Cheat Sheet | A Seasonal Guide to Summer Skincare

June 29, 2017

When the seasons change it's always a good idea to check in with your skincare routine. Does your skin need more hydration? Or something lighter? What about a serum that's targeting your skin's needs? As the weather changes, your skin will too. Now that Summer is here, it’s time to protect and care for your skin as the temperatures warm up.

Sun Protection

Protecting your skin from sun damage, which can include increased signs of aging, sun spots, and serious health risks, like skin cancer, is something you should be doing all year. It may seem simple, but it's an important part of your everyday skincare routine that you will be thankful for in the future.

To thoroughly protect your skin, you can use a combination of sunscreen and protective clothing. Protective clothing can be long sleeve shirts or pants, wide brimmed hats, and sunglasses. They add a layer of protection for your skin so you can enjoy Summer without sun burns.

Lighter Product Options

While I love treating my dry skin to a rich facial cream during the Winter, our skin often needs something lighter as the temperatures heat up. If you were using our Face + Body Cream, try switching to our Face Oil for a lighter, but still effective moisturizer. Pair this with our Face Toner to make your own hydration serum that also targets brightness and acne. This will help your skin get the nourishment it needs without weighing it down.

This is also easy to do in the makeup department. Instead of a creamy foundation, switch to a matte foundation powder. Or instead of creamy blushes and eyeshadows, look for powders instead. It'll keep your makeup looking bright and fresh instead of thick and heavy.

Exfoliating + Masking

I tend to exfoliate more in the Summer because my skin can become more congested as the temperatures warm up. I also see better results because my skin isn't so sensitive from cold temperatures and harsh winds.

I love using our Face Exfoliant at least twice a week; it's effective without being abrasive. I pair it with a konjac sponge that I use to help cleanse my skin every night. The two work in tandem to clear away dead skin cells and prevent skin congestion.

I also love putting away my creamy treatments and bringing out the clay masks. Our Face Mask in particular is a favourite, as the french pink clay and chickpea flour help absorb oil and detox, while the aloe soothes redness. You can even mix it with your favorite vegan yogurt or rose water for an extra nourishing skin treatment.

Insect Repellent

Nobody likes dealing with bug bites, so having an effective non-toxic insect repellant is a life saver. Most insect repellents are made with DEET, a chemical that alters the central nervous system of bugs so they’re not able to bite us. But it has similar effects in humans. The chemical alters our central nervous system causing issues like disorientation and confusion. It’s also not great for our skin, causing issues like rashes, hives, and blisters. A conventional insect repellent isn’t good for the bugs, nor is it good for us.

But our Herbal Insect Repellent isn’t going to disrupt anyone’s central nervous system. I feel comfortable using it on my sensitive skin which means I'm able to spend time outdoors without worrying about skin irritation or bug bites.

Spot Serum

Acne can often get worse in the Summer as we're sweating more and the heat can actually make your skin produce more sebum. But by switching to lighter personal care products, using effective masks, and incorporating a gentle spot serum, you won't have to worry about acne. Our Spot Serum is made with jojoba oil to balance oil production, and essential oils to heal blemishes without causing excessive dryness or any irritation. Fun fact: you can use our Spot Serum as a itch reliever for bug bites too!

Taking care of your skin doesn't have to be difficult, and these seasonal skincare updates allow you to focus on enjoying your Summer.

Sarah Price is a green beauty and self care writer with an obsession with holistic skincare. She writes about natural beauty, DIY recipes, self care tips, and more on her self titled blog.

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