Its officially Summer and whilst the countdown begins to holiday season and dare I say the possibility of the sun shining, we wanted to put together our best selection of health and beauty tips that will help you positively radiate throughout the Summer months.
Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate: The best way to get skin-ready for Summer is to (yes you've guessed it ) EXFOLIATE. Exfoliation gets rid of old, dead skin cells and is also the best way to achieve that summer glow. We recommend exfoliating every 10 days for the face, once or twice a week for the body and paying particular attention to those sandal and flip-flop wearing feet. If you are planning for a day by the pool then exfoliate in the evening, but remember that exfoliation reveals new, sensitive skin that could be more prone to burning in the sun so slap on that sunscreen
Hydrate: Heat and sun flush the water out of your skin so as well as drinking the recommended eight glasses of water each day (gulp!), enrich your diet with water-rich foods such as berries, apples, watermelons, salad or broccoli to add extra hydration. You also need to make sure that you moisturise regularly
Protect: Sunscreen is the first thing we pop into our bag when heading to the beach, but alas when running errands, going to work or simply walking the dog its not something we often think about applying. Adding a healthy layer of face protecting sunscreen to your morning beauty routine is a must and these days there are plenty of moisturisers on the market that also include SPF sun protection. For those of you that are spending a day at the beach (or pool), start smart and apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you head outdoors. If you can, stand in front of your full-length mirror to make sure you don’t miss hard-to reach spots like the middle of your back and the back of your legs. Remember to reapply at least every two hours and if you don't know what sunscreen to buy then check out the EWG safe sunscreen list.
Protect: Make a daily habit of applying a hair care product that contains UV filters. These products protect hair from sun damage and help keep colour-processed hair from fading. We are also quite partial to an over-sized ultra-chic wide-brimmed hat which also protects your hair whilst looking uber glam at the same time,
Avoid the Heat: The sun is already putting too much heat on your hair, so avoid the additional heat as much as you can. At least once or twice a week, give your hair a break from blow dryers, straighteners and curling tongs. We heart washing our hair in the evening, popping it into a bun and letting it dry naturally so that once we shake it loose in the morning we have the perfect beachy waves.
Hydrate: Keep your hair nourished and hydrated by applying deep conditioner to wet hair and thoroughly combing it through before heading out to the surf or sun. The heat from the summer sun will open the hair cuticle and help the conditioner to penetrate better. To replenish moisture to sun-damaged hair use deep conditioning masks at least once a week.
Take Time to Prime: Primers are amazing summertime secret weapons as they are super lightweight and quietly camouflage skin issues without completely obscuring them. Primers also help keep your foundation on longer so a definite handbag essential for a sweaty summer
Go waterproof. Eyelashes are tiny hairs, so keep them well-nourished, clump-free, and free of smears by using a waterproof mascara that is enriched with good-for-you oils. Also avoid those awful under-eye sweaty smears by applying mascara to your upper lashes only.
Pucker up Instead of a lip gloss or lipstick use a tinted lip balm as this will keep your lips hydrated and will also stay on for longer.
So there you have it. We hope our handy hints help.
Let us know how you get on