Heliotrope San Francisco

So many songs have been written in honor of summertime. The Beach Boys entire catalog is an ode to the endless summers of Southern California. Musicals and movies show summer as a carefree time, filled with sun and beach get-aways, camping and picnics. Memorial Day weekend in the States signals the start of summer. Warmer weather and sunshine are officially here in the Northern Hemisphere. Take care of your skin with natural skincare to ensure that your skin sings along with the great weather.

Circle of fire on a black background

Even in the shade and in cloudy conditions, our skin is exposed to harmful UV rays. The rays bounce off of surfaces like sand, concrete and water and onto our skin. Choose a sunscreen and re-apply it often especially when you’re in water or are sweating. I’m very pale and I will freckle and burn before I tan and even I forget to reapply sunscreen, or to put it on those odd places like the back of my upper arms.

Sun damage causes painful sunburns and can also cause problems such as cancer. The best strategy is prevention, so buy sunscreen and apply it no matter what the weather is like and in every season. Be sure to choose a Sun Screen that protects from UVA and UVB rays.

Interior of sauna

When temperatures are high, it doesn’t take much to break into a sweat. Sweat and hot weather can block pores and create conditions ideal for breakout causing bacteria to develop. Blot the sweat from your skin rather than wiping it off. Blotting removes the sweat and bacteria it may encourage. Use one of our gentle and effective facial and body cleansers to remove any traces of sweat and refresh your skin. Carry a cooling toner with anti-bacterial ingredients such as our Rosemary & Bergamot Astringent Toner with you to spritz on before reapplying sunscreen.

We’ve talked before about the power duo of exfoliation and moisturize. Not only does it help your skin prepare for summer weather, it can help maintain the glow of healthy skin all through the season, and in every season.

Tree bark - abstract dry skin

The heat of the sun, chlorine in swimming pools, salt water, air-conditioning - all dry skin. This is where a gentle exfoliant followed by an enriching moisturizing can come into play. Using an exfoliant such as our Organic Agave & Shea Butter Scrub will remove the dry skin while moisturizing and replenishing the skin cells. After your shower, moisturize soon after drying off to lock the moisture into your skin. If you’ve been in the sun, Aloe can help heal sun damage and cool off the skin. Our Aloe, Shea Butter & Jojoba Body Cream is a perfect choice to bring moisture back to your skin cells. For a cooling treat, put a small amount of the moisturizer in the fridge while you shower.

Experiment with bathing in cooler water. This can help your system to cool down after a long day in the sun.

Water flowing down a water slide

Sun exposure can damage your skin and set off a harmful chain reaction within the cells. To combat this, choose treatments for your face and body rich in antioxidant ingredients. Vitamins A, C and E, along with grapeseed oil, and lemon are a few of the antioxidant ingredients in our Aloe, Shea Butter & Jojoba Body Cream.

The whipped body cream absorbs quickly but if you'd like a fast absorbing liquid lotion, try our Organic Aloe, Olive & Avocado Lotion. The aloe will help cool down any inflammation, while the olive and avocado oils replenish the cells of the skin. It also contains grapeseed, vitamin C & E to help heal the skin of any sun damage.

Your face will also love antioxidants. Grapeseed extract pairs with pomegranate to bring the healing benefits of antioxidants to your face, in the Shea Butter & Pomegranate Face Cream.

Driving along the coast

The antioxidant power of pomegranate combines with rosehip extract and other botanicals in our Frankincense and Rose Geranium Oil Serum goes on lightly to soothe irritation and relieve dryness. The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help to balance the oils in the skin.

It can't be said enough, hydration is an inside job. The body loses more water during warm weather, so if you are out in the sun or the temperature is high drink a few extra glasses of water.

 

Written by Jen Bator — May 29, 2017

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