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Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Changing your skincare during the summer is just as important as adjusting your makeup, especially if you suffer from oily skin which is a nightmare to control during the warmer months of the year. If you didn’t catch the first part of our makeup overhaul for summer, definitely check it out before embarking on our skincare routine.

Below are just a few of our suggestions to keep your skin looking it’s best during the summer time.

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Moisturiser

Keep skin looking hydrated by choosing a daily moisturiser with added SPF. Don’t go crazy and choose something that contains over 50+ since the odds are, that it doesn’t actually give you more protection. Anything between 15-30+ will be enough to last under your makeup, and you can always touch-up throughout the day (especially if you’re outside at the pools or at the beach).

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser, $23.99

Lip balms

Don’t forget about protecting your lips from sun damage! This is especially important since lips show some of the first signs of damage by harmful UV rays. Keep a compact lip balm in your makeup bag, and touch-up as many times as you like!

If you’re already suffering from burnt or chapped lips, choose a product which is packed with aloe vera – this will fix your lips in no-time.

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, $6.95

Toner

You may find that the texture of your skin all changes when the weather takes a turn (for better and for worse). One of the easiest ways to start with a solid skincare routine is by using a neutralising toner – you want something to regulate your skin without overly drying it out. Apply a few drops onto a cotton pad, then dab onto freshly cleansed skin. Focus on problem areas such as the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $33

Serum

Even though the weather might make your skin feel heavy and oily, that’s still no reason to avoid using a serum on your skin. Serums work in a variety of different ways to cure many different skin problems – they even out dry patches, hydrate the skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, decrease dark circles, and also make skin feel soft and youthful.

You can apply a serum in the morning, under your makeup, and even at night before going to bed. Apply just 2-3 drops into your hands and pat softly onto the forehead, cheeks, nose, and over the chin. Wait for it to settle completely before layering with other skincare products.

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Tarte Maracuja Oil, $46

Exfoliator

What better way to effectively remove all the gunk and dead skin cells from your face? Use a powdered exfoliator which is gentle for even sensitive skin types, and doesn’t leave your face looking red and itchy afterwards.

The best time to exfoliate is before going to bed, so lather up and don’t forget to work the product into your neck. Follow-up with a nourishing night moisturiser which will put back all the moisturise that your skin has just lost.

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Indeed Laboratories Facial Powdered Exfoliator, $27.99

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10 At-Home Skincare Treatments

For many of us, a bad skin day can lay an almighty blow to our self-confidence. Over a lifetime, a woman will spend thousands of dollars on overly expensive skincare products to prevent a range of skin disorders, from ageing to acne. Many of these products are full of chemicals that have the potential to do more harm than good to sensitive skin. What you may not know is that you can find potent skincare solutions in your own home. Save a little money by introducing these products into your skincare regime.

Water
Hydration is vital to healthy skin, and more generally, a healthy body. Most professionals recommend drinking at least eight glasses per day.

Green tea
Green tea is an antioxidant and will help flush the bad toxins from your skin. It is high in polyphenols and can help fight the aging process. Aim for a minimum three cups per day.

Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a hardy plant that is easy to grow in your own home! It is rich in vitamin E, and is said to have healing properties for all types of skin conditions. Just look at these 7 Benefits of Aloe Vera For Skincare.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is great for sensitive skin and can even be used for babies. For an full body treatment, put some oatmeal into a nylon sock or cut-off pantyhose, and put in your bath. Soak yourself and emerge with silky, smooth skin.

Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is used for cleaning and healing all types of wounds and skin impurities. It’s miraculous antisceptic agents also mean that it is often included in cleaning products. Concentrated tea tree oil is very strong, but dab just a bit on your problem spots and watch them dry out.

Lemon
Lemon juice is great for balancing uneven skin tone. It can be added to almost any DIY facemask or exfoliating scrub.

Sugar
While processed sugars can be detrimental to the skin when consumed, cane sugar can be applied directly to the face for fresh-looking skin. Combine with lemon juice and olive oil to make a moisturizing, exfoliation scrub for your legs. 

Salt
If you’ve ever taken a dip in the ocean, you’ll know that afterward your skin feels amazing! Salt is antibacterial and can also help dry-out oily skin. Recreate that beachy look with a lemon and salt face scrub.

Avocado
Avocado is rich in vitamin E and when applied directly, is great for skin hydration. Try this DIY honey and avocado facemask.

Salmon
Oily fish types are high in omega 3and good fats – which are great for your skin! Salmon is great for skin elasticity and fighting ageing. See this full list of anti-aging foods.

How To Apply Lip Stain

Looking for a quick and easy way to make your lips pop without using lipstick? Lip stains are a great way to draw attention to the lips, by using fun colours and finishes which are sure to spice up your usual makeup look. They are also extremely easy to apply and aren’t very daring if you’re worried about being too bold with your daily makeup.

Lip stains generally work in two different ways. Firstly, you could use a lip stain to enhance the natural colour of lips without using too much product. But they can also be used as a base to create a long-lasting makeup look when paired with gloss, which generally doesn’t require much re-application throughout the day or night.

Directions

  1. Before even applying a stain, make sure lips are smooth by exfoliating them. There are many lip-exfoliators out there on the market which work well to remove excess skin from the lips. Another inexpensive way is to take a dry toothbrush and rub it in circular motions over the top and bottom lip. This will lightly exfoliate the area and make it easier to apply a lip stain which will last even longer.
  2. Using your fingers, simply apply the product softly onto the lips, then pat into the skin. This will allow the product to stay on for longer, and especially moisturise and replenish dry or cracked lips.
  3. If you’re going for a more glamourous look, you can now apply a thin layer of gloss over the top and bottom lips to accentuate the area. Make sure to also highlight the Cupid ’s bow to complete the look, and draw attention to this area of the face.

Lip stains are fairly easy to apply, since they don’t require a particular technique to achieve a stunning look. Simply choose a colour which matches the rest of your makeup, and compliments your skin tone.

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Tips

  • Lipsticks can also work well as lip stains if you really like a particular colour and can’t find it in another form. Simply dab the colour onto the centre of your lips, then blend it out with a lip brush. This will make the colour look fresh and clean on your face.
  • Never apply a lip gloss before the lip stain. This will most likely ruin the entire makeup look, and won’t blend in with your lips very well. Always apply the lip stain first, since this will settle into your lips, then the lip gloss which locks it into place.
  • For beginners, use a lip stain which is close to your natural lip colour. Since lip stains aren’t easy to remove, it is best to start off with nude or pinkish hues since they are safe to work with and won’t necessarily stain the lips unlike other bright or darker colours.
  • Try and avoid using a lip stain on cracked lips. This will only cause more pain and could lead to tearing and make the entire area sore. Take care of your lips by regularly using a lip cream with a high SPF.

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