The joyous, gold-tinged glow of Australians in summer usually arises from an Aperol-spiked afternoon by the seaside. But, there are ways you can both mimic it and maintain it. A change of season usually ushers in a whole new approach to skincare, “but you don’t necessarily have to change everything just for the season,” advises Dermal Therapist, Diandra Politano. “Stay in tune with your skin and cleanse or hydrate accordingly.” Politano recommends cleansers with a gentle dose of AHA’s, which are particularly useful after a day of reapplying SPF (a mandatory). “This will ensure you are cleansing deeply enough at the end of the day.”
While technically not Australian, neighbouring New Zealand is essentially extended family, and Emma Lewisham’s Illuminating Exfoliant with AHA/BHA & 24 Hour Hydration is the gold standard of AHA exfoliation, delivering a resurfacing, hydrating and brightening triple threat. While fellow Kiwi Jeuneora’s newly-minted Brightening Booster is basically sunshine in a bottle, an antioxidant-rich booster serum with two high-potency forms of our favourite brightening ingredient, Vitamin C (essential for good glow-giving).
Back on home soil, Aesop’s new Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum is perfect for warm or humid climates. A daily hydrator that replenishes and fortifies the skin while guarding it against airborne pollutants, its pleasingly lightweight finish makes it a canny choice for those seeking an alternative to cream or oil-based moisturisers, something Politano suggests if you break out from sweating or the heat. “Lighter emulsions and fluid creams are great to have on hand for very hot humid days.”
But, don’t put oils to the side just because it is warmer! “After a day of swimming or being out in the sun, skin can be left dry, so minimising your evening to a serum and oil is a great way to repair your skin.” Try MECCA MAX’s WATERCOOLER Calming Hydration Serum and Mecca Cosmetica’s Everyday Face Oil from the divine (beauty) beings at Mecca, or Biossance’s award-winning SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL.
And remember, a tinted SPF — like Rationale’s new skin-perfecting and protecting #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+ — goes a long way. “A lot of these products now have ingredients to actually help clear your complexion. So you can let your skin shine through, glow and treat all at the same time.”