Summer Recovery Guide: Post-Summer Skincare To The Rescue

Heal your post-summer skin.
Ruby Feneley

Beauty & Health Writer

Feb 26, 2019

We are blessed to live in a sun-drenched country, but more often the Australian summer can leave us feeling a little more sun-burnt than sun-kissed. Along with scary long term health side effects, over exposure to the sun has a serious effect on the quality of our complexions. UV light exposure causes not just wrinkles and fine lines but redness, broken capillaries and pigmentation – along with garden-variety dehydration. Do you feel your skin may be suffering the consequences of a summer well-spent? If so read on for recommendations that will help your skin heal, so you’ll be fresh faced come Spring.


Post-Summer Skincare Problem 1: Pigmentation

Post-Summer Skincare Solution 1: Aspect Dr, Active C Serum

Correct Summer Skin with Aspect VitC Serum
Aspect Dr Active C Serum,$130 at Aspectdr.com.au


Vitamin C is one of the most popular antioxidants used in skincare for a reason. It aids your skins repair process, and is a derm approved treatment for those nuisance brown spots. Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen in the skin and neutralizes the effects of free radical damage – which is everything you need for a restored complexion.

Layer a vitamin C Serum under your sunscreen for added protection from free radicals and UV radiation during the day  (note: Vitamin C is NOT a sunscreen replacement, but it has been shown to boost sunscreens efficacy. Think of it as sunscreens little helper). Aspect’s Active C serum contains oil-soluble Vitamin C, less irritating than water soluble, and is ph neutral. Nourishing and soothing without being greasy the formula combines Vitamin C with peptides and antioxidants – so you’re covered on all fronts.

Post-Summer Skincare Problem 2: Redness and Broken Capillaries

Post-Summer Skincare Solution: Aspect Redless Serum with Sea Buckthorn


Sooth stressed out post-summer skin with Aspect redless serum
Aspect Dr Redless Serum, $100, from aspectdr.com.au

Designed for skin heading “for a nervous breakdown” this serum will shield stressed out skin, by soothing the dermis and protecting skins barrier function. One of the signs of post-summer skin is increased redness and broken capillaries. Aspect’s “Redless” serum targets inflammation in the skin with a host of antioxidants including Coenzyme Q10 and a blend of 21 different botanical oils. Layer on top of your night serum for intensely nourishing protective blanket. Think of it as a reset button for the skin.

Post-Summer Skincare Problem 3: Dullness

Post-Summer Skincare Solution 3: Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub


Exfoliate post-summer skin with Cosmedix Purity Detox.
Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub, $72, available at select clinics.

Dullness in the skin can occur for a host of reason – dryness, dehydration, lack of sleep, poor diet and sun damage. I don’t know about you but these are all things I associate with the party season we are exiting. What’s more, in winter the sun is weaker which means we can ramp up our exfoliating efforts. Powder cleansers are a fairly recent innovation in the beauty industry. They are wonderful for gentle exfoliation, not to mention perfect for those struggling to find loopholes for carry on skincare. The Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub is a particularly nifty example of the powder cleanse category. It contains Poppy, Date and Jjoaba seeds as well as a salicylic acid and coconut extract.

The formula lathers slightly with water and can be added to your favorite daily cleanser to give it a de-congesting boost. The salicylic acid provides a deep cleanse (salicylic acid is the only skincare acid that cleanses inside the pore, as well as the surface of the skin) while the coconut extracts hydrate and balanced. You wont be left feeling over stripped as we move into the dryer weather, and your brighter skin dreams will be revealed to you. Ingenious.


Post-Summer Skincare Problem 3: Dryness and Dehydration

Post-Summer Skincare Solution 3: Cosmedix Restore Moisture Rich Mask


Replenish your skin with Cosmedix Restore Moisture Mask.
Cosmedix-Restore Moisture Rich Mask, $88, available from select clinicians.

Our skin is often dryer in summer for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, it’s hotter so our bodies are using up water at a faster rate. Secondly, there are a host of activities associated with summer that might lead to dehydration (did anyone say froze???). And thirdly? We tend to avoid richer skin treatments in summer, especially in Sydney where a thick moisturizer can seem like a sweaty disaster waiting to happen. So seize the opportunity provided by cooler weather to soothe and restore your skin with a deeply hydrating night treatment. Cosmedix’s Moisture Rich mask uses vitamins and essential fatty acids to protect and cocoon the skin. I recommend using this as an overnight treatment, the buttery formula glides on and drenches the skin with hydration. You will wake up feeling refreshed, soothed and renewed.


By Ruby Feneley

Beauty & Health Writer

Ruby Feneley is The Carousel Beauty contributor. Her obsession with makeup and skincare started when she modelled in her teens. While she studied English Literature at Sydney University she pivoted from front to behind the camera – receiving her Diploma of Artistry and working as a makeup artist, assisting industry leaders across multiple top brands. In 2017, she moved to New York where she worked as a copywriter for celebrity children’s wear label Appaman Inc. Ruby is now combining her love of makeup and skincare with her passion for writing. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of makeup and skincare – she can spot a Nars lip from 30 feet and recommend skin creams and treatments from chemists to La Mer at a glance. She is always looking for the next big thing in beauty whether it’s an “unsung hero” product, a highlighter hack or a technological innovation to accelerate your anti-ageing regimen.


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