With the summer right around the corner, it’s time to get you and your body ready. The way you care for yourself in the summer and winter are very different. In the summer we tend to get hot and sweaty so we have to work on balancing that moisture whereas in the winter we lack the moisture and we need to work on hydrating ourselves properly. I have put together here the best beauty tips for the summer that you need to know, these can change how you feel and look this summer!
1. Wear SPF Every Day
I have put SPF the first because I think we don’t realise how important it is. Even if you think it’s not sunny or not so hot you must wear sun cream. The suns rays can do so much damage to you from burning your skin and discolouration to premature skin ageing and G-d forbid skin cancer.
The easiest way to wear SPF is to use to combine it with your everyday makeup. If you wear moisturiser or foundation every day then buy your products with SPF. That way, you’re not adding more steps to your morning routine but you still get the coverage you need.
If you are going to be out in the sun, I recommend wearing suncream over SPF30 because you will need stronger protection.
2. Start your Day with Moisturizing
Start your day the right way with prepping your skin properly. Moisturizing daily helps to keep your skin soft and protected the whole day. It’s the base of all makeup.
Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturise in the summer. This is because all skin gets easily dehydrated in the summer months due to exposure from the sun. This reduces the water in your skin, causing dehydration. By moisturising regularly you are preventing this from happening.
3. Exfoliating is a Must
Exfoliating is always important but even more so in the summer. It is the process of removing dead skin cells from the tops layer of your skin. This allows your skin to breath and to stay healthy. During the summer months when we spend more time outside our skin gets sun exposure as well as dirt. By exfoliating we are removing the dirt and any dead skin, this allows our skin to replenish itself and stay strong.
4. Take extra Vitamin C
Most of us know how vitamin C helps us when we’re feeling unwell in the winter months. But many people are unaware of how powerful vitamin C can be in the summer too. Vitamin C is packed with antioxidants which protect your skin from the sun. If you get sunburnt or you are prone to mosquito bites, vitamin C will help you recover quickly. Don’t skip your fruit!
5. Finish your Makeup with a Setting Spray
Setting sprays have a magical feature, they make your makeup stay in place. It’s really that simple, using a setting spray will help you makeup not budge the whole day. This is very important in the summer because we tend to sweat in the heat and this can cause your makeup to shift a little. With a setting spray the chances of makeup moving is much less.
6. Use a Lip Balm with SPF
When it comes to skiing, using a lip balm with SPF is the obvious choice. It should also be obvious in the summer. Protecting your lips from the sun is a must whether you’re on the slopes or at the beach. When you don’t protect your lips, you are risking them getting burned and drying out. If you want soft supple lips in the summer, using a lip balm with SPF is the way to go.
7. Use an Eye Primer
One of my biggest pet peeves is when my eyelids get greasy and my eyeshadow creases. In the summer this is much more likely to happen because we sweat much more. This used to happen to me the whole time until I struck gold. Using an eyeshadow primer puts a barrier between your eyeshadow and eyes and this prevents your eyeshadow from creasing. I have tried many brands and I always come back to the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer– it never fails me.
8. Swap your Foundation for a Tinted Moisturiser
Wearing foundation in the summer can feel heavy and often looks heavy too. When you sweat the foundation becomes cakey and shiny. And besides who wants to walk around in the summer with extra layers on their face? With a tinted moisturiser, you still get the coverup and colour that you want without the bad side effects that foundation can cause in the summer. It’s a win-win.
9. Avoid Luminous Products
The summer is the time of year when you should stay away from adding to much glow to your skin. Our skin has extra oil in the summer and when you add glow to that, the results aren’t always pretty. Use powder products like foundation and eyeshadow to really lock that moisture in.
10. Use a Self-Tanner
Over the last few years, we have learnt first hand how dangerous the suns rays and sun beds are. So ditch your sun bed and instead of tanning in the sun reach for a self-tanner. These are a lot healthier and have gotten a whole lot better in the last couple of years.
There are so many advantages to using a self-tanner, you can choose the colour you want and you can get even coverage without calculating how long to lie on each side in the sun. When you tan in the sun, your skin dries out, a self-tanner does not cause that. The best of it all is that you can actually sit back relax and enjoy your summer because you know you already look sun-kissed without any help from the sun! My favourite self-tanners are the Tan Luxe self-tanning drops- read my full review here.
I hope these best beauty tips for the summer that you need to know will help you have a truly relaxing and fun summer. What is your favourite one and why? Do you have any others that have made a huge difference to your life? Let me know in the comments below and we can chat!