Keep Your Skin Glowing with a Natural Summer Skin Care Routine
The warmer months are one of the most trying times for summer skin care to keep our skin protected, soft, and glowing. Simmering heat and blazing sun rays can be unforgiving to the skin. The raging temps, excessive humidity, or desert dryness can steal your natural radiance, leaving you with dull, oily, blemished skin.
How Does Summer Affect Your Skin?
Summer can create havoc when it comes to keeping our skin nourished due to the mixture of humidity and heat. You see, this yo-yo from dry to humid weather aggregates dryness and increases the activity of the sebaceous glands that produce oil. In addition to that, the heat enlarges pores, increasing the chances for oil, dirt, and bacteria to get trapped. Equating to summer breakouts, many blame overindulging in summer treats or cocktails. Contrary to belief, all skin types are affected by summer weather, regardless of how many summer delights or festivities you enjoy.
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So what do you do?
Summer can undoubtedly affect the appearance and health of our skin, but there are many things we can do to hold on to our glow. And exclusive, overpriced skincare products need not be one of them. Instead, turn to natural skincare ingredients to create your own summer skincare arsenal of cleansers, toners, exfoliators, and more.
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Summer Skin Care Routine for the Body
Get glowing skin in summer and grab hold of it with the following tips, techniques, and recipes for beginners and beauty mavens alike!
Exfoliating is key to brighter, smoother skin no matter the season. The body sheds skin cells rapidly, and if we don’t exfoliate, the dead skin cells can pile up, clogging our pores, congesting the skin, and resulting in an overall dullness. All it takes is simple ingredients from the kitchen like coffee grounds and sugar to reveal smoother skin and stimulate elastin production.
Whip up one of these natural exfoliators and apply 2 to 3 times a week.
- Key Lime Scrub Bars
- Pink Grapefruit Exfoliating Soap
- Cilantro and Lime Salt Glow
- Green Tea Body Scrub
- Coffee Body Scrub
Shave with Caution
Often, in the summer months, our skin is irritated from chlorine in the swimming pool or just too much sun. While many believe shaving cream is only for men. I’m here to tell you – it’s quite incredible for women too! This natural shaving cream recipe won’t leave your legs dry or add to the irritation. It’s made with shea butter and coconut oil – a cross between shaving soap and shaving oil. It feels like a heavy body cream. Try it today, along with these four tips for a great shave.
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Make a summer rain creamy body wash with a unique blend of nourishing natural ingredients perfect for summer skincare. What makes this homemade body wash so creamy and smooth? The combination of shea butter, apricot oil, and vegetable glycerin adds a protective layer to your skin for lasting softness! With this recipe, you’ll have enough to last all summer.
Restore Moisture Loss
Your body loses a lot of moisture during the summer months. Often causing your skin to feel dehydrated and itchy. So, how do you keep your skin moisturized in the summer? If your skin needs a drink, opt for hydrating body butter. Unlock the benefits of green tea and restore moisture to your skin with a simple 2-ingredient green tea body butter anyone can make!
Protect and Prevent
Wearing sunscreen is THE most important step in a summer skincare routine. Even if you do everything above, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice to the health, youth, and appearance of your skin by not wearing sunscreen. So, when spending time in the sun, reapply sunscreen every three hours or every hour if you’re enjoying a dip in the pool or ocean. Make an all-natural sunscreen from the creative founder of Pronounce Skincare.
Essential Summer Skin Care Tips for the Face
Summer can bring with it a whole kit and kaboodle of skin problems ranging from ashy ankles to hairline blemishes. Which leads us to wonder, “How can I get clear skin in summer?” Use our summer skincare routine to keep your skin clear and clean in the warmest months of the year.
Why should we ease up on wearing makeup in the summer? Humidity and heat suppress the ability of the skin to breathe. Add sweaty hot temps, and a thick foundation can quickly clog pores creating a happy abode for bacteria. So here are a few ideas to help you rethink makeup in the summertime.
- Wear a powder foundation instead of liquid
- Swap lipstick for tinted lip balm
- Try a tinted moisturizer and skip foundation altogether
- Look for breathable mineral-based makeup
- Trade plumping lip gloss for a lip plumping scrub
Never Forget to Cleanse
Speaking of makeup, if you haven’t made it a habit yet to cleanse your skin before going to sleep – start now! Wearing makeup to bed is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Try this popular recipe for a cleansing aloe vera face wash to let your pores breathe at night.
Face steaming is one of the most effective skincare remedies for clogged pores. It opens up the pores allowing for the release of dead skin cells, bacteria, dirt, and other impurities. All the while helping to prevent summer breakouts. Add face steaming to your summer skincare routine once or twice a week.
Cleanse your face and steam for 10 minutes to rehydrate, unclog pores, and soothe the skin. Learn how to create a face steam for your skin type with specific ingredients in this article. Don’t know your skin type? Take our quiz!
Refresh and Rebalance
The t-zone, combination skin types are all too familiar with, contains the largest concentration of sebaceous glands on the face. And in the summer months, this area often appears slick and shiny. The best way to keep the shine away is with a light, refreshing face toner.
Applying a toner helps to close and to tighten pores, preventing excess oil accumulation. And a good face toner will remove dirt and build-up from makeup, oil, and sweat, in addition to hydrating the skin while restoring its natural pH balance. Do it all with reusable cotton rounds too!
To protect your skin’s natural glow staying hydrated is the key. You see, water is an essential ingredient in healthy skin tissue. It keeps your skin soft, supple, and radiant while flushing toxins through sweat and urination. Without proper hydration, your skin will show signs of dryness, appearing dull and lacking a glow or luster. And in case you didn’t know, dry skin is prone to wrinkles.
So, bottoms up, friends – drink a minimum of eight cups of water a day, which is just 64 ounces. Buy a 32-ounce glass water bottle (like this one from Origin) and fill it up twice a day. Take it with you everywhere you go, and you’ll have no problem staying hydrated!
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In Lieu of Moisturizer
When summer rolls in, it’s time to ditch heavy face creams for a light, non-greasy option. And a glow facial serum is a must for a summer glowing skin routine! This homemade serum for glowing skin is the perfect way to hydrate and moisturize in warm weather, and it’s all too easy to make.
Glow Facial Serum Ingredients
10 drops frankincense essential oil
1.75 ounces jojoba oil
10 drops geranium essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil
2-ounce glass eyedropper bottle
How to Make a Glow Facial Serum
Using a mini funnel add 1 ounce of jojoba oil to a glass dropper bottle. Remove the funnel and add 10 drops each of frankincense, geranium, and chamomile essential oils. Place the funnel back on the bottle carefully add the remaining jojoba oil, leaving room for the eyedropper. Remove the funnel and place the eyedropper top on. Close and gently swirl to blend essential oils in the jojoba oil.
Apply your glow facial serum with your fingertips working upward toward your hairline. For the finishing touch in your summer skin care routine, massage the serum in with a jade roller for soft, glowy skin! Pin these summer skin tips for later and tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share your beauty tips and tricks.