Stay body beautiful this summer by combating common seasonal skin concerns, naturally. Here are the top 10 summer skin concerns and how to prevent and treat them.
Both dry heat and humid summer weather can cause unwanted frizz. Using an oil treatment weekly can help prevent it and coconut oil is great for this! Argan Oil also makes for a fabulous natural serum. Remember when swimming, that salt water can exasperate frizz. Read our article on Frizz Free Curls, Naturally for further information.
Our bodies lose a lot of moisture in summer which can lead to dehydrated skin, so it’s important to regularly replenish both inside and out. Aside from drinking plenty of water, try a natural facial mist – not only do they calm, refresh and hydrate skin, but contain skin-loving minerals that will calm irritated or inflamed skin. In addition, they’ll give your skin a dewy and youthful boost and refresh makeup.
Dehydrated skin and dry, parched lips often go hand-in-hand. Use a soothing natural lip balm or gloss, containing Shea butter or beeswax will help restore lost moisture and keep lips kissable this summer. SPF is also important, especially when wearing high-shine gloss, because its reflective shimmer tends to attract UV rays. Bite Beauty's new Agave Lip Mask is a super lip treatment.
Keep pesky mosquitoes and sand flies away this summer with a natural insect repellant; citronella essential oil repels bugs. The swelling and itching that can occur post-bite can range from mild to severe. Help soothe bitten skin naturally with aloe vera gel which has antimicrobial, deep cleansing and soothing properties. Vanessa Megan's Bug Off Me is ideal.
Characterised by dry, scaly and often discoloured skin, eczema can be triggered in the heat. Avoid perfumes and detergents, which can exasperate irritation, and opt for natural fragrance free cleanser and moisturiser. Products containing manuka honey, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and chamomile are all recommended for eczema.
Avoid sunburn by staying out the midday sun, wearing protective clothing and remembering to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before going out. Natural zinc-oxide suncreens reflect UVA and UVB rays to protect your skin without unwanted synthetic nasties. If redness or sunburn occurs, relieve it with that natural beauty wonder – aloe vera gel. To reduce redness in the face, soak a facecloth in ice water, then wring it out and apply to your neck, for it cools the blood that's flowing to the face and reduces redness. Preventing redness is important since, over time, flushed skin can dilate capillaries on the face, while sun damage can cause pigmentation.
If a natural self-tanner and bronzer aren’t enough to brighten your skin, beautify it from within. Besides radiance boosting ingredients like vitamins A and C, leafy greens are high in natural estrogens that promote youthful skin. Remove dull, dead skin cells weekly with a skin care scrub made of dissolvable natural granules, such as sea salt or sugar. Give skin a luminous boost with a natural skin oil such as argan or rosehip.
Cracked heels are most noticeable in summer when we wear thongs and sandals. More exposed to the environment at this time of year, heels can become dryer and inflamed. To keep them soft and looking smooth treat yourself to a pedicure then maintain their renewed softness with regular exfoliation and deep moisturisation. You can help soften dry/cracked heels in the shower with a pumice stone or foot file. Keep toes looking beautiful with an on-trend bright nail polish this season, but be sure to choose a 5-Free non-toxic brand like Zoya.
Using a razor on dry skin can irritate the hair follicles, especially in summer since we shave more regularly. Inflamed follicles swell and cause ingrown hairs. You can help remove ingrown hairs by exfoliating with a muslin cloth. To prevent them, use a natural oil such as jojoba or coconut, which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, to shave with, and shave in warm water to open up the hair follicles.
Oily skin problems can be exasperated in summer, including open pores, Pores look more obvious in hot, humid weather due to perspiration. A weekly deep clay mask, like La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask, will help draw out impurities to keep them clear and minimise the appearance. Lemongrass essential oil has been known to help reduce open pores and tighten elastin in the epidermis, and rosewater is also widely recommended; try a refreshing rose water spritz. Conceal open pores with a breathable concealer such as Inika.
So as you can see Mother Nature holds the answer to healthy, beautiful and problem-free skin this summer!
By Nina Weston