How to protect your skin this summer

Summer is finally here! Whether you’re hitting the beach, lake or city these holidays, it’s important to protect your skin at all times. Here are our top tips for coping with the heat and keeping your skin safe all summer long…

Don't forget your SPF

If there’s one habit to stick to religiously this summer, it’s applying a high-quality SPF. The Aussie and Kiwi sun is incredibly strong, even on those dull, cold, rainy days, so if you want to prevent UVA rays (which cause wrinkles, age spots and general skin ageing), incorporate an SPF into your daily skincare routine – stat!

We recommend using two types of sun protection, one for your face and another for your body. Opt for brands that contain both UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF value of between 30 and 50. And make sure you’re topping-up regularly (every hour or two) throughout the day, especially if you’re jumping in and out of the sea.

Add additional sun protection

When our seatbelts start to burn our skin and our Fruju’s start melting down our hands, our first impulse is usually to wear as little as possible – but a few additional pieces of clothing can work wonders when it comes to skin protection. A wide-brimmed hat is an easy (and stylish) option to protect your hair, face and ears during hot weather, a breezy kaftan keeps the sun off your back and don’t forget your sunglasses (opt for a pair with polarised lenses and UV filters).

Stay hydrated

Now is the perfect time to make sure you’re hitting those eight glasses per day (and no, unfortunately beer and wine don’t count!). Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day during summer, and if you’ve been exercising or swimming, it’s even more important to keep your hydration levels up. If your hydration levels have been severely depleted or you’re dealing with sunburn, consider adding an electrolyte solution to your water for an added boost. 

Keep cool in the heat

Lightweight cotton clothing is your best friend when it's scorching outside. Synthetic fibres trap heat, whereas cotton absorbs perspiration and helps you to feel cooler. Choose light coloured clothing in shades of white, cream or pastels (as they’re more likely to reflect the sun's radiation) and stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is strongest.

Adding a refreshing facial spritz like our Ritzy Spritzy facial toning mist to your beach bag will keep your skin cool throughout the day (it’ll also give you a beautiful, fresh, dewy glow!). And if you’re heading outdoors for the day, pack a coolie bag with cold water and snacks that aid hydration, such as frozen watermelon or pineapple slices. Frozen lemon and lime slices are also great for keeping your drinks cool and refreshing!

Embrace aloe vera

After a long, hot day outside it’s important to replenish your skin’s moisture levels with products that contains aloe vera, such as our Softly Does It hydrating body lotion. Research shows aloe vera helps skin heal from sunburn and prevents peeling (which is never a good look!). Don’t forget to moisturise your lips, too – keep them soft and supple with our delicious range of natural lip balms For more lifestyle tips and summer inspiration, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.