Why summer is THE worst season for your skin

Summer skincare

Summer Skincare: Why summer is THE worst season for skin

Ahh, summer. It’s the season of parties, barbecues, beaches, parties, and generally doing fun stuff with people we like.

It’s a great season for enjoying all the good stuff in life… but summer is the worst possible season for you skin.

Discover the 3 biggest summer skincare enemies…

Summer skincare enemy #1:
Blocked pores

Sweating isn’t just unattractive; it’s bad for your skin, too! All that icky sweat blocks up your skin’s pores, and causes even ickier spots and blackheads.

All that pore-blocking action causes cellular build-up. Normal at-home cleansing and exfoliation treatments aren’t powerful enough to counter all that ickiness: your skin needs a far deeper clean.

How to unblock the skin’s pores

The kind of cleansing and exfoliation isn’t potent enough to get through all that cellular build-up.

Think of it this way: at the end of summer, autumn comes along and the leaves end up on your lawn. You can’t mow the lawn because the leaves are in the way; you have to rake up the leaves first.

Your skin is the same: you have to exfoliate the ickiness to get the nutrients and topical rehydration treatments back in your skin. Microhydrabrasion treatments, IPL skin rejuvenation or skin peels have the deep cleansing action your skin needs.

Summer skincare enemy #2:

You might be wondering how it’s possible to have dehydrated skin AND blocked pores. Well, that’s just Mother Nature having some fun.

What with all the sunscreen and sweat that comes in the summer months, we might think that the skin is nicely hydrated.

However, dehydration occurs in the deeper layers of the skin: you need to hydrate your skin from the inside.

Because summer is the sangria-swilling season (and mojito season, and sauvignon blanc season, and champagne season… you get the idea!), the alcohol has a dehydrating effect.

Plus most of us aren’t drinking enough water. If you’re spending a lot of time in the sun, exercising, or drinking alcohol, you should think about drinking more than just 8 glasses of water a day. If you don’t drink enough water, your skin will be dehydrated.

An early sign of dehydrated skin is dark eyes around your circles, or fine lines that weren’t there before. They are there because of dehydration – rather than any late night partying.

How to re-hydrate your skin

The best way to rehydrate your skin is from the inside: if you increase your water intake (and stick to it), you’ll notice a big difference in your skin’s appearance.

Think: fewer fine lines, plumper skin, and a more even skin tone. Water is like a drinkable skincare product – it can make a huge difference to your skin.

For maximum impact also have a topical skin treatment, such as microhydrabrasion or a facial with a rehydrating component. That’ll provide some instant moisture to jump-start your skin’s hydration.

Summer skincare enemy #3:
Sun damage and hyperpigmentation

If you’ve been spending a lot of time in the sun, chances are you’ll notice some sun damage and your skin’s pigmentation changing. These dark splotches are called hyperpigmentation… and unfortunately, this hyperpigmentation gets more noticeable as you get older.

You might think you have super skin that “never ages” when you’re in your teens and twenties, but by the time you’re in your thirties that all changes, believe me! And it only gets worse – because there are lots of other things that can cause hyperpigmentation, as well as the sun.

Other factors that cause hyperpigmentation

Sun is just one of the factors that causes hyperpigmentation. The bad news is that there are lots of other causes, such as pregnancy, taking the contraceptive pill, hormone treatments or antibiotics. And it can be hereditary as well.

How to deal with sun damage and hyperpigmentation

Good quality sunscreen and serums (such as Aspect’s Pigment Punch) can slow down and even reverse some damage. But if you’ve been caught out and now have big brown blotches on your face, you might want to zap it away as much as possible.

IPL is without doubt the most effective hyperpigmentation treatment. Or another option is an Aspect a-peeling facial treatment. The best option depends on the severity of your hyperpigmentation and the kind of results you’re looking for.

But at least you can do something about the summer skin damage… and when next summer rolls around, you’ll know you can indulge in some summertime partying and know that Rubywaxx is here to help you look gorgeous throughout the year.


Summer is a brutal time of year on your skin, with blocked pores causing breakouts, and the sun is very ageing with the dehydration and sum damage it can cause.

  • Microhydrabrasion will unblock pores and help re-hydrate your skin.
  • Aspect a-peeling facials will also unblock pores, re-hydrate your skin and help reverse sun damage and pigmentation problems.
  • IPL skin rejuvenation improves the texture of you skin and helps with skin problems such as acne, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, redness, facial veins and fine lines.
  • Take-home products can add to extend your clinic treatments. For example, Aspect’s Pigment Punch is very effective at minimising hyperpigmentation issues.

Which option is best for you?

The right option for you depends on your skin’s needs, and amount you want to spend on skincare. Contact the friendly team at Rubywaxx for a personalised skincare assessment and recommendations based on your exact needs.

Book an appointment today.

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