Summer-skincare

5 Summer Sunscreens For Face and Body

Planning to spend some time in the sun this summer? Make sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen on both your face and body to protect the skin you’re in. Try these sunscreens which are ideal for both face and body (which aren’t too greasy) to avoid a nasty sun burn.

RELATED: How To Wear Pastel Makeup For Summer

Invisible Zinc Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 30, $31.95

A light, everyday sunscreen which doesn’t leave a thick caste on the skin. Gentle enough to use on both the face and body, packed with moisturisers to keep skin hydrated throughout the summer sun.

5 Sunscreens For Face and Body

Eco Tan Natural Sunscreen, $29.95

Sick of the white colour of sunscreen, especially in holiday pictures? Try this revolutionary sunscreen which is tinted to adapt to your skin tone. Works also as a tinted moisturiser and can be worn in the beach or pool without washing off.

5 Sunscreens For Face and Body

La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Fluid Extreme SPF 30, $30.95

If you want to save and use a 2-in-1 sunscreen, then Uvidea should be your must-have purchase. The hydrating formula doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or patchy, and applies evenly thanks to its super-light texture.

5 Sunscreens For Face and Body

True Solutions All Day Moisture SPF 30, $60

True Solutions have perfected the face and body sunscreen which is light, creamy and protects skin from the suns harmful rays. Pack in your beach bag and re-apply as required.

5 Sunscreens For Face and Body

ModelCo Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 50 & Lip Balm, $24.95

If ultimate protection is what you’re after, ModelCo have an SPF 50 sunscreen which is ideal for both face and body. The tube comes with a scented lip balm to protect your lips from the sun.

5 Sunscreens For Face and Body

Image via Vogue Paris

Best Natural Products For Summer Burns

There’s really nothing good about a sunburn – skin is red, extremely irritable,and sticking to loose clothes isn’t always an option. To assist with the healing process, hydrate the skin with a few of our natural after-sun products. Just remember to apply a generous amount of sunscreen before heading out again!

RELATED: How To Use Multitasking Coconut Oil

Coconut oil

Who doesn’t love coconut oil? This miracle product actually soothes burns and reduces redness, all whilst keeping the skin hydrated. Apply a new layer every few hours to keep your skin from overheating.

Best Natural Products For Summer Burns

Apple cider vinegar

Trust us, it won’t hurt! Get into the shower and quickly rinse your burns with apple cider vinegar. It might feel a little weird at first, but the apple cider vinegar helps to remove dry patches and heal your skin from the outside. Follow up with a moisturiser before going to bed.

Best Natural Products For Summer Burns

Aloe rose water

Combine equal amounts of rose water and aloe vera into a small bowl. Apply directly onto your serious burns or have a quick rinse in the shower. Not only will it heal your burn, but it smells amazing!

Best Natural Products For Summer Burns

Green tea bags

Fill a bowl with 3-5 tea bags and pour boiling water up to the top. Let the tea bags steep, then wait until the water cools down to room temperature. Apply the mixture right onto your burns to cool-down after a hot day in the sun. You can also apply the tea bags directly to your skin if the burn is small (such as on your forehead or cheeks). Another way to use green tea is to fill up the bathtub and add a few tea bags, then simply sit back and soak!

Best Natural Products For Summer Burns

Grapeseed oil

Apply a tablespoon of grapeseed oil after a cold shower to lock-in moisture and keep your burn from peeling. Repeat this step every few hours to decrease pain and get a good night sleep!

Best Natural Products For Summer Burns

What are some of your remedies for sunburn?

Images via Kim Kardashian, Brit, LA Healthy Living, Brizzie Styles, Hub Pages, The Nerdy Farm Wife

5 Essential Summer Skincare Products

Whether you’re laying out by the pool or travelling through Europe this summer, it’s important to make your skincare count. Swap a few of those heavy-duty winter creams and serums in favour of SPF, exfoliators and dry oils, which will protect you skin and keep it hydrated at the same time.

RELATED: No Moisturiser Skincare Routine

Red Earth Sheer Canvas Moisturising BB Cream, $28

Who wants to be applying layer after layer of thick foundation only to sweat it all off? Choose a BB cream since it’s lightweight, provides enough coverage for your pimples and blackheads, but also features SPF to protect your skin from the sun.

5 Essential Summer Skincare Products

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.99

Give your face some instant hydration without even ruining your makeup. How? Thermal water is a fantastic way to keep your skin feeling hydrated without removing (then re-applying) your makeup throughout the day. Simply spritz it all over your face and neck, then pat dry with a tissue.

5 Essential Summer Skincare Products

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion, $12.95

If your skin is feeling dry and burnt after a day at the beach, make sure to use a fragrance-free moisturiser. It won’t cause your skin to breakout like others might and it will help to heal the burn before you know it!

5 Essential Summer Skincare Products

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50, $29.95

Protect your skin from the suns harmful rays by re-applying SPF every few hours. If you’re extra worried about burning your face, make sure to use a BB cream with added SPF to prevent that awful white caste from showing up on your face.

5 Essential Summer Skincare Products

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Masque, $50

To avoid peeling and dry patches, treat your skin to a hydrating face mask at least 1-2 times per week. You can apply the masque for 20 minutes then wash-off, or leave it on overnight for a truly intensive moisturising treatment.

5 Essential Summer Skincare Products

Image via RY

Essential Body Oils For Summer

Since we’re in the midst of the summer season, it’s more than important to keep skin hydrated, and sometimes using a moisturiser just isn’t enough.

Body oils are a great alternative because they soak into the skin, and soothe even nasty dry patches on the face and body. Shop from a few of our must-haves for the summer season, or simply use as a luxurious pampering treatment throughout the year.

RELATED: How To Use Multitasking Coconut Oil

Argan oil

Used for years as a supplement for hair, skin, and nails, argan oil is packed with Vitamin E for optimum strength and shine. Lather over your dry patches to quickly rejuvenate the skin while you sleep.

Coconut oil

While coconut oil may feel rather thick in texture, it is one of the best products you can put on your skin. The fatty acids contained inside help to replenish dry, cracked skin without feeling too greasy.

Grape seed oil

If you have acne-prone skin, grape seed oil is gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Unlike other oils, it won’t aggravate your acne, but instead is packed with linoleic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties and heals the skin.

Olive oil

Add a few teaspoons of olive oil into your hair and skincare mask to receive the rich benefits of antioxidants. It contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E which is ideal for women suffering from skin damage, and even extremely dehydrated skin.

Jojoba oil

If you suffer from an oily skin and scalp, jojoba oil is the perfect product to use since it is similar to sebum. Jojoba acts as a lightweight moisturiser which soaks quickly into the skin, and won’t give a sticky residue afterwards.

Almond oil

Give your body a good exfoliating session by lathering sweet almond oil over arms, legs, back and decolletage. It acts as a natural exfoliator by gently removing dead skin cells, and is ideal for those who already suffer from sensitive skin.

What are some of your favourite body oils?

Image via The Lifestyle Report

Enjoy Life’s Little Luxuries With Alpha-H

As busy working women and/or mums-on-the-go, it can be so easy to fall into bad habits like neglecting your self-care. This is why a beautiful, hand-made soy, scent candle, or a luxurious hand crème, for example, can make such a difference to your day. Both offer quick and easy relaxation and enjoyment.

RELATED: 20 Affordable Skincare Products Under $20

Enter Queensland-based unisex cosmeceutical brand Alpha-H, which has achieved both local and national success over the last 20 years by providing heavenly skincare and body products which also aim to offer long-term solutions for problem skin.

A family-run business, Alpha-H’s owner/director Michelle Doherty created the products out of a real need to change her own skin after suffering chronic cystic acne in her teenage years and throughout her 20s.

Disappointed by over-the-counter cosmetics and appalled by the disinterest and lack of empathy from medical professionals, Michelle was introduced to Alpha-H when the brand was in its infancy. Within days of using the range, she saw immediate and sustained visible improvements; not just in her skin, but in her confidence and self-esteem.

Now, Michelle travels the globe meeting men and women with their own skin concerns and problems, thus inspiring her to constantly develop new products which can help bring sustainable solutions to others.

skincare, Alpha-H, skincare solutions

Available in Australia at Lulu and Lipstick, via www.luluandlipstick.com.au, plus in a myriad of other countries, Alpha-H prides itself on its concentrated and balanced performance ingredients. Its range of glycolic-based skincare has everything from cleansers and exfoliants to vitamin serums and speciality solutions for all skin types.

I trialled Alpha-H’s Luxe Limited Edition Kit, $99, (pictured) over the summer holidays, and absolutely loved it. It added much joy and relaxation to my life.

The kit is a combination of Alpha-H’s most decadent products including my favourites: the ultra-luxurious Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Cream (pictured) and the sublime Scented Soy Candle in Delicate Fig and Cedarwood (pictured). The candle smells glorious and I still light it every night before bed for its soothing and calming properties. In addition, the lovely hand creme really calms my problem dermatitis.

skincare, Alpha-H, skincare solutions

The fab kit also contains a velvety Balancing Cleanser, indulgent Essential Hydration Cream, the brand’s award-winning Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ and a multi-tasking Instant Facial. The hand crème is also available for individual sale at $39.

Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.au and www.alpha-h.com.

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.

RELATED: Luxe or Less – Tinted Moisturisers

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

Image via Teal and Tala

Best Organic Beauty Products for Summer

With summer just about here, odds are we’ll all be showing a bit more skin. Synthetic nasties have been linked to all sorts of health issues from disrupting hormones to serious skin irritations. So rather than slathering ourselves in potentially toxic products, here are our favourite organic beauty products for skin, makeup and hair.

 

org5    

Eco Tan
I love a fake tan, but the last few years have slacked off using such products because although I adored the honey glow, the boyfriend objected to myself, the bathroom and most of the house smelling like a toxic pineapple, which was undeniably true. Enter: Eco Tan. I am obsessed. Eco Tan has Winter Skin, which is a gradual, build-up tanning moisturiser and a regular, rub-on Invisible Tan. I’m a fan of both. The colour is in no way tandoori-esque, but super natural and has no fake-tan smell. Winter Tan is great for a slow deepening of colour, which is great for everyday, whereas Invisible Tan (named so because it’s invisible going on) has you going golden in 24 hours, making it perfect for events. Both are certified organic, vegan and cruelty free, and on top of that are the best body mosturisers I’ve ever used. I was getting changed when I was genuinely staggered with how soft (let alone bronzed) my skin had become since using it. And there’s the added bonus of being super affordable.

org1

Kora Tinted Day Cream
I’ve been using Miranda Kerr’s Kora since it’s debut, it’s amazing. Now I’ve suffered from breakouts well into my twenties, but changing to organic skincare genuinely helped break that cycle. I now find using this tinted day cream, rather than a full foundation helps my skin stay healthy and keep spots at bay. The Kora Tined Day Cream contains sunscreen – which is great as I don’t have to put another product on my skin, and being organic, vegan and cruelty free is also a bonus. There are two main issues with this product, it only comes in one, very deep shade – which is an issue for those of a fairer tone, and the price is a bit steep. But if you’re using a tanning product, or have a naturally tanned complexion, I would definitely recommend it. It’s perfect for everyday, slap-on-and-go coverage, with the added bonus of nourishing and protecting your skin.

org4

RMS “Un” Cover-Up
Not being blessed with flawless skin, a bit of cover-up does me the world of good, and for the last year my absolute favourite has been RMS “Un” Cover-Up. It’s really lightweight and buildable, so it covers any imperfections while leaving my skin looking dewy and fabulous. I haven’t found a stockist, but buying online was super easy, and at only $36 a pop for something that lasts, it’s a winner. The product touts healing qualities through its use of high quality ingredients that are free from being refined, bleached, deodorised, or in anyway stripped of vital nutrients. The only downfall is it’s propensity to leave the skin somewhat shiny, but a dab of powder sorts that out no problem.

org3

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek
I think blush is the quickest way to breathe life into a complexion. Again, certified organic and cruelty free, I adore this low maintenance colour pop for my skin. With it’s creamy texture and dewy glow it creates a really lovely natural look that I love. Better yet, it’s two in one, a fabulous short cut. Having the same nourishing properties as the “Un” Cover-Up, it’s noncomedogenic, which is wonderful for sensitive skin like mine. I’ve found Lip2Cheek is ideal for creating that healthy ‘I’ve just sauntered off a beach’ glow, with a really minimal effort. Genius.

org2

Coconut oil hair treatment
Whether it’s skipping in and out of the sun or surf, summer can play havoc on our hair. Mine tends to go particularly dry and brittle. However, I’ve found this can be avoided (with the added luxury of gaining shiny, happy locks) by slathering through a tablespoon or so of cold pressed, organic coconut oil. Granted, it is not the most flattering look whilst you’re wearing it, because it does have the tendency of making you look like an oily-beast, but for something that is all natural and cheap as chips it’s certainly a good find. Massage through a few tablespoons and take the opportunity to give yourself and invigorating scalp rub. Leave in for an hour, or even overnight if you fancy wrapping your pillow in a protective towel, for deeply nourished hair. You may need to do a double shampoo to ensure there’s no greasy residue left on your roots, but it’s totally worth it.

What are your favourite natural beauty products for summer?

Kate H Jones is a lifestyle and pop culture writer at Clavicle Capitalism.

5 Summer Skin Care Secrets

Skin expert Stefan Mazy, director of SkinDNA knows all too well how Australia’s harsh elements can play a crucial role in speeding up the ageing process and working against your skin’s DNA. Read on for Stefan’s tips to help your skin fight back and stay fit through summer.

Hydrate: Hylaronic Acid

Hylaronic Acid is one of those ingredients that are essential for skin hydration. In fact this ingredient makes up a proportion of our skin. Hyaluronic acid in the skin is designed to hold between 500 and 1000 times its weight in water. Because of its hydrating properties, applying this regularly throughout the day will not only help hydrate your skin during summer but also helps replenish the loss of water within your skin.

I often see patients who can never seem to find the right moisturiser – most find moisturisers make their skin overly oily and this become even worse throughout summer.

The product: Hydr8 – it’s ultra lightweight and feels like silk on the skin. At first I recommend patients to carry a bottle in their bag and to apply when needed throughout the day. Eventually the bodies pH levels will balance out and all that is needed is to apply once in the morning and once at night. You have now saved $100-$200 by not using an expensive moisturiser and at the same time helping your skin with its internal hydration.

Plump: Peptide Serum

We have all heard about peptides, but what are they really? Peptides are not to be confused with antioxidants. Peptides help to better the communication between cells in the body so that everything can work at optimum levels. For example, as we age collagen production slows down, peptides help to whip the collagen cells into shape so that they can improve collagen production. Antioxidants on the other hand protect cells from damage. When combined together –  watch out free radicals!

The product: SW Serum contains a specific range of peptides when combined together help to increase cellular turnover, increase collagen production which as a result will help to firm and plump the skin.

Glow: Exfoliating

Ever wanted to know the secret to glowing skin? A light glycolic cleanser is the answer.

For those who own an exfoliator please be careful as exfoliators, especially with the micro beads, are not meant to be used everyday (despite what the instructions say). By constantly stripping away the oil and dead skin will ultimately damage the skins protective barrier. This barrier is made up of oil and dead skin cells. Once damage you’ll find your skin will continually dry out, or become inflamed, sensitive and even over oily. The biggest mistake I see over and over is the assumption that exfoliating more will fix the problem when in fact it makes it worse and thus becomes a vicious cycle.

The key message, exfoliate every now and then. If your exfoliator has micro beads than use it once a week.

The product: Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%. This cleanser is designed to lightly remove excess oil and dead skin cells – without having to use harsh beads found in most exfoliators. The result, that perfect summer glow without the irritation that many exfoliators produce. Im not one to be a big fan of glycolic cleansers as most people use them wrong – however this particular product I found really beneficial when used every second day.

Repair: Phloretin CF

The product: Phloretin CF is one of the most advanced repairing serums on the market. It has won numerous awards and has been recognised as an all-in-one solution. Phloretin CF is referred to as abroad-spectrum antioxidant. What this means is, it has the ability to protect the skin from harmful radicals produced by the sun. This is not a sunscreen but rather an internal shield. When the sun penetrates the skin the body absorbs all the essential nutrients from the rays. However, what is also absorbed are UV radicals. Phloretin CF is designed to break down these radicals while allowing the body to benefit from all the nutrients. Phloretin is extracted from bark of fruit trees including apple and pear. The product also contains a high dose of L’ascorbic Acid (vitamin c) and finally Ferulic Acid which is a plant antioxidant. When combined together they create a super protective barrier.

Protect: Sunblock

Sunscreen chemicals cannot disperse the energy of the sun’s rays as efficiently and as a result the penetration of sunscreen ingredients into the lower layers of the skin can in fact increase the amount of free radicals produced from UV light.

Artificial sunscreen absorbs ultraviolet light and prevents it from reaching the skin. Sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 based on the UVB spectrum can decrease vitamin D synthetic capacity by 95 percent, whereas sunscreen with an SPF of 15 can reduce synthetic capacity by 98 percent.

The product: Invisible Zinc on the other hand is what is referred to as a natural sun blocker – think of it as a film that protects the skin without having nasty chemicals that can do more damage than good.

What are your favourite summer skin care products?

Win 10K cash
Win a holiday to Bali