Q&A: Summer Skin SOS

Q&A: Summer skincare

Whether you’re going for glow or in need of pigmentation-busting skincare advice, our experts have the answers.


Q. How can I keep my skin hydrated and protected from the sun without overloading it? Katherine Lawson

Olay Principal Scientist, Dr Sian Morris: “Start by making sure you have a good cleansing routine to remove make-up, oil and everyday grime, which will help avoid congestion. Also, even oily skin needs hydration so don’t forget your moisturiser.”

Try using a moisturiser with SPF15 like Olay Essentials Complete Care Moisturising Fluid. Or try a BB cream with hint of tint like Olay Essentials Complete Touch of Foundation, which is great for younger skin or Olay Total Effects Touch of Foundation for an anti-ageing all-in-one.

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Q. Is my SPF15 facial moisturiser enough in the summer, or do I need a separate sun protection product? Claire Wilson

Olay Principal Scientist, Dr Sian Morris: “For every day, a moisturiser with SPF15 is sufficient. The most important thing is to make sure it has both UVA and UVB protection - all of Olay SPF15 and SPF30 moisturisers have broad-spectrum protection, giving you lots of choice. However, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, particularly if that involves energetic activities like running, playing sport or swimming, you’d benefit from using a specific sun protection product that’s water resistant.”

Q. In summer, pigmentation appears on my face, particularly on my cheekbones. How can I prevent this? Jane Weston

Olay Principal Scientist Dr. Sian Morris: “It’s probable that the skin pigmentation you are suffering from is being caused by sun exposure. Therefore, I’d suggest that you avoid going out in the midday sun and covering up with a hat and sunglasses to minimise exposure. Plus, a daily UV sunscreen is a must. Try switching your usual moisturiser for one with broad-spectrum protection of at least 15. If you are already using SPF15, then up your protection factor to SPF30. Try Olay Essentials Complete Care SPF 30 Day Lotion, which contains both UVA and UVB filters.”

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