If you are living in Australia, then you will know that summer is well and truly amongst us! With this hot weather we are getting it's so important that we tweak our skincare routines accordingly. In winter our skin is a lot drier and requires products that have heavy moisturisers. However, in the warmer months our skincare needs to be all about sun protection and exfoliation! If you haven't already adapted your skincare to the new season, then I think you'll find this blog post very handy! I decided to put together a list of some of my summer skincare essentials that I recommend everyone use.
Natural Sun Protection
If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you will know how passionate I am about sun protection. Here I talk all about natural sunscreens if you are interested in learning more! With summer finally here it's so important that we don't forget to wear sunscreen every single day. Australia's rate of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world and that's because our UV rays are very strong. It's a fact that just 11 minutes in the Australian summer sun can cause sunburn. So we need to make sure we protect ourselves and our children! Being a natural skincare lover, I love using a natural sunscreen. They are free from any harsh chemicals and work by reflecting the suns rays rather than absorbing them.
At Nourished Life, we have a great selection of natural sunscreens designed to keep you and your family safe and toxin free! Our house brand sunscreen is this Life Basics SPF 30 Sunscreen which is often available in discounted multi-pack buys here on Nourished Life. This is a broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection which is non greasy, so ideal for use on the face as well as the body.
With all sunscreens avoid contact with eyes and if irritation persists discontinue use. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection. Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun, and stay in the shade where possible. Prolonged high-risk sun exposure should be avoided. Frequent reapplication and use in accordance with the directions is required for effective sun protection. Always read the label and use only as directed.
During summer when we are wearing more shorts, dresses and skirts it's nice to have silky, smooth skin. That's where a good exfoliator is needed to get rid of any dry, dead skin. We have a great range of exfoliation products at Nourished Life. One of my favourite body scrubs is this Kona Coffee body scrub which contains antioxidant rich coffee beans which are famously grown in the mineral rich volcanic soils of Hawaii.It is a delicious smelling exfoliant ideal for all skin types.
After you have exfoliated your body and rid yourself of any excess dry skin, the next most important step is to moisturise. If you remember to do so regularly your skin with feel so soft and ready to hit the beach! I always look for a natural body lotion that smells amazing, so it's no wonder why I love the 100% Pure Coconut Nourishing Body Cream! It smells of coconut which I always think is the perfect scent for summer! It is a really nourishing body lotion which is absorbed quickly into the skin, so you won't be waiting around for it to dry. It is also organic and leaves you hydrated and smooth all day long. If you like to apply fake tan in the summer, then you can also use this lotion to extend the life of your tan!
When it gets too hot during the day or I just need a refreshing pick me up, I always reach for a facial spray to cool me down and hydrate my skin. Just a few sprays will leave me feeling fresher and cooler. Over summer I love using the Kora Organics Rose Mist because it gives me a fresh uplifting burst of hydration and just makes my skin feel radiant. It's also great for soothing irritation and for people who have particularly dry skin. The rose scent of this spray is perfect for summer and having in your handbag or on your desk!
Natural Fake Tan
I'm all about having a healthy, safe glow and there's no better way to achieve this than with an organic fake tan. Here at Nourished Life, we have an amazing range of fake tanning options to have you looking beautiful and bronzed all summer long! To find out more about the great range of fake tans we have on offer and how to get the best results from your fake tan, check out this tanning guide I wrote on the topic!