dermalogica’s Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, £66.50 

2)  Wear a hat when you’re spending a long time out in the sun. We love this woven straw fedora from & Other Stories, £27. 

3)  Eat lots of tomatoes! Tomatoes contain lycopene which helps to mop up the damaging free radicals caused by sun exposure, and the effects are heightened when the tomatoes are cooked. The Journal of Nutrition found that eating tomato paste helped to protect the skin from burning when exposed to UV light. 

4)  Eat an antioxidant-rich diet. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are powerful antioxidants which help to protect skin cells from the damaging effects of the sun. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables to get vitamin C, and snack on sunflower seeds and almonds for plenty of vitamin E. It’s also a good idea to supplement your diet with these antioxidants.

5)  Supplement your diet to help hydrate and protect skin. The Potion London Hyaluronic Complex contains hyaluronic acid which helps to hydrate skin by holding 1,000 times its own weight in water inside skin cells. It also contains MSM which can stop the breakdown of collagen and elastin which leads to wrinkles, and Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect cells from the damaging effects of the sun.

6)  Add antioxidant-rich products to your summer skincare routine (when skin repairs itself) containing antioxidants to help protect the skin from the outside as well. We love The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone, £5.80 and The Body Shop Vitamin E overnight serum, £16 

7)  Drink plenty of water. In hot weather we perspire more to keep us cool, which depletes our water levels. Stay hydrated by drinking more water than usual and eat lots of water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes and celery.