Q: Do I need to change my skincare routine for summer?
Summer means hot summer sun along with increased humidity and sweating! And, of course, sunscreen is a daily must-do! Cleansing and exfoliation are extra essential to avoid clogged pores and dull, flaky skin.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Most of what happens on the outside of your skin is a reflection of what’s happening inside our bodies. Late nights, alcohol and overeating can affect our skin and leave us with dull skin, dark circles and puffy eyes.
During January I’ll be talking more about how to detox your skin, but you can get a head start now with these simple tips.
1. Drink Water
Your body needs hydration from within to help keep it’s without moisturised. Aim for 30ml of water for each kilo of your body weight. Plain water is the best option, but you can also try herbal tea and infused water.
2. Cleanse every evening
This is extra important in summer as sunscreen, makeup and sweat clog your pores. You need a cleanser that will remove all that buildup without stripping your face’s natural oils.
Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells and deeply cleanses your pores, giving your skin a fresh new glow. Use a gentle exfoliant once or twice a week.
4. Use a Mist Toner
A light mist is a refreshing treat for summer skin, hydrating your face and perking up your complexion. You can also use it to remove all traces of cleanser and make-up - use a cotton pad soaked with toner.
5. Use a Light Moisturiser
Jasmine & Tamanu moisturiser is perfect for all seasons. By layering according to your skin’s unique daily needs, you’ll save product and keep your skin protected. Make sure you moisturise after swimming in chlorinated pools, as chlorine is drying.
6. Be Sun Safe
Our bodies need the sun to make Vitamin D. But it’s also the primary cause of wrinkles, pigmentation and premature ageing of our skin.
Wear a hat, avoid the sun during the most intense times of the day (11am-4pm), and generally stay in the shade as much as possible. If you know you are going to be in the sun, please use sunscreen. There are lots of safe, natural products available.
7. Eat Cooling Fruits and Vegetables
Take advantage of summer fruits and salad veggies!
They provide hydration, keep you cool and deliver essential vitamins and minerals into your body. Cooling fruits include grapes, watermelon, berries, apples, rockmelon, pears, peaches and nectarines. Cooling veggies include cucumbers, radishes, mint, capsicum and lettuce.