Fresh flowers, the warm breeze, and a side of hay fever means only one thing - spring is here and summer is just around the corner.
When the sun is out, so are we. Long days at the beach, lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand, and barbecues with friends are all on the agenda this summer.
All this time spent under the sun can cause damage to our skin. But don’t stress, because we’re revealing our top 6 tips (and product recommendations) for maintaining a summer glow even Miranda Kerr would envy.
We know you know, but we have to mention it. SPF is a non-negotiable. We don’t want sunburnt skin, or the wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, skin cancer and premature aging that comes along with it. Invest in an SPF that has a broad UV spectrum (at least SPF 30) and don't forget to reapply!
Our pick is Noosa Naked's Holiday Skin. A lightweight tanning oil with SPF 15+, this natural formula will maximise your summer glow while providing your skin with deep hydration and sun protection. What makes us love it more? The cucumber scent will also have you smelling like a crisp Gin & Tonic!
Change up your Facewash and Moisturiser
If you’ve experienced an Australian summer before, you know they can be brutal. The heat and humidity may leave your skin sweaty and oily. Washing your face becomes more important, and it’s essential you keep moisturising (trust us, you need it even if you don’t think you do). Now is the perfect time to switch out those heavier, winter products for more lightweight options.
For cleansers, think a gentle, foaming option. The Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a mild, naturally-foaming formula that still provides a deep cleanse without stripping the skin barrier of its natural oils. Effective at removing impurities, this cult-favourite, lightweight cleanser was made for summer skin.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
For moisturiser, choose a non-greasy formula to help lock in essential moisture. Our favourite is the Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion. Oil-free and gel-based, this moisturiser provides lightweight hydration and best of all, works for all skin types!
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion
It’s good for your skin all year round, but serums and creams with antioxidants are so, so important in the summer. They’ll reduce inflammation, lighten hyperpigmentation, repair sun damage, prevent wrinkles and boost collagen production – all the properties you need for a radiant glow!
Our pick is the Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Oil. Infused with turmeric, red raspberry and cranberry, this lightweight facial oil delivers essential nutrient-rich extracts to your skin, leaving you with a brighter, youthful complexion. Just don't forget to apply SPF after!
Don’t forget to exfoliate
You may notice that hot weather and sweat makes your skin more prone to oil, clogged pores, and breakouts. The key to the healthy glow we all long for is regular exfoliation. But buffing away the dead cells on the top layer of our skin needs to be done with care, especially in the warmer months. Worried you might be over-exfoliating or using chemical exfoliants that aren’t good for your skin? We have the perfect product for you!
Using just water, Louvelle’s Glow Glove is chemical-free, minimal fuss and eco-friendly. Jump in the shower with it just once a week, and you’ll be left with silky smooth, glowing skin in no time at all.
Louvelle Glow Glove
There's nothing like faux tan!
The (not so well kept) secret to the perfect bronzed glow? A layer (or a few) of self tanner. The days of lying under the sun and causing irreparable damage to the skin are gone. With so many options on the market that provide almost instantaneous results, there's no reason why you can't walk around with a glow others will envy.
Easy to apply, made with natural and organic ingredients, we cannot live with la beach's Power Couple Tan Bundle. This combination works together to ensure you are perfectly radiant all over, all year round. The brand is inspired by the South of France and while we can't get there at the moment we can get the glow in a bottle!
la beach Power Couple Tan Bundle
Drink more water and eat more fruits and vegetables
At the end of the day, if your body isn't hydrated and well-nourished on the inside, it won’t be able to radiate and glow on the outside. The summer heat is super dehydrating to your body. So get started on that 2L water bottle (and maybe even refill it if you can) and loading up on fruits and vegetables!
Summer glow – unlocked. Let us know if there’s something that’s part of your summer skin routine that you can’t live without!