SUMMER SKIN CARE TIPS
Environmental factors play an important role in determining what your skin needs; UVA and UVB rays are strong in Australia so using sunscreen daily is a must. You may find that your skincare regime changes slightly from winter to summer, with your skin type dictating exactly what your skin will need during the different seasonal months. Humidity will also affect hydration levels in your skin, for this reason, I opt for slightly less nourishment over summer. I have put together a few tips on ‘looking after your skin in the summer months.’
The use of sunscreen is essential in Australia during winter and summer to ensure adequate protection from sun damage and premature aging. Even while travelling short distances to and from work you still need to protect your skin from these environmental aggressors. Many of us hesitate using sunscreen daily as many on the market are too heavy and can contribute to congestion. I recommend using a 30spf in your facial moisturiser that is specifically designed for the face, providing daily hydration and protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Focus on hydrating your skin rather than nourishing, in summer the humidity helps to encourage natural oil production. Most skin can benefit from using a lightweight moisturiser, however, if your skin is severely dry then you may need both. Onne’s Complexion Cream contains patchouli oil which moisturises and soothes skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and acne. Making it a year-round moisturiser beneficial for both oily and dry skin types. If you’re in need of extra hydration then try using a gentle toning mist containing rose or lavender in conjunction with your moisturiser.
WEAR SUN PROTECTING ITEMS
The summer months are made for being outdoors, relaxing under the warmth of the sun. Brisk walks or days at the beach can be enjoyed whilst protecting your skin. Re-apply sunscreen every 2-hours if you are swimming and every 4-hours if you are dry outdoors. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and cover your shoulders and chest, this will protect your skin from direct UV damage.
If you have spent numerous hours in the sun on any given day, the application of Aloe Vera gel consecutively will help to reverse the damage caused by the sun’s rays. Aloe Vera gel will remove heat and soothe any areas of redness and irritation. In conjunction with this, take part in your usual skincare routine that evening. Use a facial mask at night to aid in providing your skin with vitamins and nutrients essential for repair. Onne’s antioxidant-packed Moisturising Mask will repair the skin by soothing redness and inflammation. It will provide moisture for dry and irritated skin and will fight free radical damage from environmental stressors. Follow the mask with the Complexion Cream for added moisture and barrier protection.
If your skin is irritated and inflamed from the sun focus on calming and soothing the skin until the symptoms subside, avoiding all forms of exfoliation! Once your skin has healed and returned to its natural state you can begin exfoliating as per your usual routine. Using your Adzuki Purifying Powder face scrub approximately 1-2 times per week and the konjac sponge with the Clarifying Cleanser when required.
TAKE A COOL SHOWER
Avoid hot showers after being in the sun for a long period of time will further dry out the skin. Taking a cool shower will help to calm down any redness and heat produced from the day. The cool water will additionally wash away sweat and close your pores, reducing congestion and breakouts. Try applying organic coconut oil to your body after a cool shower to aid in the repair and nourish overnight. For added moisturising benefits and barrier protection, follow with Onne’s Complexion Cream for the face and Onne’s Balancing Body Balm for your body.
NOURISH YOUR SKIN WITH FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Ingesting fruits and vegetables containing Vitamin C will brighten your skin and aid in fighting free radical damage from the inside out. Strawberries, oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, berries, spinach, and sweet potatoes are some of the many fruits and vegetables containing Vitamin C. A topical tip: cut a large strawberry in half. Take a fork and poke holes at the flesh to awaken the juices. Swipe it across your face in circular motions. Leave the juices on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off, over time this will help to brighten the skin.
Writer/Journalist and Beauty Therapist