Five summer beauty essentials for skin that glows

It’s not only our wardrobes that need a revamp when the seasons change: our skincare routine requires a makeover, too. Summer is all about letting your natural beauty shine, but it’s also a time when our skin can take a beating from the harmful effects of the sun, exposure to salt and chlorine, and those extra indulgences of the festive season. Plus, as your wallet can take a hit over the holidays, it’s more important than ever to seek out affordable skincare for the whole family. To refresh your skincare for summer, discover five beauty essentials for skin that glows.

Stay hydrated

Whether you’re a beach babe or an air-con junkie, as the temperature soars it’s paramount that you stay hydrated. Hydrate from the inside out by drinking at least two litres of water a day, cutting back on caffeine, and increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. To keep your skin hydrated, use a daily facial moisturiser that’s packed with organic and natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, macadamia, calendula, lavender, Kakadu plum and vitamin E. If your skin tends to get oily during summer, reach for a balancing matte moisturiser that’s designed to rebalance your skin and prevent clogged pores. For an added boost of hydration, a hydrating mist toner is a summer beauty essential – the refreshing blend of witch hazel, rose water, sweet orange and green tea will soothe and tone your skin, reducing breakouts and blemishes.

Detox inside and out

With the party season in full swing, the effects of alcohol and all those canapes can begin to show on our face. Dark and puffy eyes, lacklustre skin, and breakouts are all symptoms of a body that’s being pushed to its limits. To help ease the excess of the silly season, consider giving yourself a few ‘clean’ days each week by cutting out alcohol, sugar, caffeine and dairy. While you’re removing things from your diet, now’s the perfect time to introduce a few extra steps to your summer skincare routine. Along with using a nourishing, antioxidant-rich daily cleanser, treat yourself to an exfoliating scrub followed by a purifying face mask twice a week. By Friday, you’ll be ready to put your best face forward.

Protect your biggest asset

Your body’s largest organ – your skin – is at its most vulnerable during summer. Protect yourself from sun damage and premature ageing by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses whenever you step outside. For an added layer of protection, look for a tinted moisturiser that contains sunscreen.

Lighten up

Not only will a good-quality tinted moisturiser provide you with the protection of sunscreen, it will also let your natural beauty shine through. Now’s not the time for thick layers of foundation and concealer. Instead, celebrate your healthy summer glow with the sheer coverage of a tinted moisturiser enriched with hydrating natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, macadamia, evening primrose and vitamin E, without the chemicals found in many BB and CC creams. 

Keep it simple

The sun’s shining and the beach is calling: the last thing you want is to be a slave to your summer skincare routine. For a fast and affordable skincare regime the whole family can follow, try our three-step process for glowing skin this summer.

For more on family-friendly skincare, shop the Blessed By Nature range or read seven ways to kick start a natural skincare regime for your teen