Summer is officially here, and that means one important thing for our skin: a shift in our routine and switching to heat, sun, and sweat-friendly products. Because of all the heat, summer calls for light makeup and as few as possible beauty products, so it’s clear why summer makes a perfect time to switch to all-natural skin care. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a little guide for you, so let mixing the all-natural ingredients in your kitchen and reading the labels carefully become your favourite summer activity.
There’s no better start to a hot summer day than taking a shower and washing your face, and that’s why it’s such a waste to burden your skin with heavy products right after that refreshment. As for the shower, keep it simple – castile soap and lukewarm water should be your best friends.
Next, you’ll need a moisturizing body lotion which you can make yourself by melting ½ cup of shea butter with two tablespoons of any nourishing oil (jojoba, coconut, or olive, whatever you have) and then placing it in a fridge to cool down. After that, whip in a few drops of lavender, rosemary, carrot seed, or any other essential oil. Keep it a jar on room temperature et voilà – you have a perfectly healthy lotion.
As for the face, just refreshing with water and soap might be enough. Once a week or so, you can use an exfoliating face scrub to remove product buildup, impurities, and keep your complexion radiant. There are plenty of all-natural recipes, so find the right ingredients and start mixing.
We all know that SPF is a must throughout the year, but it’s an absolute must during the summer. However, summer skincare is so much more than just layering sunscreen on your skin every hour or so. You can make your own sunscreen by using oils that contain an SPF – think carrot seed (SPF 40) and red raspberry seed oil (SPF 30). Add avocado, coconut and almond oil, and finish it off with a teaspoon of vanilla and jasmine essential oil.
Don’t forget your lips either – the skin on them is particularly sensitive, so a DIY green tea lip balm with an SPF might be just the thing for you.
You can speed up the tanning process by making yourself a black tea tan spray. Of course, the colour will be temporary, but it can help you get to the desired shade faster. Simply boil 4 cups of water and add eight black tea bags. Let it steep for 30 minutes, cool down and put in a spray bottle.
On the other hand, if you’ve spent too much time in the sun and have sunburns, you can soothe your skin with some homemade remedies. However, if you want an actual cure to opt for After Sun made by Dr Hauschka to cool down your sun-stressed skin and hydrate it.
Summer evening routine should consist of three simple steps: cleanse, tone, moisturise. For each of these, there are plenty of excellent natural recipes – you just have to find yours.
For a gentle facial cleanser, you’ll need ¼ cup of aloe vera, ¼ cup of honey, and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Let it sit for a minute on your face and then gently wipe it off. Then, you can use raw apple cider vinegar, water, and essential oils mixture to tone down your face. Finally, the most important step is to moisturise. Make yourself one based on nourishing oils and butter and watch your skin gets dewier by the day.
In conclusion, using store-bought or homemade products is completely your decision – as long as you keep it natural and take a good look at the label before purchasing. Switch to the healthy, nourishing ingredients to keep your skin fresh and hydrated during the summer – you’ll see the difference in no time.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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