Summer Skin Q&A with Annabelle

  1. What is your top tip for maintaining the best skin during summer?

"Stay hydrated! Inside and out.  Sun, sea, sand...and even a few extra drinks at a Christmas party can easily lead to severe dehydration in your skin. As a result, this could trigger skin redness and inflammation, so a hyaluronic acid serum is a must have for everyone to maintain skin hydration (always keep your water bottle on hand too!). Two of my favourite hydrating serums are: the iS Clinical Hydra-Cool and SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel. Both products contain botanical anti-inflammatories which bring instant cooling relief to even the most sensitised skin. Our hyaluronic acid serums can also be used as lightweight moisturiser for oilier or acne-prone skin."


  1. What are your must-have skincare products for summer?

"First of all, a pigment inhibitor! For those of us with uneven skin tone, whether it be brown spots or melasma, we are well aware of how easily skin pigmentation issues can go downhill during the warmer months. Pigment inhibitors should be used all year round but can be introduced at any time, including the summer. Daily use of a pigment inhibitor will help to minimise the over-production of melanin and fade even the most stubborn pigmentation. At All Saint Clinic, we love the Aspect Complete Pigment Plus and SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector.

However, prevention is the key and therefore you must remember to wear your sunscreen! My number one tip is to find a sunscreen you love to wear or else you won't want to wear it regularly. We offer a great variety of broad-spectrum sunscreens that are pleasant to wear, including the SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defence SPF50, Universkin Nexultra L Brush, or Rationale #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+. We are happy to help you find one you love from our extensive high-performance range."


  1. What is your most recommended facial for summer?

"Summer generally means fun in the sun and socialising with friends and loved ones. With event season and parties in full flow, we tend to veer away from those deeper resurfacing treatments and opt for the GLOW factor! The ultimate facial to get your glow on would be our luxurious SAINT Red Carpet Laser Facial. Enjoy 90-minutes of pure bliss with a nourishing steam, cleanse, oxygen and enzyme therapy, vitamin infusion and Healite combined with our much-loved Laser Genesis. We will be sure to leave your skin looking its very best for any special occasion you have coming up!" 


  1. What do you personally do differently for your skin during summer vs. other times of the year?

"As I have oily skin myself, I tend to opt for lighter hydration in the summer. A firm favourite of mine during the warmer months is the iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion, which also makes for a great primer to wear under makeup. I also carry my hydration sprays everywhere with me... Spritz on the go! The Universkin M and iS Clinical Copper Firming Mist both offer great antioxidant protection and hydration all day, even over makeup. During the summer, I also ease off the exfoliants (retinoids, AHAs/ BHAs). I tend to bring down the usage to a few times a week as over-use can leave us photo-sensitive and more prone to pigmentation. Sometimes, less is more!"