With the summer at our fingertips, it is safe to say we’re in for one overwhelmingly hot and dry bronze run. While it’s absolutely understood you’ve been taking care of your skin throughout the year and that you’ll continue doing so during summer, we wanted to give you a few insights and tips on some fresh ways to upgrade your summer beauty routine for the healthiest bronze results. Who wants to get stuck with the already chewed-out advice like “use sunscreen”, right? Of course you’ll be using sunscreen, duh!
With the natural wave getting pretty out there, we have brainstormed through some of the best natural ways to get our skin protected yet give it the proper summer boost it craves for.
Here’s what we’ve got for you.
Keep your pout moisturizedThe sun’s rays are drying on the delicate lip tissue which may cause very uncomfortable burns. Plus, no one likes the sight of a chipped lip, right? Another thing us ladies don’t like about it is how much the chipped areas tend to hurt (not to mention the difficulties of applying lipstick evenly)! To avoid the lip drama, make sure you use a richly textured lip balm with an SPF 15 (at least) and whenever outdoors – reapply regularly. Make it a habit, especially when you are at the beach, tanning.
Cool your face and body offWhen you’re going for long walks during the day, you’ll catch the midnight sun which may leave you with burns and brown freckles. We know you’ll be using sunscreen for protection but what you should also start using is a potion in your own making – make ice tea with chamomile or any other tea you like, freeze it (no sugar or anything) and then bring it out with you when you’re going for a walk. Spray it on your face and chest (and other uncovered areas) from time to time, to keep the skin moist. You can also spritz it on the scalp if you aren’t wearing a hat. If you don’t want to make your own, buy an already finished product like The African Red Tea Face Mist – we know Charlize Theron and Renee Zellweger love it.
Use just natural productsNormally, we’d tell you to avoid all sorts of makeup or beauty products during the summer and let the skin breathe; however, we very well know you’ll have events and clubbing and what-nots, so you’ll want to look nourished and pretty. Thankfully, we’ve got brands that create products with all natural ingredients that aren’t damaging for the skin at all. We love Thalgo cosmetics which is inspired by thalassotherapy, spa treatments that use real seawater and seaweed to effectively treat a range of conditions from skin problems, and plus – it feels so amazingly light when applied. So, if you already have to use cosmetics, use the right one!
Enjoy your red wineAre you wondering what’s red wine got to do with beauty routines? Well, it appears – a lot! At least the summer ones… While you might first reach for a glass of white to refresh you, it’s established that the resveratrol, a naturally occurring phenol found in the skin of red grapes, can actually aid in treating acute sunburns due to having an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Well, if that’s not a good reason to reach for another bottle, we don’t know what is…
Melon your summer upCantaloupe and watermelon should be your melons of choice if you want to have a healthy, glowing skin. Both fruits are rich in antioxidants and deliver a unique hydration to the skin. Celebrities Katy Perry, Jessica Alba and Katherine Heigl love their summer melon facials during hot summer days, so – if you feel like going down that path, why not! You certainly can’t go wrong, right?
As for the rest – large brim hats, sunscreen, avoiding the sun at noon, staying in the shade of palm trees, showering after every sea-dip… ah, you know the drill.
Zara Lewis is a designer and a regular contributor to highstylife.com, devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking.