We know you know the drill, but there’s more to keeping your complexion primed and ready for the sun when one takes the whole 'being exposed to every other environmental stressor out there’ into account. Whether it’s the general heat and humidity of Malaysian weather or the UV light we encounter both indoors and out, pre- and post-suncare will help to mitigate long-lasting damage and helps to maintain the strength of our skin barrier.
1. From head to toe
The basic science of it is this: the rest of your body is just as much a temple as your complexion.
For healthier scalps, be wary of ingredients like parabens or sulfates as they may be the cause of hair loss, dandruff and itching. Opt for more natural ingredients like plant-based surfactants instead and hair serums—particularly those infused with alpha keratin or argan oil can go a long way to keep those tresses happy.
While dermatologists and beauty gurus these days have stressed the importance of moisturising as well as applying sunscreen neck-up, we tend to cut corners when it comes to giving our bodies (and the tops of our heads) the all-star treatment—but if you want to save time while looking flake-and-ashy-free, sugar scrubs formulated with nourishing plant oils such as Drunk Elephant’s Sugared Koffie Almond Milk Body Scrub, are the way to go.
Cap things off by pampering yourself with your favourite moisturiser. For those who hate the tacky, icky feeling of oils and heavy creams, Fenty Beauty’s Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream, for example, gives you that luxurious sheen but none of stickiness. It's also incredibly nourishing, packed with Kalahari melon, baobab and sunflower oils.
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