Lay the foundation for flawless skin with our top summer skincare picks. Prepare and protect your skin for fun in the sun and get ready to reveal a beautifully bright complexion through the 5 steps below.

STEP 1: CLEANSE & EXFOLIATE

Every day, skin accumulates dirt and oil. If it is not properly cleansed, skin can look dull and rough. Regularly cleanse skin in order to maintain a balanced skin barrier that is healthy and strong so it can protect itself from external environmental damage. Clean skin ensures better absorption of the products that follow so that you can really feel the benefits.

Now that you know the importance of clean skin, why not add one of these skin cleaning treats to your routine to ensure skin glows with health…

First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads. Exfoliate, tone and brighten skin with a quick and easy swipe of a pad! Suitable for daily use after cleansing, they are a great way to introduce an exfoliating acid into your routine. Soft pads soaked with the right amount of lactic and glycolic acid to wipe away dead skin and improve uneven skin tone.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. Draw out impurities, detoxify, and purify skin with clay sourced from the Amazon River. Apply after cleansing (once or twice a week) to damp skin, leave to dry, then remove and see the difference!

STEP 2: MASK

Now that your skin is clean and the pores opened up, it’s in the optimal state to absorb any essences you layer on top. Make the most of this moment and deliver nourishing nutrients with…

Having just arrived at Harbour City, RITUALS has brought us not only home fragrance and body products, but a series of skincare treats. The Ritual of Namaste Brightening Sheet Mask. The Ritual of Namaste is a brightening collection that focuses on evening out skin tone and soothing skin. The mask is enriched with Niacinamide and other precious vitamins to brighten and smooth while locking in moisture.

STEP 3: SERUM

If you don’t have a serum in your skincare routine, you should! Used daily, they’re a great way to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin that target specific skincare concerns; everything from dark spots to anti-aging and everything in between. Our summer serums of choice for a bright complexion are…

Derm Institute Cellular Brightening Spot Treatment, newly introduced by Joyce Beauty. Too much sun exposure can cause skin discolouration that appears as small dark spots on the skin, known as sunspots or age spots. This Treatment dramatically minimises the appearance of discolouration and protects against free radical damage.

Clarins Bright Plus Advanced Dark Spot-Targeting Serum. The perfect choice for brighter, radiant-looking skin. This expert formula is packed full of plant extracts that help to revive a dull complexion, reduce the appearance of dark spots, and ignite a healthy glow from within.

STEP 4: FACE CREAM OR LOTION

Hydration is essential in the summer, especially for your skin. More hydration means more glow. Make it your mantra – moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Top tip: Use a serum before moisturiser application to lock in precious nutrients and help prevent moisture loss. For that extra glow, look out for…

LANEIGE Radian-C™ Cream. When it comes to brightening skincare, this Korean cult brand knows what it’s doing after spending over 25 years learning the secrets of hydrated and healthy skin. Powered by potent vitamins C and E, this cream delivers a surge of hydration, brightens uneven skin tone, and protects delicate skin from environmental aggressors. It does it all!

STEP 5: SUNSCREEN

The final piece of the summer skincare puzzle – sunscreen! We can’t stress enough how important it is to protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing SPF every day – and remembering to reapply.

There are so many SPFs available that there is no excuse to not use sun protection. If you need some suggestions, these are our current favourites…

SHISEIDO Clear Suncare Stick SPF50+ PA++++. Reasons why we love it: 1) Easy and convenient application. 2) Very water-resistant. Because of SynchoShield™ technology, its veil of protection gets stronger when it detects water or sweat. 3) Not only does it protect against UV rays but also prevents pollutants from sticking to the skin before they cause any damage.

Whoo presents the Gongjinhyang Seol Radiant White Tone Up Sunscreen (SPF50+/ PA++++). This SPF from Whoo gets our summer seal of approval thanks to its multi-functional nature. It provides UV protection, brightens and whitens, blocks blue light damage, delivers moisture to the skin, and provides a flawless matte make-up base.

Japanese expert in whitening, POLA’s White Shot Skin Protector DX empowers skin to ‘self-shield’ not only from the sun’s UV rays but also from air pollution and blue light. Achieve a brighter, clearer complexion this summer.

After sun exposure, your skin needs some after-care for revival, even if it isn’t burnt to a visible level. Put on Caudalie’s Tan Prolonging After-Sun Lotion. This silky lotion is formulated with 98% natural ingredients that provide soothing and refreshing comfort to your skin while restoring moisture balance.

Wearing SPF every day is very important. Even if it looks like it’s not sunny, UV rays are still present. With so many SPFs available, you’ll be sure to find one that fits with your skin and lifestyle. Check out sun care from Jurlique, Ultra Violette (available at Joyce Beauty), mtm labo, and Sisley.

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Sisley Phyto-Blanc Le Soin Correcting Brightening Moisturizer, HK$2,100/40ml
mtm labo aquaBB cream SPF30 PA++, HK$400/30g
Jurlique UV Defence High Protection Lotion SPF 50 PA++++, HK$390/50ml
Ultra Violette skinscreens collection, HK$275 – HK$305 (Available at JOYCE Beauty)

Which summer skincare items will you be adding to your routine? Go and enjoy the summer sun with skin that’s prepared, protected, perfected!

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