The promise of longer sunshiny days and blue skies is finally on the horizon for us to naturally enjoy some much-needed vitamin D.
Whilst many of us adore the warmer weather, each season brings its own challenges. Summer can be notorious and wreak havoc on our skin if not looked after. All skin types including sensitive, dry, combination and even oily skin can be susceptible to dehydration and hence staying safe in the sun and having a proper skincare for summer is vitally important to protect your skin from its damaging and ageing effects.
So what challenges does summer skin face and what are the right skincare tips to keep our skin naturally glowing?
The general pattern during summer is that our oil and sweat glands are more active. This means more sweat and oil can mingle with dead skin cells, leading to more breakouts, especially for the oily skin types. You might develop more breakouts on your face, chest, and back. Heat can draw moisture from your skin, and so can air conditioning and hence face care during summer is crucial for which hydration – both dietary and topical – is even more important in these hotter months for both dry and oily skin types.
It’s important to switch up the rest of the elements of your skincare routine. Keep scrolling to know our quintessential steps of skincare for summer and products that are designed to assist your skin through heat, wind, humidity and dryness.
Cleanse the grime away
In summer, there’s no better feeling than scrubbing all the oil, grime and sunscreen off your face at the end of the day! Especially for the ones with oily skin. Our- Mesmerising African Black Cleansing Potion is gentle and non-drying on heat stressed skin and also naturally minimises sun damage & hyperpigmentation caused by excessive exposure to UV rays during this time.
Exfoliating is one of the most crucial summer skin care tips to achieve that healthy glow during summer as it helps to avoid those dry patches of skin, and sallow complexion. What’s more is that it keeps your pores unblocked as you’re applying sunscreen throughout the day. This is because as you’re removing dead skin cells, you’re naturally speeding up your skin’s renewal process. Be kind to your skin and not overdo with any form of exfoliation. We advise you to stay away from chemical exfoliation all together.
So then – how much is too much? Once a week with a gentle exfoliator like oats or almond meal will generally do the trick for both dry and oily skin types.
Lather it up
Using natural body oils aids in restoring the natural balance of moisture to the skin. Our- Skin Softening After Shower Body Oil helps to soften, hydrate and purify the skin. Formulated with essential oils like lavender, germanium, cypress and bergamot plus a cocktail of good-for-you ingredients like hempseed, grapeseed, sunflower and apricot kernel oil it helps to naturally nourish your skin from the inside out. The nutrient-rich oils regulate trans epidermal water loss to the optimal level and hence doesn’t let your skin dry out. Besides, its delightfully addictive scent will make you feel fresh like summer!
Softening Foot Soak
Sandals and summer heat are waging a secret war on your feet – and it’s your duty to protect and have skincare for your precious tootsies as well! Give your feet the skin they deserve with our Ultra Healing Foot Cream which has goodness of oils like Wheatgerm to repair the most dry and hard skin. It also has Castor oil that softens the skin and peppermint oil that naturally acts as an antiseptic. A must-have in your night time ritual for happy & well-moisturized feet during summer.
Hydration is the key
Summer is actually as dry as winter and your skin may need more than regular hydration during these hot months. One of the ultimate summer skincare tips for dry skin is our summer hero- Moisture Replenishing Skin Tonic which is naturally the fastest way to rehydrate parched skin. Being packed with botanicals like Neroli and Patchouli, with a boost of Aloe Vera it perfectly restores moisture back while simultaneously soothing and cooling especially after prolonged sun exposure to leave you with that smooth & naturally glowing face canvas.
For dull and oily/acne- prone skin the Oil Balancing Skin Tonic would be one of the absolutely idyllic summer skincare tips for oily skin as it works wonders to balance out the oil production that tends to ramp up during the summer months. With its natural astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, it gently shrinks pores with optimum hydration, and controls breakouts. Being jam-packed with naturally powerful ingredients like witch hazel, calming lavender and Aloe vera it has power to heal irritated skin and sun damage, and is definitely a pick-me-up product that every oily skin type needs as an instant energiser during this time of the year for that glowing and dewy look. You can also store it in the fridge for a better feel.
Another tip to up hydration levels is to opt for a lightweight fast absorbing moisturiser to provide that instant hydration boost because during the summer months you’re up against the dehydrating effects of extreme temperatures, air-conditioning and sunburn–all of which can cause dry, flaky skin. So, regardless of your skin type, moisturisers are important to help lock in hydration along with all the benefits of your other skin care products like essences, serums or ampoules used prior.
Summer is a time of year we all look forward to but that excitement can be interrupted by feelings of dread or anxiety about the way we look. We can’t always completely banish the things that make us feel that way, but we can try to be kind to ourselves, treat our body to good things to keep it healthy and glowing during these hotter months. Oil blends have the power to feed our thirsty summer skin with active nutrients for beauty that goes far beyond being skin deep for both dry and oily skin types.
Here are a few not-so-guilty pleasures and fun products from our end because at Oleum Cottage, your skin’s health is our top priority and we want you to live in sunshine and navigate through this summer with a happy, soothed and supple skin simply by following these skin care tips.
Let us know if any of these ‘tips for glowing skin in summer naturally’, helped you do summer right!