Summer is just around the corner for my southern hemisphere ladies, and that means endless days of sunshine, relaxing and fun. However, the change in weather can affect how your skin looks, so there are some key ways to ensure that you are looking after your skin in the lead up to summer:
- Drink Plenty of Water
By now it’s common knowledge that you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. Our bodies are made up of over 70% water so it is crucial that you are replenishing your body with water, especially during warmer days where you may be swimming, sweating etc. Keeping hydrated also helps to improve the wellbeing of your skin and help to reduce the signs of ageing.
- Cleanse Your Face Twice A Day
It is recommended that you wash and cleanse your face every morning and night. This ensures that you are washing away any dirt, sweat or bacteria from throughout the day and also during the night. Opt for a cleanser that contains natural and gentle cleansing ingredients and is free from sulphates, parabens, cocamide DEA, synthetic fragrance or colours and synthetic preservatives. A natural cleanser will reduce the likelihood of adding toxic chemicals to your skin that can encourage skin conditions. You should also be cleansing, or washing, your body at least once a day with a natural cleansing body wash. Try my natural Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash for a detoxifying and refreshing clean.
- Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliation is a skincare step that many people often neglect, yet it is an important way to remove dry & dead skin, bacteria, dirt and sweat. By exfoliating your skin, you are able to remove dead skin and toxins, making way for new and nourished skin. I recommend exfoliating with a natural exfoliating product such as a dry brush or one of my nine all natural, vegan body scrubs which contain plant based, nourishing ingredients to buff away impurities and leave soft, smooth skin. Click here to see the range.
- Moisturise Your Face & Body
After cleansing and exfoliating, your skin requires additional rehydration in the form of a moisturiser or serum. The type of moisturiser that you use may depend on your skin type, for example, you may opt for an oil free product if you have oily skin or you may opt for a cream moisturiser or body/facial oil if you have dry skin. My Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion or two hydrating Body Oils are the perfect way to nourish your whole body following a shower and are a great way to give your skin added moisture throughout the warmer weather.
- Change Your Pillow Case
How often do you change your pillow case? Each night the oil, sweat, and bacteria from your hair, neck and face can get absorbed into the fabric of your pillow case. Over time, these nasties continue to build up and if not changed regularly, your pillow case can provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria on your face as you sleep. This may be a reason that you experience acne or breakouts in certain areas of your face. I recommend changing your pillow case every 3 days, especially in summer when you are more likely to encounter warm nights.
- Avoid stimulants
A diet full of stimulants such as coffee, sugar and processed food can wreak havoc on your skin health. Coffee can dehydrate you and cause your skin to appear dull and dry. Excess sugar can also lead to pimple breakouts, blackheads and other skin conditions. Try to limit the amount of sugary and processed foods that you are consuming and opt for more healthy options that will digest slowly such as wholemeal bread/pastas, crispbread with healthy fats such as avocado, vegetables with quinoa or cous cous. Also try to drink caffeine free tea, mineral water or water with a slice of lemon or fruit rather than coffee, to ensure your body and skin remain hydrated.
- Slip, Slop, Slap with Suncreen
It is important to wear sunscreen both in the leadup to warmer weather and during the summer months. Even on days that appear overcast or cloudy, the UV rays can be strong and still burn or damage your skin. With prolonged unprotected sun exposure, your skin can appear to be dry, wrinkled, or develop age spots or potential melanomas. Sunscreen with 50+ SPF rating is often recommended and will help to protect your skin throughout the summer, and there are many more natural options available. You might also find products such as body lotions or face foundations that have a sunscreen component added.