Thursday, 27 October 2016 22:55

5 Ways to Prepare Your Skin For Summer

While it’s not officially summer yet, you’re probably already planning a sunny vacation, eyeing that dream swimsuit and fantasising about sea, sand and sangria. Your mind is totally ready for a change in weather - but is your skin?

In your eagerness to embrace all that summer has to offer, you might be inclined to rush into one big exfoliating, hair removing, moisturising frenzy!

But hold up - that’s not exactly the best course of action.

It’s important to respect the skin and ease it into the new season, so we’ve compiled a few tips to prepare your skin for its best summer yet.

 

De-Fuzz

After months of hibernation, you might be looking to de-fuzz your pins before exposing them to the newfound sunshine.

Regardless of which method of hair removal you favour, proper aftercare is essential. When hair is removed and follicles are exposed, they’re extra vulnerable to irritation and sensitive to heat and friction. What this means is that frolicking on sand and getting too much sun immediately after shaving or waxing is a no-no.

It’s best to avoid sun or excessive heat for 24-48 hours after hair removal, particularly if it’s been a long time since your last hair removal session!

Exfoliate

No matter the season, exfoliation is an important part of a healthy skin routine - but in preparation for summer, you’ll want to make sure your skin is as glowing as possible.

After months spent covered in cosy layers and huddling by the heater, it’s time to give your skin a fresh start. There are countless DIY scrubs you can make from all natural ingredients, which are the gentler alternative to harsh ingredients found in many exfoliants on the market. Start from your feet and work your way up in gentle circular motions, buffing away dead skin as you go.

You can even exfoliate your lips to leave them fresh and soft for the summer months too! Our go-to method for pampering our pout is to apply a lip scrub made from our Natural Paw Paw Ointment mixed in with brown sugar, buff the lips, and wipe the scrub off. Too easy!

Moisturise

Summer heat might be what you’ve been dreaming of these last few months, but as with anything, it has its drawbacks. Intense heat causes moisture to be released from the skin at a high rate in order to cool the body, and this moisture loss is even more extreme if you’re active in outdoor sports. Beyond this, we tend to shower and wash our faces a lot more in the summer, which can strip the skin of its natural oils.

For this reason, it’s important to keep the skin moisturised. Moisturising is a crucial part in restoring hydration to the skin after exfoliating and hair removal in the lead up to summer, and also for maintaining soft and healthy skin throughout the season. For a formula that is whisper-light yet intensely hydrating, give our Paw Paw 95% Pure Moisturiser a go.

After-Sun

It’s never a good idea to intentionally expose oneself to the sun for prolonged periods of time. By now, we hope it goes without saying that applying sunscreen before exposure to sun, and reapplying often, is of the utmost importance.

Some of us are less prone to sunburn than others, but we should all incorporate after-sun care into our skincare routine. We recommend applying Aloe Vera to skin that has been exposed to the elements, especially if you’re showing signs of sunburn. Our Natralus 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel provides an instant cooling effect, soothing damaged or irritated skin and reducing peeling through its hydrating properties.

Hydrate

Higher temperatures don’t just bring an increased risk of sunburn and external skin dehydration. Hotter weather and more time spent outdoors also calls for an increase in internal hydration. Drinking water is the ultimate beauty tip - you can follow all the skincare advice in the world, but without adequate hydration your skin will suffer.

So, drink up & and slip, slop, slap!

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