The importance of Summer skincare

Taking care of your skin during the Summer is not just a luxury; it's a necessity. The benefits of proper Summer skincare extend far beyond mere aesthetics. Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays reduces the risk of sunburn and long-term damage, such as premature aging and skin cancer. Well moisturised and hydrated skin can better cope with the heat, preventing issues like dryness, flakiness, and irritation.

A good skincare routine also promotes an even complexion and can help minimise acne breakouts that can be exacerbated by sweat and oil production. The care you invest in your skin during the Summer ensures not only a radiant and youthful appearance but also long-term health and comfort. So, make sunscreen, hydrating mists, and essential oils your allies in the battle against summer skin woes, and reap the rewards of a happy, healthy, and glowing complexion.

  1. Protection from Sun Damage: The most obvious benefit is protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. Sunburn is not only painful but also damages the DNA in your skin cells, increasing the risk of skin cancer over time. Proper sunscreen and sun-protective measures, like wearing hats and sunglasses, can significantly reduce this risk.
  2. Preventing Premature Aging: Sun exposure is a leading cause of premature aging. UV rays can break down collagen and elastin fibres in your skin, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. By protecting your skin from the sun, you can maintain a youthful appearance for longer.
  3. Hydration and Comfort: The summer heat can lead to dehydration, and your skin is no exception. When your skin is well-moisturised, it's better equipped to cope with high temperatures and humidity. Proper hydration prevents issues like dryness, flakiness, and uncomfortable tightness.
  4. Even Complexion: Sun exposure can lead to uneven skin tone, causing dark spots and redness. A good skincare routine can help fade these imperfections and promote a more even complexion.
  5. Minimising Acne Breakouts: Increased heat and humidity can trigger excess oil production, leading to acne breakouts. Proper cleansing and moisturising can help control oil production and prevent clogged pores. Additionally, some essential oils have natural antibacterial properties, which can be beneficial for acne-prone skin.
  6. Long-term Health: Beyond the immediate benefits, taking care of your skin in the summer contributes to your long-term health. It reduces the risk of skin diseases and conditions, such as skin cancer and dermatitis, and helps maintain your skin's natural barrier function.

Refreshing Summer skincare DIY recipes with essential oils

In the realm of Summer aromatherapy, my preferred essential oil choices revolve around the delicate and soothing scents of Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose. Lavender, with its timeless appeal, not only imparts a calming aroma but also boasts skin-soothing properties, making it an ideal choice for relaxation after a day in the sun. Chamomile, celebrated for its gentle and anti-inflammatory nature, complements the season by offering a sense of tranquility and assisting in post-sun skincare. Rose essential oil brings a touch of luxury to Summer routines, known for its hydrating qualities and the ability to evoke feelings of romance and self-indulgence. Together, these essential oils create a harmonious symphony, enriching the summer experience with their therapeutic benefits and aromatic allure. Whether incorporated into facial mists, cleansing oils, or soothing gels, these botanical companions contribute to a holistic and delightful approach to summer skincare.

1. Cooling Cucumber, Lavender Rose Facial Mist

  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lavender
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of rose essential oil


1. Blend the cucumber and lavender with water until smooth.
2. Strain the mixture into a spray bottle.
3. Add the essential oils and shake well.
4. Store it in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect.

How to Use:

  • Shake the bottle well before each use.
  • Close your eyes and spritz the mist over your face, holding the bottle about 8-10 inches away.

Allow the mist to air dry or gently pat your face with a clean cloth.

2. Calming Lavender Chamomile Cleansing Oil

  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil (balances skin and dissolves impurities)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil (nourishing and softening)
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil (calming and soothing)
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil (gentle and anti-inflammatory)

1. Combine carrier oils: In a small bowl, mix together the jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil.
2. Add essential oils: Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of chamomile essential oil.
3. Mix thoroughly: Stir the mixture well to ensure an even distribution of essential oils.
4. Transfer to a bottle: Pour the cleansing oil blend into a clean, sterilized dropper or pump bottle.

How to Use:
Apply a small amount to dry skin, massage gently, and rinse with warm water or wipe away with a damp cloth.

3. After-Sun Soothing Balm

  • 1/8 cup aloe vera gel
  • ⅛ cup Jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 5 drops of rose essential oil
  • A dollop of Vitamin E
1. Mix aloe vera gel with shea butter over a double boiler until smooth.
2. Add the essential oils and Vitamin E.
3. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge overnight for quick cooling and a smoother texture.
How to Use:
Scoop a small amount and apply gently to sunburned areas. Allow it to absorb into the skin.

4. Insect Repelling Oil

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops citronella essential oil
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil
1. Combine all oils in a glass jar and mix well.
1. Apply the oil to exposed skin before heading outdoors to deter insects.
How to Use:
Take a small amount of the oil and apply it evenly to exposed skin before going outside.
  • Perform a patch test before using these products on your entire face or body to ensure you don't have any adverse reactions to the ingredients.
  • Adjust essential oil quantities based on personal preference.
  • Store products with essential oils in a cool, dark place to preserve their efficacy
  • For the cleansing oil, avoid getting it into your eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • If you have sensitive skin, consider consulting with a dermatologist before trying new skincare products.

12 Tips for Summer Skincare

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out, especially in the heat.
  2. Use Sunscreen Daily: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, even on cloudy days. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  3. Lightweight Moisturiser: Opt for a lightweight moisturizer to prevent clogged pores. Hydration is essential, even in hot weather.
  4. Protective Clothing: Wear hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing to shield your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
  5. Exfoliate Regularly: Incorporate a gentle exfoliation routine to remove dead skin cells and promote a brighter complexion. However, don't over-exfoliate, as it can irritate the skin.
  6. Cooling Facial Mists: Keep a refreshing facial mist with ingredients like cucumber, rose water, or aloe vera to cool and hydrate your skin throughout the day.
  7. Avoid Hot Showers: Hot showers can strip your skin of natural oils. Opt for lukewarm water to prevent dryness.
  8. Summer-Friendly Cleansers: Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser to remove sweat, sunscreen, and impurities without over-drying your skin.
  9. Antioxidant-Rich Diet: Consume a diet rich in antioxidants, including fruits and vegetables, to help protect your skin from environmental damage.
  10. Limit Sun Exposure: Try to stay out of direct sunlight during peak hours (8  a.m. to 4 p.m.) when the sun's rays are strongest.
  11. After-Sun Care: If you spend time outdoors, soothe your skin with after-sun products containing aloe vera, chamomile, or lavender to calm any potential sun irritation.
  12. Regular Skin Checks: Keep an eye on any changes in your skin, such as new moles or unusual spots, and consult a dermatologist if you notice anything concerning

I hope these tips and recipes contribute to a happy and nourishing Summer.
Enjoy the sunshine and the warmth of the season!

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Author: Filipa Garin
Qualified Aromatherapist

Filipa is a certified aromatherapy practitioner, specializing in skin rejuvenation, clinical aromatherapy, and flower remedies. Her knowledge and passion for plants stem from a life among books and flowers and her studies and practice in Clinical Aromatherapy, Bush Flower Remedies, Skincare, and Herbalism. Her mission is to empower people through self-love and botanical knowledge, to help them heal and flourish, and to foster a deep appreciation for nature.

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