Summertime, summertime!

For many of us, summertime is a magical period full of joy and beautiful moments. We spent time with our family and friends and enjoy the warm sun’s rays outside. We just feel great!

While the sun’s rays positively influence our mood as they stimulate the production of endorphins (“feel good” hormones) they do not always positively impact our skin health. On the contrary, they can cause severe skin damage!

For you to fully enjoy the summer without worrying about your sensitive skin, we prepared a few summer skincare tips! We asked our skincare expert, Cecilia Weidner, to tell us what the best beauty regime for healthy summer skin is and share some crucial facts about the sun’s impact on our skin.

Sun protection – interesting facts

It is very important to know that a sun protection cream should be effective in shielding the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays – both UVA and UVB. UV (ultraviolet radiation) is invisible rays which come from the sun. Ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) are two types of rays, which can burn the skin, and cause skin cancer.

UVA has a longer wavelength than UVB and is responsible for aging of the skin’s structures as well as turning melanin (the pigment responsible for the color of skin, hair, and eyes) brown from its original pink color.

UVB (shortwave sun rays) stimulates the melanocytes (special skin’s cells) to produce melanin. When we expose our skin to UVB, the melanin production is triggered and we get a suntan. Unfortunately, it means that damage has occurred in our skin. Pigmentation and premature skin aging are the results of such an incident of unprotected exposure to UVB.

Melanin – skin’s natural protective agent

Melanin, apart from being a pigment which produces different colors in skin and hair is also responsible for protecting the skin against UV damage. It serves as a physical barrier that scatters UV, and as an absorbent filter that reduces the penetration of UV through the epidermis.

There are 2 kinds of melanin:

  1. Eumelanin – yellow to brown to very dark brown (almost black) color; seen in brown-black hair.
  2. Pheomelanin – red-yellow color; seen in red hair.

The amount of each type of melanin partly determines your skin and hair color.

Melanin is produced by melanocytes located in the basal layer of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). These melanocytes have octopus-like tentacles (dendrites) which carry melanin to nearby skin cells (keratinocytes) when they are needed (i.e. when skin is exposed to the sun’s damaging UV rays).

The melanin that is deposited in the skin cells serves to protect the DNA. If your skin tans, it is a sign that the skin’s DNA experienced damage.

In general, melanocytes perform several important functions:

  • Produce melanin
  • Absorb heat
  • Scatter UV light
  • Protect DNA from UV damage
  • Protect cell membranes from oxidation (process which damages cell membranes and other structures including cellular proteins, lipids, and DNA)

Melanocytes and melanin play a crucial role in protecting our skin against the harmful influence of the sun’s rays.

Although melanin is the body’s first line of defense against getting sunburn, it is essential to use sun protection cream with filters to make sure there is no more severe damage to our skin.

Skincode and sun protection

Skincode has the answer to protecting your skin against both UVA and UVB radiation. With its unique Skincode Essentials product line, it fully shields your skin against external, environmental stressors.

The line includes moisturizers, suitable even for the most sensitive skin, with sun protection factors ranging from 10 to as high as 50.

For example, the Skincode Essentials daily defence & recovery veil spf 30, has a sun protection factor of 30. In addition to the fact that it is effective in protecting against both UVA and UVB, it also contains a protecting complex to shield the skin from the harmful effects of ozone pollution. On top of that, it prevents any oxidants from attaching to the skin and effectively prevents pigmentation while moisturizing and soothing the skin.

The Skincode Essentials sun protection face lotion spf 50 + offers a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to shield the skin from UV radiations and prevent cutaneous damages. It protects against oxidative stress, skin irritations, and sunburn as it stimulates the skin’s self-protection and repair mechanism. It also helps to keep the skin hydrated and smooth.

Summer skincare regime!

Now let us look at the skin care principles to follow to ensure a blooming complexion throughout summertime.

Here are the 4 steps to ensure the healthiest, beautiful skin during the sunny period.

Step 1: Cleansing & toning
Cleanse and tone your skin twice per day. Cleansing removes excess oil and impurities from your skin and helps improve its health and radiance. Toning is also an essential part of any beauty routine because it helps to re-establish the healthy pH-value of the epidermis and ensures that the skin is completely clean, so you derive the maximum benefit from the products you apply afterward.

Step 2: Spa time
Treat yourself to a peaceful spa routine twice to three times per week by doing exfoliation followed by a suitable mask for your skin type.

To learn more about exfoliation and “multimasking,” we encourage you to read our spring skincare blog post which you can find here:

Step 3: Face and neck area. Serum & cream
Apply a suitable serum to the face and neck area. Serums can contain up to 70% more active ingredients than creams. They are not intended to be used on their own, but rather always in combination with a cream (either day or night cream). These two products combined ensure that your skin will be optimally exquisite throughout summer and long afterward. This step should be repeated twice per day – every morning and every night.

Note: after applying your face serum in the mornings, apply a suitable day cream with a sun protection factor.

Step 4: Eye area: Serum & cream 
Apply a serum to the delicate skin around the eyes, followed by an eye cream. It will ensure the delay of the onset of crow’s feet around the eye area.

To have flawless skin around the eyes, repeat this step twice per day.

Beauty inside out – importance of hydration

The above skincare regime will ensure that your skin is fully protected against the extrinsic factors of aging.

However, it is important to remember that we also need to take care of our skin from the inside. During hot, sunny days, it is essential to drink at least two liters of water daily to compensate the water loss through our skin (called Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL).

See you under the sun!

Summer is a season where extreme environmental factors prevail: the sun can take a toll on your skin.

However, you do not need to stay at home to avoid dangers lurking for your skin. Instead, Enjoy! Apply the 4 skincare summer tips we prepared with Cecilia, to have a healthy, glorious skin.

Your skin changes with the seasons and your skincare should too.

4 ways to revitalize your skin this spring

Unveil glamorous, healthy skin with tips prepared by our skincare expert, Cecilia Weidner.

Look outside. Do you see the rays of sunshine gently breaking through weightless clouds, delicately illuminating the buds and blossoms on the trees? Spring is in the air. Nature is awakening!

Now, take a closer look at your skin. Is it equally luminous and bursting with energy? Perhaps it lacks that essential glow and looks dry. Winter has taken its toll on your skin.

Thankfully though, lackluster skin is not permanent. You can have your skin looking spring fresh and glorious by following Cecilia’s program. The tips she has prepared will help enliven your skin for spring and get it ready for summer.



To begin, remove all your makeup with the cleanser of your choice – a gel or micellar water suitable for your skin type.

If you have normal or combination skin, you might try a cleanser from our Skincode Essentials line. The Skincode Essentials purifying cleansing gel thoroughly cleans and moisturizes the skin. If your prefer not to use water, just apply Skincode Essentials micellar water all-in-one cleanser on a cotton pad and get immediate softness and comfort.

If your skin is oily, you can use Skincode Essentials S.O.S oil control clarifying face wash twice a day. This gentle cleanser includes a powerful Pore refining active which tightens pores, reduces imperfections, and eliminates shine.

If your skin is dry or very dry, you can pamper it with the luxurious, soft, milky texture of Skincode Exclusive Cellular Cleansing Milk. It contains the ACR Complex that boosts the production of collagen.

After cleansing, thoroughly rinse your skin with lukewarm water and pat dry or tissue off. Do not wipe aggressively or make any other movement that could stretch the skin.



Dead skin cells, dirt and makeup form a barrier on the skin which prevents the beneficial ingredients in skincare products from being absorbed into the skin. Exfoliation removes that barrier and opens the way for products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, making them more effective.

Start with Skincode Essentials extra gentle skin resurfacing cream (for all skin types). Use it twice a week to get the most out of this gentle yet effective exfoliation routine. The cream contains ingredients that gently remove dead skin cells, dirt and sebum while at the same moisturizing the skin.

Apply a generous layer of the Skincode Essentials extra gentle skin resurfacing cream over the face and neck area – make sure you cover the crow’s feet area around the eyes. Remember that dead skin cells and dirt also accumulate in the fine lines.

Leave the Skincode Essentials extra gentle skin resurfacing cream on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Never use hot water near the skin on the face as it could lead to the formation of burst capillaries (telangiectasias and eventually couperose). No friction, rubbing or steam is needed with this product. Your skin will feel silky soft and will appear more radiant.


3. Toning

Toning always follows exfoliation. It is an essential part of any beauty routine because it helps to re-establish the healthy pH-value of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and ensures that the skin is completely clean, so you derive the maximum benefit from the products you apply afterwards.

Skincode Essentials fortifying toning lotion (for all skin types) combines the exfoliating properties of Lactic Acid with the conditioning characteristics of Shea Butter. Our Skincode Exclusive Cellular Revitalizing Toner (for dry and very dry skin) boosts the production of collagen thanks to the unique ACR Complex.


4. Follow-up treatment

For very dry, dry, normal and combination skin types

After exfoliating, continue the special treatment by applying a layer of Skincode Exclusive Cellular Moisture Mask or Skincode Exclusive Cellular Recharge Age-Renewing Mask. These two masks are combined in a treatment program we call “MultiMasking”.

Here are the steps we recommend to fully enjoy the benefits of MultiMasking.

Use the two masks twice a week on alternate evenings. For example, on Monday you can apply a generous layer of Skincode Exclusive Cellular Recharge Age-Renewing Mask over the face and the neck area. After 10-15 minutes, tissue off the excess, tone and apply the appropriate serum and cream. On Wednesday, apply Skincode Exclusive Cellular Extreme Moisture Mask, which makes an excellent moisture veil and can be left on overnight.

Remember to always apply the appropriate serum for your skin type. Serums contain active ingredients in a higher concentration than creams, and this allows them to target problem areas more effectively.

Your skin will look and feel radiant, luminous and healthy within two weeks.

For oily skin

To restore a radiant, healthy look to your skin, follow the Skincode Essentials S.O.S Oil Control beauty routine. The line is specifically designed for oily and breakout-prone skin. It works deep down to help regulate oil production, gently drawing out congesting impurities, calming and soothing your skin. It also helps tighten pores for fresh, younger-looking skin with a perfect matte finish. Use twice a day for the best results.

After cleansing (with Skincode Essentials S.O.S oil control clarifying wash) and exfoliating (Skincode Essentials extra gentle skin resurfacing cream), apply Skincode Essentials S.O.S oil control balancing serum. This serum contains pore refining active ingredients and a mattifying agent for a perfectly matte complexion all day long. It’s the ultimate shine stopper.

Finally, apply the eye contouring cream of your choice, followed by Skincode Essentials S.O.S oil control mattifying lotion. You are now ready to apply your makeup, because you have the perfect canvas.