Summer Beauty Essentials
We are well into the season of sun-kissed skin, wild flowers, farmers markets, beaches and lush nature adventures.
Let's take a moment to appreciate the fact that summer is finally here, and it's in full swing. This joyous season comes and goes so quickly, but it's one that so many of us wait most of the year for.
As the higher temperatures hit, my beauty essentials change big-time. My goal is to stay cool and light in summer, I totally go minimal with products that I use so that I can feel like my most natural self. So what beauty essentials does a holistic nutritionist depend upon during summer? I've assembled a summer must-have list to keep you glowing, energized, cool and stink-free right through until pumpkin-spiced latte season begins.
Beauty by Earth Facial Sunscreen with SPF
Sunshine is your vitamin D queen, but too much exposure can be harmful. It's all about that balance! Make the vow this summer to protect against damage, and don't forget your face! Your skin produces melanin, a pigment which works as a defence to absorb UV radiation, this is where our killer glowing tan comes from (thanks, melanin!). Sunshine puts out both UVA and UVB, both of which penetrate your skins top layer (epidermis) and deeper layer (dermis). That's all great, but when your exposure to UVB exceeds your skins protective abilities, we get burnt. When UVA rays penetrate the deep dermis layer - we've got issues, this is where your skins collagen and elasticity resides. When this layer gets attacked, free radicals are released and they cause some serious harm. A result is extrinsic aging of the skin, including sagging, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation (dark spots and melasma) and a risk of melanoma.
Your face deserves a little extra love. Keep it safe and happy with a non-toxic facial sunscreen. This summer i'm all over the Beauty by Earth Facial Sunscreen with SPF 20. Free from parabens, phthalates, and nano-particles. I apply this every morning underneath any makeup, it's both moisturizing and protective!
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
This little powerhouse provides such a magical highlight to accentuate all your loveliness! This wee-little container also lasts forever! If you're looking for a natural makeup line that works, then RMS Beauty is for you. This line is formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their most natural state. I apply this RMS Living Luminizer to my cheek bones, eyes and brow line to achieve a subtle dewy glow. Super light weight, a little goes a long way, and it works great on all skin tones! Definitely summer must-have for me.
Holisticole Deodorant Cream
Summer time can be a smelly time (let's be real). If you're looking for a natural deodorant that actually works, look no more - you just have to try my recipe for a Homemade Deodorant Cream. Yes, it's a DIY project, but let me tell you - I've been using this recipe for over 5-years and I will never look for another anti-smelling option. It works - all-day, its super easy to make, a jar lasts forever and you will save money in the long run! I can promise this jar won't end up in your bathroom cupboard in the basket of half-used unworthy natural deodorants from your past.
Matcha Latte Elixir
A hot latte in summer? Don't worry, you can enjoy a cold version as well. This is my ultimate summer elixir to keep my energy levels high while also supporting healthy glowing skin, natural detoxification and balanced hormones. Make this cup of goodness as part of your morning routine. You can enjoy it warm which is super-fine first thing in the morning, or you can pour it over ice for a refreshing afternoon drink. This Matcha Tea Latte Recipe is so super simple and this cup of vibrant magic is a powerhouse addition to your day.
Rose Water Facial Spray
I never thought I would be a face spritzer until I experienced this Rosa Facial Mist by Cardea AuSet. This hydrating mist is formulated with rose water and aloe juice and it gives my skin a refreshing, plumping boost. I apply this after cleansing in the morning, throughout the day for a quick & gentle pick-me-up (when i'm home) and before bed. This is one of my personal favourites, I love the simple formula and the larger size lasts me at least 6-months.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Stay cool with peppermint, literally! I don't go far without a bottle on-hand. I apply a small dab behind my neck and on each wrist and the natural powers of this plant medicine will keep you feeling freakishly cool. This essential seriously works. Thanks to the natural menthol, peppermint oil also helps to help relax and ease tension headaches and muscular aches and pains. It's also very stimulating and does wonders for your energy levels. Pure Peppermint Essential Oil is generally safe to apply topically, just avoid the eyes and any mucous glands. If you have sensitive skin, combine it with a carrier oil before using topically.