Natural beauty for summer

17 July 2017 by
First published: 2 August 2017

The summer is a wonderful time of year, but it can cause havoc for your skin. Too much sun exposure can cause skin damage, excess sweat can clog your pores and higher temperatures will dry out your skin. So we help you learn to adapt your skincare routine to maintain a glowing complexion all year round.

Swap foundation for BB cream

Wearing foundation during the hot summer months can feel quite uncomfortable, plus you’ll likely sweat it off when temperatures soar. But, if you don’t want to go make-up free, try using a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser instead of foundation. You’ll be doing your skin a favour by using a lighter product that still gives you good coverage.


Your skin goes through a lot on a daily basis, but even more so when summer comes around. It has to deal with higher levels of sun exposure, heat, sun cream and sweat, in addition to the make-up that you wear on a daily basis. Exfoliating will help you unclog your pores, remove dead skin cells and feel fresh.

Waterproof mascara

There’s nothing worse than coming home after a hot day and looking in the mirror only to realise that your mascara has been running all day and no one had the heart to tell you. Hello panda eyes! Waterproof mascara is a smart summer buy heree – you may not be able to completely avoid summer sweat altogether, but you can at least keep your make-up intact.

Blotting paper

Anyone with oily skin knows how frustrating it can be trying to keep it under control. You’ve no doubt considered trying a number of beauty products, but have you given blotting paper a go? There are a variety of different blotting papers that you can choose from that contain an assortment of natural ingredients to gently nourish your skin while removing any excess sweat or oil. They’ll be your best bud in the heat.

Sun protection

Wearing sun cream when the sun is scorching hot should be a no brainer, yet so many of forget to apply sun protection if we’re not on holiday. Not only does sun cream provide you with protection from serious issues such as skin cancer, but it can also help prevent other skin conditions such as blotchiness, wrinkles and skin discolouration.

After sun

Suncare doesn’t stop the minute you step away from the sun. You also need to make sure that you apply after sun, as too much sun exposure can cause uncomfortable burns and tender skin. Applying after sun reduces inflammation and protects your skin from further skin damage. An after sun that contains ingredients such as Aloe Vera will soothe your skin.

Look after your lips

It’s bad enough that we have to deal with dry, chapped lips during winter, but in summer too? It’s just not fair. Luckily, there is a solution to your woes. It’s definitely worth looking into sun creams specifically designed to protect your lips from sun damage and a moisturising lip balm that you can keep in your bag at all times.

Cold showers

The idea of a cold shower may make you shiver, but they can actually be incredibly beneficial for a number of reasons. Hot water can dry out your skin and having a cold shower is actually a great way to tighten your pores and prevent them from getting too clogged up with dirt.

Mindful eating

What you eat can have a huge impact on your skin, so being mindful of what you’re munching on will do you a whole lot of good. It’s important to be aware of the detrimental effects that certain foods can have on your skin – sugar, dairy and caffeine are some of the biggest bad skin culprits.

Stay active

You may not have realised, but maintaining an active lifestyle can really benefit your skin. Exercising increases your blood flow, so that the blood carrying oxygen and nutrients around the body does so at a faster pace. This process allows the blood to nourish your skin cells, keeping them in tip-top condition.