Research by the Icahn School of Medicine, University of California and Harvard combined found that just six days away from it all triggers a change in your genetics, which lowers stress levels, gives the immune system a boost and lowers your risk of depression and dementia.
But like with all good things (pizza included), you need balance – what your mind craves, your skin hates. Simply put, if you don't have the best skin care tips for summer in your arsenal you'll return home from your holiday with more than dodgy tan lines. Research revealed that exposure to UV rays from the sun is responsible for 80% of the visible signs of ageing.
1. NO EXFOLIATING PRODUCTS
We all love our skin to look smooth and soft, but just hold it before you crack out the exfoliants on your holiday. If a product's removing a layer of skin cells it's making your skin more vulnerable to penetration from UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
A lot of people are in the habit of using AHAs and BHAs for anti-ageing or acne control, explains Mahto. But if you’re using higher percentages of glycolic acid, for example, you need to be really careful about sun protection or you’re going to be far more vulnerable to sun damage which can lead to accelerated ageing and cause excess pigmentation to form. And we're talking brown splotches – not a tan.
Most OTC products tend to have relatively low percentages of glycolic but there are toners on the market with a higher percentage. If you use a foaming cleanser, for example, you’re putting it on your skin but then rinsing it off pretty much immediately so it’s not sitting on the skin for a long period of time. But if you’re using a toner it’s sitting on the skin overnight so its contact time is much longer. Go for something gentle, yet effective.
As long as you’re meticulous about sunscreen it’s fine to use your regular retinol product.
The problem is that people don’t use a high enough factor and miss areas –or they just like sitting in the sun without protection to get a tan. Those people need to be a lot more careful about what they use.
"If you thought doing more, rather than less, was going to make up most of the skin care tips for summer, read on. The best is yet to come."
2. NOT SHOWERING AFTER SWIMMING IN THE POOL
After going in a swimming pool I’d have a shower to rinse off chlorine right away, advises Mahto. It’s more of an issue for people with inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea, eczema or psoriasis but exposure can trigger a reaction or sensitivity to most skin types.
Saltwater, on the other hand, is less of an issue. Some people find it superficially drying but there are a lot of people who have psoriasis who will travel to the extra salty dead sea in Jordan as a form of treatment. The combination of salt water and sunshine is really anti-inflammatory for skin.
3. SKIPPING A CLEANSE
Not ideal at the best of times but more important than ever to cleanse when you wear sunscreen, make-up and reapply sunscreen throughout the day (like you should be). It’s a good idea to double cleanse on holiday
4. NOT APPLYING SUN CREAM PROPERLY
One of the areas that people miss with sunscreen is the eyes, says Mahto. One of the reasons for that is a lot of sunscreens say be careful around the area and chemical sunscreens, in particular, can be irritating because the skin there is so thin.
Make sure you apply your cream all-over-your-face – one of the easiest skin tips to put into action. Other areas that are commonly missed by women are the backs of the ears when they’ve tied their hair up and the back of the neck. It’s just not an obvious place to put it on.
5. HAVING LASER HAIR REMOVAL BEFORE A HOLIDAY
Last of all, laser hair removal can make skin more sensitive to the sun and while you might start to think about it in summer, you need to do it at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your holidays trip. We can’t treat tanned skin with a laser because of the high risk of burning and pigmentation. If somebody is very tanned you can burn them with a laser or they end up with dark brown marks where the laser beam has gone over their skin.
"If you're tanned you have more melanin in the skin and that melanin becomes a target for the laser as well as the hair. You can end up with more heat being delivered to the skin than is safe."