It’s all too easy to neglect our skin in the winter months, when we can hide ourselves away under layers of clothes. If you’re feeling in need of a bit of TLC before embracing your summer skirts and camis, read on for our top tips for achieving soft, glowing skin this summer.
Make your own DIY salt scrub at home
Exfoliation is so important. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells, aid cell renewal and can even boost circulation to get your skin glowing. How about making your own salt scrub? You’ll need around one cup of sea salt, plus half a cup of a nice light oil, such as grapeseed. Mix them together well and add a few drops of essential oil if you like. (Sandalwood and myrrh smell lovely and relaxing.) You can also add extra ingredients, such as dried herbs or lemon zest. Keep your salt scrub in an airtight jar and use once a week or so.
Salt scrubs can be a bit messy, and if you don’t fancy making your own, you may well prefer to go for our Face and Body Scrub, which is packed with skin beneficial ingredients, such as kaolin clay and peach kernel oil. Bamboo stem grains and rice grounds gently exfoliate and polish the skin without scratching.
100% natural moisturiser
Coconut oil is a wonderful top-to-toe moisturiser. Just warm a small amount between the palms of your hands and massage it into your skin. The fragrance is an added bonus, as it really evokes a sense of exotic climates! You can also use coconut oil as a hair mask. Check out our guide to seven ways to use coconut oil.
If you prefer a lotion, our Body Lotion is very nourishing and absorbs quickly. It’s also gentle enough for sensitive skin. One reviewer told us that the lotion has made such a difference to her eczema it’s changed her life!
If you’re planning to go for a fake tan, it’s extra important to exfoliate and moisturise well. You’ll also want to pay particular attention to elbows, knees and heels, which are prone to dryness and rough patches. Again, coconut oil can help, but cracked, hard or flaky skin will benefit from being treated to my Heel Balm, which is rich in beeswax, shea butter, almond oil and other goodies.
Going make-up free
I don’t tend to wear a lot of make-up, and usually avoid it altogether in the summer months. If you’re wanting to go bare-faced, you may want to boost your skincare routine by adding a facial oil to the mix. You can make your own by blending a light carrier oil, such as jojoba, or grapeseed, with another oil of your choice, such as sweet almond, pomegranate seed, or rosehip. Or you can take the easier route by using our Baby Massage Oil. It’s a fraction of the price of most facial oils you’ll find on the high street, but packed with nourishing ingredients to boost hydration and leave your skin glowing. You only need a few drops, warmed between your fingertips and patted into your skin.
Fancy treating yourself to an at home pedicure? Check out my guide to achieving sandal ready feet this summer.