Simple Summer Skin Hacks

Getting that summer, healthy skin glow doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

There are two important things to remember about your skin.

First, your skin is the largest organ of your body.

It’s true. We usually think of organs as being inside of our bodies, but this one’s wrapped all around us. By recognising your skin for what it really is—as a vital organ—it should be a bit easier to prioritise this often-overlooked part of the body.

Second, the health of your skin reflects your inner health.

There may be creams, balms, and cleansers galore to apply on the outside, but keeping healthy on the inside is the most sustainable and simple way to maintain glowing skin.

With these points in mind, let’s talk some simple hacks for your skin this summer.

Keep it natural.

Whether it’s hair care products (which touch your scalp), deodorant, moisturiser, cleanser, toner, makeup, face masks, serums, or oil—the more natural, the better. If it has an ingredient list that’s a paragraph long, it’s likely there will be something nasty floating around in it.  

Don’t risk putting toxic things on your skin that might end up in your body. Empower yourself with resources such as the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database. This is a great place to type in that ingredient you can’t pronounce and find out what it’s about.

Try it simple.

If you can’t find products that satisfy the oh-so-natural requirement, stick to some basics that are closer to nature. A few ideas:

  • Shea butter: though it can be heavy on the face (unless mixed with something like aloe vera), shea butter is a great moisturising alternative.

  • Coconut oil: not only is this moisturising, but it’s a great makeup remover as well.

  • Argan oil: Easily absorbed and can be used to make a DIY toner for your face.

  • Bentonite clay and activated charcoal: mix these with water to make a toxin absorbing face mask.

Eat healthy and hydrate.

Eat the rainbow! Fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants which can counter the oxidative damage of the sun, protecting from DNA damage. Vitamin C is also readily found in fresh produce and is known to promote skin healing.

Hydration is a no-brainer—our skin is made of cells, and cells are full of water!

Care for your digestion and elimination.

If your tummy isn’t eliminating what it needs to, your skin might pick up the slack. So, pack your diet with fibre from whole grains, legumes, nuts, and greens. They will help clean you out while also delivering on skin nourishing fats.

Be in nature.

Summer is a great season to bask in the great outdoors. Nature has a calming effect on an amped up nervous system. Since stress can make skin more sensitive and aggravate existing skin conditions, nature should be a part of everyone’s skin care routine!

Your skin was around before all the expensive products and our less-than-natural modern environment. It knows how to regulate itself and stay healthy! You can give it a helping hand with just a few simple steps.