The rhythmic pattern of the seasons alters what we eat, our energy levels, our mood and how we look, feel and dress. During Summer time sebum production increases, our skin becomes more prone to congestion and blackheads, pollution increases and we are more exposed to the sun and spend much more time outdoors. All of which has a profound impact on our skin and how it behaves.
Our tips for keeping your skin healthy, glowing and radiant throughout summer:
Tip 1 | Change to a foaming cleanser.
An increase in sebum production during summer means we are more prone to congestion and recommend using Elemental Herbology’s Cool and Clear Facial Cleanser throughout the summer months. Free of SLS, this gentle foaming cleanser combines Apple Serum with Green Tea, Aloe, Water Lilly, Tea Tree, Lavender Flower, Chamomile and Algae to gently cleanse, cool and soothe the skin without stripping away essential nutrients.
Tip 2 | Change your facial moisturiser.
During summertime you don’t require a rich and heavy moisturiser to reinforce the barrier function as you want to encourage the skin to breathe and stimulate its natural detoxification processes, not hinder them by clogging your pores with a heavy day cream.
Change to Moisture Milk Facial Hydrator if your skin is prone to congestion and break-outs or Perfect Balance if you require hydration but would like to use a lighter day cream than what you use throughout winter.
Tip 3 | Don’t use a night cream.
Swap a night cream for a serum. At night, feed the skin with Cell Nourish. Formulated to help reverse the effects of sun exposure by infusing the skin with a mega dose of proteins, vitamins and anti-oxidants, this serum is literally food for the skin. Containing Vitamin A, C and E, Green Tea, Co-Enzyme Q10, Kombuchka, Olive Squalane, Pomegranate, Soya Lecithin and Aloe Vera it will help reduce the prevalence of dark spots, boost moisture levels, protect against free-radicals and stimulate collagen synthesis and repair. While its ultra-light texture allows the skin to breathe and won’t congest the pores. Apply every evening after cleansing
Tip 4 | SPF free sun exposure in small doses can be a good thing.
Do apply SPF if you plan on prolonged and direct sun exposure but if you are going to be outside for a short time, for a gentle stroll or sitting the park under a tree, leave your skin free of SPF so you can soak up a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Unfortunately we are becoming so sun phobic that our levels of Vitamin D are extremely low.
Tip 5 | Do a weekly purifying home facial.
Dead skin, congests the pores and results in dull, flaky, pre-maturely aged skin. To help keep your skin fresh, dewy once per week shed dead surface cells to remove dry skin and stimulate new cell metabolism. Facial Glow by Elemental Herbology combines Apple Serum, Vitamin C, Kombuchka, Pearl Powder, Manuka Honey, Pomegranate, Argan, Macadamia and Olive Oil, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, Water Lilly and Vitamin A, C and E to improve the skin’s texture and tone as well as unblocking and cleansing pores to create a healthy and glowing complexion.
Help harmonise sebum production and keep your pores clear and refined with Elemental Herbology’s Facial Detox Mask. Combining mineral rich Amazonian Clay, Oat Flour, Kombuchka, Fig, Manuka Honey, Calendula, Aloe Vera, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Cedarwood it deeply purifies congested skin, while balancing sebum production and soothing and calm inflamed skin. Use once or twice per week all over or just on local congestion.
Tip 6 | After over exposure to the sun apply an Intensive Hydration Mask.
Excessive sun exposure results in ‘dermal dehydration’, which if left untreated is a major precursor for pre-mature ageing. It is therefore essential that you combat moisture loss and with the application of an intensive hydration mask. Elemental Herbology’s Biodynamic Facial Soufflé rich in Wheat Protein, Rice Bran, Hematite, Black Oat, Soya Lecithin, Marine Collagen, Macadamia, Jojoba and Argan Oil, Calendula, Aloe and Rose Damask promotes pro-collagen synthesis and repair while intensively hydrating all layers of the epidermis. A perfect remedy for dry, over-exposed skin!
Tip 7 | Sip Chrysanthemum or Mint tea.
Sip cooling and clearing Chrysanthemum Tea (served cold and sweet) or Mint Tea throughout the day and always keep your body hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Tip 8 | Keep your skin cool and hydrated.
Help cool and soothe the skin after sun exposure with our Watermelon and Cucumber Body Moisturiser. Kalahari Watermelon Seed Oil, Argan, Aloe and Cucumber combine to cool, soothe and nourish over exposed skin helping to reduce redness and inflammation.
Tip 9 | Feast on cooling food.
In summer, indigestion can easily occur, so a light and less-greasy diet is highly recommended. It is the perfect season to introduce cooling, yin foods. Food with cool properties can clear heat, reduce toxins, and generate body fluids.
In general, cooling foods tend towards the green end of the spectrum – lettuce, cucumbers, and watercress are some of the coolest. Few vegetables are warming. Fish and seafood are also cooling, while most meats and hot spicy food are warming and should be avoided or only eaten occasionally. If you listen to your body it instinctively tells you what you need and crave. Hence why we eat much more salad and fish in summertime then we do in winter when a hearty beef stew is more preferable.
Foods to include – Mint, Cucumber, Salmon or any oily fish, Tofu, Seaweed, Mung Beans, Aloe Vera. Watermelon, Lemon, Peach, Dill, Cilantro, Green Sugar Snap Peas and Spinach.
Tip 10 | Dry skin brush daily.
There are both short term and cumulative benefits to skin brushing, it improves circulation thereby encouraging the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin keeping it firm, fresh and youthful. It is also regenerative, toning and stimulates skin metabolism with reflex effects on internal organs by encouraging the circulation of lymph fluid through the lymphatic system which is perfect for summertime when you want to keep your skin looking firm and your skin soft and exfoliated.