While the time of the year to sit back and relax is arriving, it is not the time to relax on your skincare. Our African sun is intense, and we have among the highest number per year of sunny days in the world. Along with this heat comes changes to your skin. We’re talking clogged pores, pigmentation, and breakouts. This calls for a little extra TLC! Here are 5 simple skin care tips to elevate your skin ritual and keep you glowing all summer long, without breaking a sweat.
SPF is your BFF
Protecting your skin from intense UV rays is an all-year-round job, but it’s especially important in the summer months. Sun exposure causes the premature formation of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, pigmentation as well as the deconstruction of collagen. The scariest result of too much sun exposure is skin cancer hence, why it is so important to take sun protection seriously. Try use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply throughout the day, especially when swimming. Go for a sunscreen that does not have oxybenzone (which studies have shown is also damaging to sea urchin, fish, and mammals) and other threatening chemicals.
Don’t forget to protect easy to miss spots such as your ears, scalp, and feet.
We recommend the Healing Earth Pinotage All Day SPF
Hydration is key
Hydrated skin is happy skin. It is easy to become dehydrated in the heat, and this can lead to problems such as dizziness, fatigue and possibly sunstroke. It also affects your skin. When your skin lacks the moisture it needs, it loses elasticity, and its texture will feel rougher, as it is the last organ to receive hydration. Remember to drink 6- 8 glasses of water a day as the best summer routine starts from the inside out. This will keep you cool and provide hydration to your skin on your body.
We recommend the Healing Earth Hyaluronic Serum
Fight pigmentation with antioxidants
Breakouts, dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, and premature ageing can be tackled by adding antioxidants in your summer skincare routine. As we age, our bodies produce fewer antioxidants and more free radicals. Since antioxidants are not stored by the body, we routinely must replenish them, both inside and out. During the summer months, when our skin is often exposed to more damaging elements like the sun, heat, salty or chlorinated water, it’s important to focus on fortifying its natural defences. Antioxidants offer a way to do that. Two key antioxidant vitamins that play a major role in priming your skin for protection against the sun are vitamins E and C. The use of vitamin E and C. as well as other antioxidants will ensure that your skin is ready to fight free radicals and repair itself.
Apply an antioxidant serum in the morning after cleansing, and before you apply SPF.
We recommend the Healing Earth Marula & Neroli Bath & Body Oil
Detox, detox, detox
In summer, sweat, extra dirt and oil can cause skin issues. If your skin tends to get oily during the summer season, introduce a detoxifying clay mask into your weekly skincare routine. This will help extract oils, sebum, toxins, and dead skin that would leave your skin being prone to break outs and looking dull. Remember to follow a detoxifying mask with a hydrating routine to ensure your skin is not dehydrated. Exfoliation is just as important, but in moderation as over-exfoliating can damage your skin’s protective barrier. Gently exfoliate twice a week for radiant, smooth looking skin.
We recommend the Healing Earth Pinotage Repair Mask
Nourish from inside and out
We all know you can nourish your skin on the outside but nourishing from the inside is just as important. What we eat has a huge impact on our skins texture and appearance. Summer is the perfect time to increase your intake of fruit and veg due to all the amazing seasonal products available. Fruit and vegetables contain powerful vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals which support healthy, glowing skin and help fight free radicals. These free radicals may be triggered by smoking, pollution, and the action of sunlight. Try and eat a plate filled with a rainbow of colourful fruits and vegetables.
We recommend the Healing Earth Mongongo Nut Body Balm
OUR SUMMER FAVOURITES
A light-weight day cream suited for environmentally damaged skin. This product contains just the right amount of moisture and protection throughout the day. This vitamin-rich moisturiser will provide a natural balance to the skin, leaving the skin mattified for make-up application.
Healing Earth’s industry-leading Hyaluronic Serum contains 100% pure hyaluronic acid of the highest quality and efficacy. Simply apply as a serum to the facial area once daily to see and feel the results for yourself.
Transport yourself on a sensory journey with this blend of exotic aromatherapy oils and natural active ingredients for gently cleansing and nourishing your hands and body.
This circulation-boosting balm can be used after the body oil for a more intensive skin repairing action. The balm nourishes and protects the skin with shea butter. Hoodia and African ginger boost circulation and decrease the lipid production in the body.
A multi-purpose mask, rich in absorbent clay, combined with a calming essential oil blend deep cleanses the pores whilst nourishing the skin for a mattified smooth complexion. The skin appears instantly clearer without excess shine. This versatile pore refining wander should be an addition to every bathroom cabinet.