Summer skin care is easy and stress-free. Choose the right skin care products, protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated. Most skin types benefit from the warm and humid summer weather, and dry skin usually looks and feels better in the summer than in the winter. If your skin is prone to oiliness or acne, however, humidity and heat may cause problems.
1. Maintain a daily cleansing and toning routine even on vacations. If your skin is already prone to oiliness, heat and humidity can lead to increased sebum production, clogged pores and acne breakouts. A natural gel-based face wash (ideally one that contains tea tree essential oil) may help to balance sebum production and prevent acne spots. If your skin is dry or sensitive, a gentle plant-based makeup remover or fractionated coconut oil.
Toners remove dirt, hydrate skin and keep your skin fresh in hot weather. Rose water, lavender water and other floral waters are natural toners that can be used daily on any skin types.
2. When the summer approaches it is time to look at your choice of moisturizers. Most skin types benefit from a rich face cream in the winter, but a light oil, such as, fractionated coconut oil is the best option when the weather is warm and humid. Always choose a day lotion that has a high sun protection factor.
3. Try to avoid using too much makeup in the summer. When the weather is hot and humid your skin needs to breathe. Try going out without makeup at least occasionally or use only light makeup, such as tinted moisturizing lotions and lip balms.
4. A healthy tan looks great, but too much sun can damage your skin and lead to premature aging. Protect your skin with products that have a high sun protection factor. Wear a hat when sunbathing or when going out during the hottest hours. Remember to reapply sunscreen regularly. Stay out of the sun during the hottest hours between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and remember that the sun can burn even on overcast days.
Aloe vera gel is an effective natural sun burn treatment, and after sun creams and lotions that contain lavender essential oil are cooling and healing. Cucumber slices are a simple and cooling face treatment for all skin types after a day in the sun. Slice a piece of a cucumber into thin slices using a cheese slicer or a sharp knife, apply the slices on a clean face, lie down and relax for 10-15 minutes. Remove the slices and clean your face with water or with a natural toner before applying your usual moisturizer.
5. Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and to give your skin a healthy glow. Make your own body scrub with equal amounts of olive oil and sea salt or brown sugar, or use a blend of uncooked oatmeal, natural yogurt and honey to make a gentle face scrub. Massage the scrub on damp skin and rinse in the shower. A regular use of natural salt or sugar scrubs makes your skin smooth and radiant.
6. The combination of sun, sand and sea water can damage your hair. Hot oil treatments can help and they are easy to do at home with pure coconut oil. Massage your hair and your scalp with fractionated coconut oil and leave the oil to do its work for at least 20-30 minutes before washing your hair. Condition and style as usual.
7. Staying hydrated is important for your health and for your skin. Drink coconut water, chilled green tea and cooling herb teas as well as a lot of water. Add flavor to water with cucumber slices, lemon slices or fresh mint leaves. Make the most of the fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables and berries available in the summer months, and use them for smoothies or juices that keep you hydrated and that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
8. Look after your feet in the summer, too! Treat your feet to a home pedicure at least once a month. Start with a foot soak. Add a few drops of essential oils, such as cooling lemongrass or peppermint, to a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet for ten minutes. Scrub your feet with a salt scrub to remove dead skin cells, massage your feet to boost circulation, and finish the treatment with a natural foot cream. Let your feet breathe in the summer and walk barefoot when you can, but remember to use sun protection on the feet as well as the body.
Summer skin care does not have to be difficult or stressful. Let your skin breathe and use less makeup, use light moisturizers instead of heavy creams, and keep your skin clean and glowing with natural plant-based skin toners. Enjoy the sun, but remember to apply sun protection even on cloudy days. Stay hydrated by drinking water, fresh juices and coconut water, and eat a lot of seasonal fruit and vegetables to get your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in a natural form.