CHS and Tonic Health assistant manager and beauty therapist Maxine Scoble talks to us about summer skin and how to look after your body’s largest organ during the warmer weather.
Longer days mean more time out and about outside, enjoying the sunshine and making the most of the warmer weather. Longer days also mean our bodies are exposed to harsh rays of the sun for extended periods, so it’s also the time to pay a bit more attention to our skin.
Our skin needs hydrating all year round to keep it soft and supple, and to banish dry and thirsty skin. We know all about drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration, but also remember to hydrate your skin. Choose a product that doesn’t add any extra oil to your skin, such as a gel toner that will assist in refreshing and restoring your skin’s natural pH balance.
Hemp seed oil is an amazing oil in capsule form, says Maxine, which has many benefits for your skin and body. It’s great to take to give the skin a plump, youthful appearance and can support general wellness and vitality.
As the outdoors beckon, we all know the ritual of covering ourselves up with hats, sunnies, and clothes that protect us, and selecting an effective sunscreen, reapplied throughout the day.
Products that combine tasks can save a bit of time, so look out for a natural sunscreens blended with a natural tanning lotion. Clear formula tanning products that develop slowly over time can also work while you sleep – just apply before bed and wake up with a natural, sun-kissed glow.
For pesky mosquitoes and insects, consider taking a more natural approach by choosing a product that does not contain Deet or Picaridin. Taking a Vitamin B complex is also said to keep away the mozzies – we can’t smell it, but they can. It’s also got the added benefit of being great for energy levels!
It’s sometimes nice to take a lighter touch to makeup and let the radiant glow of healthy skin shine through. A winning combination is to keep makeup a little more natural and to use colours such as pinks and peaches for lips and cheeks, says Maxine. There are also many natural lip balms to choose from, which have the dual effect of nourishing and protecting the delicate skin.
Changing to a natural deodorant is better for you and the environment, and for summer choose a citrus fragrance to awaken the senses.
Do you want to find out more about how to look after your summer skin? Then come into one of our Community Health Stores and speak with one of our experts.