With a record-breaking summer and temperatures hitting 40 degrees, you’d be forgiven if you’ve been feeling a little wilted.
So we thought we’d take a delve into effective ways to keep your skin happy, whilst staying cool during the summer heat .
- To enjoy the sun responsibly
- Avoid the hottest parts of the day from about 11am to 3pm
- Take cover by enjoying the weather and the heat in the shade. If you’re out and about try wear a large brimmed sun hat. It looks oh so chic and also offers additional protection.
- Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and keep yourself from getting dehydrating.
- SPF SPF SPF SPF SPF and then some SPF
- AND For afterwards - cool your skin down with a shower… so refreshing and revitalising.
ESSENTIAL SUMMER SKINCARE GUIDE
It’s important to focus your attention on the summer skincare basics – if you know our brand, you’ll know we love to advocate simplicity when it comes to the products we use and how we love to tweak staple products to suit our skin’s varying needs…
Can’t stress the importance of cleansing properly especially in the summer months. Think of all that extra SPF, sweat (from lovely soaring temperatures), pollution and makeup grime that our skin is dealing with on a regular basis. Gently and effectively cleansing is essential. However, you may want to opt for a light and refreshing milk cleanser or our gorgeously gentle and effective Skin Soap as a great option for summer skin.
TOP TIP: Double cleanse in the evenings, perhaps cleanse with a gel/milk based formulation followed by a lighter Skin Soap cleanse to ensure that all the day’s grime and build up is gently removed from your skin.
SWAP your heavy oil or balm based cleanser for a light cleansing bar like our Honey & Oat Skin Soap.
Funnily enough, we always ask that you exfoliate your skin in moderation, not more than once a week. But we’ve come across advice from dermatologists who suggest that summer is the time to slough away those dead skin cells. We’re not suggesting daily exfoliation here, simply to incorporate an extra session or so in your week, especially if you’re prone to oily skin.
TOP TIP: Our founder Samar loves to add rice powder into her cleanser as an additional all natural exfoliator.
SWITCH up the way you customise your Skin Cashmere for the summer. Try activating it with your favourite floral water for a quick, refreshing face mask and gently buff/massage with your fingers for an easy exfoliation. We love products that can double up and be used in different ways and our Skin Cashmere is the ultimate multi-tasking beauty staple.
The job of toner is to effectively balance the skin’s pH level, calm and prepare the skin for moisturising. We love spritzing floral hydrosols (steam distilled floral water) onto the skin after cleansing. A favourite is rosewater because of its effectiveness at balancing the skin’s pH level, its also naturally hydrating and calming, making it a perfect toner for all skin types including dry and mature skin.
TOP TIP: Carry your toner round with you and mist your face every time the heat gets too much when you’re out and about. A great way to keep you cool whilst giving your skin some extra TLC.
SWAP toners with harsh ingredients like alcohols, these just strip the skin of its natural oils, to a more natural hydrating floral water. Look for moisture locking ingredients like hyaluronic acid, honey and glycerine.
You still need to apply a good moisturiser but using a lighter formulation that is preferably non-comedogenic will not only hydrate your skin but also help prevent blocked pores.
SWITCH your regular day cream for a lightweight alternative. Our Argan & Orange Blossom Elixir is non-comedogenic and absorbs into the skin very quickly. A lightweight oil that is packed full of EFAs and antioxidants and expertly blended orange blossom, mandarin and bergamot essential oils.
Its obvious and a crucial step all year round no matter the season, but its more important than ever during the summer months. We’re huge advocates of the mineral sunscreens which typically contain ingredients like zinc oxide as they provide a physical barrier that sits on your skin, reflecting harmful UVA & UVB rays.
TOP TIP: It’s essential to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.
SWITCH to mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide offers immediate protection. No need to wait for it to absorb as with conventional chemical sunscreens.
THE TAKE AWAY
Summer skincare doesn’t need to change too much if you’re already using good quality, customisable products. Simple tweaks and swaps are all you need to ensure that you’re skin stays healthy, glowing and protected.
Of course always listen to your skin, like we’ve said, skincare is intuitive and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for the other. However, the advice above should help you tweak and optimise your existing routine.