Now the sun is shining, you might find the needs of your hair and skin are changing too. Out with the heavier, winter consistencies, and in with lighter moisturisers, sheer finishes, and glowy formulas. If you’d rather avoid buying a whole new beauty cabinet of products, read our tips below for some homemade inspiration.
It’s important to keep your skin soothed and hydrated during the summer months, particularly when the sunshine can dry out your skin. Oil cleansing is a brilliant way to remove makeup and impurities while restoring moisture with the addition of rich fatty-acid based oils.
For this method, you’ll need a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, or grapeseed. Using circular motions, massage the oil into skin, taking care to be gentle around the eye area. Soak a microfibre cloth in hot water, and apply the steamy cloth to your skin for 30 seconds. Gently wipe away the oil, and repeat rinsing and applying the cloth until all residue is removed.
Here’s a super simple tip for glowy summer skin. If you love wearing makeup, but don’t need the full coverage of your usual foundation, there’s no need to fork out for a lighter formula. Simply add a drop or two of your preferred carrier oil to create a more sheer effect.
Rejuvenating face mist
Facing a makeup meltdown midway through the day? Create a cooling face mist by combining a floral water with a few drops of peppermint oil. For toning, try rose water, and for refreshing, pick orange blossom. Spray on throughout the day to keep skin looking bright.
You can make a hair serum with any of your preferred carrier oils. Some of our favourites are coconut - for shine and smoothing, avocado - for moisture and softness, and castor - for adding thickness and texture. Massage from root to tip, and rinse off in the morning for best results.
For a gentle but effective burn gel, start with an aloe vera base. Naturally cooling and soothing, aloe helps to rehydrate scaly, sun-damaged skin. For an extra boost, add a few drops of peppermint oil to cool skin, or for a calming formula try lavender oil instead.
Caster sugar works best for this one, but you can also add granulated salt for a rougher texture. Combine equal parts sugar/salt with a carrier oil of your choice. You can even mix in an essential oil or two for fragrance. Scrub away rough skin in the shower, or for a deeper exfoliation, apply to dry skin and rinse off afterwards.
Want that summery glow all over? Take your favourite liquid highlighter - powder pigment would also work - and add a little to some sweet almond oil. Apply all over for a nourishing, hydrating radiance that soothes while it illuminates.
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