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  • This week at Julie Carter Beauty we have been thinking about the importance of keeping our skin hydrated in the summer. We are often reminded of the need to keep our bodies hydrated as it is beneficial to our health; however it’s just as beneficial to maintain healthy skin. Keeping our skin hydrated is essential while we soak up the rays in the summer, and even more so if we are venturing to hotter climates.

    Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, made up for 70% of water. The dermis contains natural moisturising factor, which keeps our skin amply hydrated. When our skin is exposed to UVA and UVB rays this dehydrates the skin and the skins natural defences become impaired, therefore we need to replace any lost moisture lost in this process. At Julie Carter Beauty we have some top tips for keeping your skin hydrated.

    Firstly we recommend the use of some of Environs best hydrating products, namely the Hydrating Oil Capsules - these essential hydrating products should be added to your summer must have products. These capsules contain antioxidants, when we exposure our skin to UV rays we can cause damaged to our hydro lipid layer. This layer protects our skin from outside infections, and it slows down the process of us loosing moisture. When we are soaking up the sun’s rays and in air conditioned environment, we are impairing this skins natural defence against loosing moisture. The hydro lipid layer is made up primarily of water. By introducing these hydrating oil capsules we are replacing the hydration lost in the summer months. For those skins that particularly find the sun worshiping has zapped more moisture than we would like, we recommend combing the hydrating oil capsules with Environ intensive super moisturiser. This moisturiser will assist in hydrating the skin, and provide soothing to the most sensitive of skins.

     At Julie Carter Beauty we recommend a treating your skin to an Environ facial after your skin has been exposed to sun, especially in those hotter climates. What better to end a holiday then with a facial, although we all welcome the pampering of a facial, we will be maximising the use of the antioxidant rich Environ products. This will help to keep the skin oxygenated, repair and rehydrate the skin after UV exposure.

    Here are some top tips to keep hydrated in the summer: 

    • Drink 2 litres of water per day
    • Avoid too much alcohol as this is a diuretic and causes dehydration
    • Use antioxidant rich products- Environ hydrating capsules and intensive super moisturiser
    • Avoid the sun between 11-3pm in the summer months, this is when it’s at its hottest
    • Use broad-spectrum sunscreen
    • Repair, replenish and Rehydrated the skin with an Environ Facial

    Protecting the skin is something we always need to be conscious of, especially during these summer months. Keeping hydrated should become second nature to us, and taking simple steps we can limit any potential damage to our skin, and prevent the sun ageing our skin.

    Remember ... PRACTICE SAFE SUN!

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  • At Julie Carter Beauty, we have always urged our clients to practice safe sun by ensuring that they take certain precautions to protect their skin and health in general, and not just when the sun is out! As advocators of healthy skin, we feel it is our duty to ensure that you are all fully aware of the impact the sun can have on our skins all year round.

    The secret to healthy summer skin is simple: preparation, protection, and hydration .

    We all love to bask in the sun and soak up the rays, but do we really thoroughly prepare our skin for these times? As the holiday season fully envelopes us, sun need not be the enemy. Whether we are jetting to off to some exotic location, or embarking on stay-cation, please set some time aside to think about and plan how you can best prepare and protect your skin as well as our whole body and avoid any unnecessary sun related damage.

    1 . Preparation

    We spend a lot of time finding the perfect kaftan, having Bio Sculpture on our nails, and even having LVL lashes, but how much do we think about actually preparing our skin? It is essential that preparing our skin for the sun becomes part of the pre-holiday routine as sun exposure can lead to damage to our skin cells. By preparing the skin we can limit the amount of damage the sun can cause.

    At Julie Carter Beauty, we have the perfect combination of treatments to help you be 'summer ready', and ensure your skin is prepared to practice safe sun! We are currently running some Summer Offers on special packages and travel essentials - check out all offers here.

    In preparation for the summer sun, exfoliation is the first and most essential part of the process. Exfoliating the skin helps to eradicate dead skin - this encourages new skin cell turnover. By doing this, we are improving skin tone and encouraging hydration, which is essential in the summer months as heat causes dehydration.

    Treat your skin to the latest in Guinot’s anti ageing facials - the Age Summun facial - which will both protect and hydrate your skin pre or post sun exposure . This exclusive Guinot facial will exfoliate and rid any dead skin cells, leaving your skin refreshed and nourished prior to the de hydrating rays of the sun. The epidermis is the only barrier we have to the sun and our deep layers of the skin. By removing dead skin cells we are making this barrier the strongest it can be. The inclusion of a pro-collagen mask helps to protect your skin against the sun's ageing. As UV light causes photo ageing, this presents itself in the form of wrinkles, and coarse skin. This facial will help to instantly smooth the skin, hydrate and plump out wrinkles immediately.

    2. Protection

    The sun care isle can be somewhat daunting; there are so many choices, all offering different degrees of protections while assuring glowing tans. When it comes to making this purchase, too many of us tend to make a rash decision. We might have five minutes left on our lunch break, our youngest child in tow, or ten minutes left to board our plane, leaving us to pick up the first bottle we can get our hands on. However, this is one decision that really ought to be an informed one. So, here are some facts for you to help you practice safe sun!

    There are two types of rays that we need to be aware of. The first type is the UVA ray, which we are most exposed to. UVA rays penetrate deep into out dermis and are the very rays that are to blame for causing signs of ageing , by causing an over production of melanin in our skin causing brown spots, and increases wrinkles by causing cell DNA Damage. We are exposed to UVA rays throughout the whole year, which is why it is advisable to wear at least an SPF15 every single day .

    In order to determine skin type and which factor is best to use, we refer to the Fitzpatrick Skin scale: Our skin type on the scale depends on how easily we burn or tan when exposed to sun. Prior to making our sun care choice we should establish our skin type, this ensures we are adequately protected:

    Skin type on Fitzpatrick Scale


    Advised SPF

    Type I

    Origin: Irish

    Light skin


    Red Heads

    Never tans

    Factor 50

    Never below 30

    Type 2


    Darker than Type I

    Tans slightly

    Prone to sunburn

    Factor 50

    Never lower than 30

    Type 3

    Origin: European

    Light/medium skin

    Tans easily

    Doesn’t burn easily

    Factor 20+

    Never lower than 15

    Type 4

    Origin: Mediterranean

    Medium/light brown tone

    Tans easily

    No freckles

    Doesn’t burn

    Factor 15+

    Never lower than 15

    Type 5

    Origin: Middle Eastern


    Olive tone

    Never burns

    Tans easily

    Factor 15

    Never lower than 15

    Type 6

    Origin: African

    Black skins

    Never burns

    Insensitive to sun

    Factor 15

    Never lower than 15


    We should all top up our sun cream at least every 2 hours, especially in times of direct sun exposure. As a rule sun screams can be stored for up to 3 years, however they must be stored in a cool environment. If they are opened and in a high temperature they ingredients aren’t as active, therefore you aren’t protected. If opened it advisable to use the sun cream within 12months, providing it has been stored correctly. We should always use a broad spectrum SPF, and always check the use by guidelines on the packaging. We should never use any sun protection after the use by dates, as they simply will not provide you with protection.

    The second type is the UVB ray. This type of ray causes superficial damage, such as sunburn and prickly heat. Prickly heat happens when we have been exposed UVB rays and our pores are closed, and we our skin cells are unable to naturally desquamate(shed) causing a build up of heat in our pores, the use of highly perfumed lotions increases this activity on the skin . Ideally, we should protect our skin against both of these harmful UV rays, but not all sun protection on the market will protect against both.

    At Julie Carter Beauty, we recommend Environ RAD and the use of Skin Vit C supplement . When exposed to UV rays our skin is also exposed to free radicals, which cause damage and ageing to the skin. The Advanced nutrition Programmes Skin Vit C supplements protect cells against the increase in free radicals, and also encourage collagen production. These prestigious Environ products have been developed by one of the world top plastic surgeons, Doctor Des Fenandas, while the supplements have been developed by Patrick Holford  who is a leading British Nutritionals.

    RAD 15 will offer sun filters which will protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays this makes is a broad-spectrum protection. Sun care experts recommend that we use a broad-spectrum sun cream, this is why we recommend the use of the Environ RAD SPF as it’s a none perfumed cream therefore it suits all and offers protection against both UVA And UVB rays, this isn’t offered my all sun care products. Exposure to UVB and UVB rays neutralises our natural Vitamin A receptors, which is the process of supporting cell growth and the communication of between cells.

    We stock Environ because its main ingredient is Vitamin A, ensuring all their products soothe, and protect skin against UV rays, by replacing any lost Vitamin A during sun exposure. Skin vitamin c supplements will provide your skin with the support and protection required to encourage collagen production, which is the ultimate secret to healthy - and glowing - skin!

    The preparation and protection of our skin results in a longer lasting tan, if we use the correct sun protection we are avoiding damage to our skin, instead encouraging a natural glow to the skin. By keeping our skin moisturised prior to, during and after sun exposure, is the key to pro longing the life of our tan, ensuring we are replacing the moisture lost in long periods of sun exposure.

    Just remember ... Practice Safe Sun!


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