Summer is undoubtedly most people’s favourite season. The weather is warmer, everything is in bloom and light fills up our lives. Everything somehow seems brighter and happier during the summer.
However, summer can be a tricky friend to your skin. By now, most of us realise the dangers of exposing our skin to sunlight for too long and spending a lot of time in dry outdoor weather can further dry the skin. Then there are the summer treats that tempt us, and the salty seawater we like to dip in to cool down. You need the right tools to combat these difficult conditions and enjoy summer to the fullest.
We’ve browsed the forums and expert sites, conducting our own research into some of the best skin beauty tips for summer sun. These vegan options will help you protect and repair your skin when exposed to sunlight.
So, let’s get
#1: Start with sun cream
The most important thing is to sort out skin cream to protect against harmful UV rays. If you have a good foundation to protect your skin, you won’t need to do much damage repair at the end of the summer.
In terms of best vegan and organic lotions that provide ample protection against the sun, you have plenty of options to choose from. Our favourites include:
- OliElla – SunSeeker Aftersun
- Yaoh – Hemp Sun Block
- Eco Verde – Day Cream SPF 15 Tinted
- Lush – Million Dollar Moisturiser
#2: Exfoliate your face and body
You’re skin is constantly shedding skin cells and producing new cells to replace the old ones. If you don’t exfoliate, removing these dead skin cells, your skin will quickly start looking really dry and dull. This can even result in irritation and redness.
In the summer, you want to exfoliate no more than once or twice a week. You don’t want to be removing the healthy layer of oil too much or damage the growing skin cells by constantly exfoliating.
If you’re looking for good exfoliators, here are some of our suggestions:
- Peter Lamas – Naturals Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub
- ACURE – Brightening Facial Scrub
- Pixi Glow – Tonic Exfoliating Toner
#3: Fight sunspots with Aloe Vera
Occasionally, you might find yourself spending just a bit too much time in the sun. This could result in sunburn, sunspots or discolouring. The three can occur anywhere on your skin and it can make the skin irritated, itchy or just leave you with cosmetic problems.
However, you have a great natural solution for it all.You don’t even need to fill your cabinets with different products – just purchase yourself some Aloe Vera. You can find vegan Aloe Vera gels online, but you could even make your own treatment with fresh Aloe Vera. www.bargainhuntersblog.com has a great guide for a DIY treatment.
#4: Don’t forget to hydrate
As a rule of thumb, you want to increase your water intake during warm summer months. Water is important for skin health and you need the extra water to wash out toxins. If you don’t drink enough water, your skin will actually start compensating the lack of hydration by producing excess oil. The excess oil on your skin can result in breakouts, irritation or simply dry patches.
You should ideally aim to drink around 2 litres of water every day. If you’re just sitting in air conditioned environments and not moving around a lot, you will need less than if you spend a lot of time outdoors and you’re super active. In the summer, you might also want to consider drinking electrolyte water. This means mineral water that contains: calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium and sodium. You could also replace some of the water with coconut water, which is rich in potassium.
#5: Eat yourself a glowing, healthy summer skin
Aside from hydrating, food can also have an influence on your skin – during summer, you need a lot of protection in forms of vitamins. Vitamins will help protect your skin, increase collagen production and circulation, and therefore, boost the rate of repairing damaged skin. The vitamins to focus on include Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
The best foods for summer:
- Berries, such as blueberries and blackberries
- Dandelion greens
#6: Opt for minimal make-up
Allow your natural beauty to come through during summer. Eye make-up can be tricky and irritating in the summer – but do remember to use lip balm to protect your lips. Healing Watermelon Lip Palm by LadyBug Jane is a great pick.
#7: Have a cold shower
If you’ve been out in the sun, you want to expose your body to a cold shower. It keeps skin clogged and prevents breakouts and dryness in the summer. The sudden cold on your warm skin will open up pores and helps you wash out impurities. Cold will also increase circulation and therefore, helps your body to start repairing itself quicker.
With these seven skin beauty tips for summer sun, you can enjoy the weather without it damaging your skin. In fact, you’ll strengthen your skin and provide yourself with a beautiful summer glow. Here’s to a happy and healthy summer!
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