Natural Skincare for Summer03/07/2015
There’s something about human behaviour that makes us crave what we can’t have. In the case of us Irish, it’s the sun. Indeed the Irish summer can be unpredictable and more “hot and then cold” than a Katy Perry song, and as much as it messes with our humour, our outfit choices and our plans, it wreaks havoc with our skin too.
Sun, humidity and the inevitable windiness that comes with our summers can leave your skin irritated, damaged and broken-out. Loading it with artificial chemical-heavy products can often do it more harm than good. That’s why nourishing your body with healthy food, natural skincare and taking preventative measures to protect against the elements is essential.
If you’re holidaying abroad this summer, you need to be extra careful with your skin. Remember that Irish skin isn’t used to tropical weather and needs to be protected as much as possible.
Here are some great tips for looking after your skin this summer, whether you’re home or away.
Travel skincare routine
First and foremost, you need to create a natural skincare routine that works with your skin, one that won’t stop suddenly just because you are travelling.
This travel-size Skincare Kit ticks all the boxes in this regard.
Protect your eyes and lips
Ever wondered why the skin on your lips chaps more easily than the rest of your face? This is because the skin is much thinner than everywhere else. Your lips also don’t have any sebaceous glands to keep the moisturised. That means the only way of hydrating them is with saliva and by using a lip balm.
This Balmelicious Vanilla & Peppermint Lip Balm will do the trick nicely. The skin around your eyes is also extremely thin and likely to wrinkle in the sun. Keep it moisturised with this Bright Eyes cream.
Spray the sweat away
Nobody likes a heat rash! To cool down any redness or sweat, spritz on some Ritzy Spritzy.
This vitamin-enriched facial toner makes for an extra special facial mist. Keep a bottle in the fridge for a refreshing and cooling experience.
Take a lesson from Monica in Friends
Your hair can become dry, frizzy and a little too voluminous in extreme humidity. Just ask Monica Gellar. Keep your locks hydrated with a chemical-free hair conditioner like Forget Me Knot.
For extra silkiness and sheen, don’t be afraid to use a couple of pumps of this Angelicus Serratus Body Oil in your hair. Just focus away from the roots when applying to avoid your hair looking greasy.
Dermatologists will recommend avoiding strong sun altogether, as the UV rays are dangerous for skin. Along with the risk of skin cancer, sun damage can also mean age spots and accelerated wrinkling of the skin.
But realistically, for those of us denied sun for most of the year, when the sun shines all we want to do is soak it up. If you’re not going to avoid it completely, at least protect your face with a wide-brimmed sun hat, loose clothing and SPF protection.
Don’t forget about your feet
Our poor toes spend way too long trapped up in thick socks and heavy shoes for most of the year. When the weather allows, let them breathe b
y wearing some comfortable sandals.
Before you do that, exfoliate any unsightly dry skin with this Exfoliating Body Brush and and moisturise with this Softly Does It body lotion.
After spending time in the sun, take a cold shower straight away before the sweat sets in and clogs your pores. This can cause acne and painful skin-chaffing.
If you’ve been bold and forgot to apply SPF, relieve burns by applying natural yogurt onto the skin. Leave for 30 minutes before showering and gently patting. The lactic acid in plain yogurt has calming properties which can soothe burnt skin.
Cantaloupe melon is not only a sweet and delicious choice for a summer snack, it’s also beneficial in helping protect against sun damage. Nicholas Perricone, dermatologist and advocate for treating skin from within, says the fruit is “rich in antioxidants and delivers unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion”. It’s also thought that watermelon and an oral intake of vitamin C and E together can boost your SPF and limit potential for sunburn.