Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Every year I look forward to Summer; longer days and more time outdoors. The sun changes your mood and makes everyone happy. I love it so much that i'm always chasing the heat and travel to Bali every Winter. Am I a sun addict? Definitely!
With warm weather, sunshine, beach, the first and most important tip is to get enough water in your diet.
During Summer we are exposed to greater UV, higher temperatures and dryness from air conditioning. The results are sun damage, dehydration, oiliness from extra sebum secretion and breakouts.
It's not just about drinking, in summer it's even more easy to "eat your water" with a bowl of colourful fruits, amazing vegetables, salad and fresh juices.
Water is beneficial to your body in many ways and it also improves your complexion.
Drinking water helps your skin get the moisture it requires, It will help your skin's elasticity as well as its general smoothness.
I recommend you to drink 8 glasses of water per day.
A dehydrated skin loses elasticity, pronounces eye bags and wrinkles, and looks older overall.
Embrace cold showers to boost circulation, tighten up skin, close pores and minimise breakouts.
Did you know that hot water strips skin of natural protective oil, increasing sensitivity?
So in summer, no excuses : COLD SHOWER
In summer you should select food rich in selenium, zinc and vitamins C and E, as a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals. Some studies have also found that the nutrient can also help decrease acne. Brazil nuts are the highest natural source of selenium. For a vegan diet you can also find it in sunflower seeds, green and brown lentils, cashew nuts, pecan nuts, mushrooms, soya milk and brown rice.
Lycopene, a phytochemical present in some red fruits and vegetables, it increases protection against UV by boosting levels of pro-collagen. You can find it in tomatoes, guava, watermelon, papaya, pink grapefruit, carrots.
In summer you can't miss the aloe vera. Well known as an amazing food for your skin, it also helps prevent lipid peroxidation, which can lead to cell damage.
I know, it's not the tastiest food but you can mix it in a smoothie as a supplement.
Fresh figs, my favourite. I used to hate them when I was a little girl, I guess it was because at the time in France we were more used to eat them dry as a remedy for constipation. Not so glamourous.
But then in my twenties I moved to Spain and discovered these juicy sun-ripened figs that grew everywhere and tasted deliciously. Figs are rich in fibres that help detoxify the skin. They also provide natural sweetness, making your dishes tasty and an alternative to refined sugar.
And we can´t miss our hero the avocado, the inner moisturiser. Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, it keeps your skin moist, soothes inflammations, protects you against UV cell damage and promotes skin elasticity.
Never skip sunscreen.
The important tips are : look for protection against both UVA/UVB rays, water resistant for beach days and sweat, with a minimum SPF of 20 or preferably higher to protect against majority of rays.
The damage caused by overexposure to these long-wave rays of ultraviolet light, such as premature ageing or an increased risk of skin cancer, may not appear for years.
UVB short-wave rays are the type of ultraviolet light that causes burning and pigmentation on your face, which is really tough to get rid of.
So apply a good sun cream and stay regularly topped up.
My selection of natural sun cream :
CLEANSE, CLEANSE, CLEANSE
Nothing is better for your skin than a deep cleanse.
As well as a daily cleanse at home, it's great to treat yourself to a facial once per month for a real complexion boost.
When it comes to your skin a real secret is cleanse, cleanse, cleanse!
If you want to improve your skin complexion, it´s simple : make sure your skin is clean. The three-step cleanse is so important to have your skin perfectly clean before bed and in the morning before applying makeup.
STEP 1 : EYES
If you wear mascara, the first thing to do is to make sure all traces of your eye makeup are removed.
Apply your eye cleanser to cotton pads, rub into the lashes and around the eye area to grab any mascara and liner.
STEP 2 : QUICK CLEANSE
After removing eye makeup, it's time for the quick cleanse using a facial toner. Our shop online will have a choice for all skin types.
STEP 3 : THE DEEP CLEANSE
This is where you really make a difference with your skin. Facial massage is amazing before going to bed. So for step 3 take your facial oil, rub a little between your hands and massage into the skin. Concentrate on covering all areas of the face, as this will assist with lymph drainage and help to remove dry skin to relieve stress.
TRY A FACIAL MASK
The switch of seasons can lead to a dry and irritated skin.
One of the best ways to combat this is to treat your skin with a facial mask once a week.
As we really love your skin we give you a nice recipe to do at home.
1/4 mashed avocado
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon oats
Combine mashed avocado with aloe vera and oats.
Apply to face and leave on for 10 - 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
As you remove, you can gently massage the mask into your skin for a little exfoliation.
Now relax, enjoy the summer and your perfect glowing skin.