Summer can be a tricky time to stick to healthy skincare habits, with your daily routine and best intentions flying out the door in the holiday rush. But this time also brings alcohol and rich food, along with late nights. Not to mention more exposure to sun and wind. So it’s important to make a little time to care for your complexion.
With so many products available as part of super complicated skincare regimens, it can be hard to develop a routine that suits you (and one you can stick to). But it’s not just about the products you use...
A good breakfast gives your body the nutrients that help to nourish skin. Try adding water-rich seasonal fruit like watermelon in a smoothie or on cereal, alongside some antioxidant-rich berries. If you’re more of a savory eater, you could add some sustainably sourced seafood like salmon to an egg dish or on toast to get a healthy oil boost. Starting the day with a big glass of water and staying well hydrated throughout the day will not only contribute to healthy skin but help you stay alert and on top of things.
If you exercise in the morning, your skin benefits from increased blood flow to the face and better circulation. Showering in the morning can also help with circulation and with cleansing – a warm shower opens pores in preparation for applying skincare. If you exfoliate in the shower, consider cleansing again afterwards so that loose skin cells don’t affect the application of skincare.
Feeding your skin
When it comes to effective summer skincare, look for products with proven bioactive ingredients, chosen for their natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and nutrient properties.
SKIN by ecostore products contain New Zealand marine extract from seaweed, rich in polysaccharides, carotenoids and phenolics. These natural compounds are proven to support collagen and improve skin elasticity and regeneration, while reducing inflammation. Sauvignon blanc grapes from Marlborough produce antioxidants to protect themselves from the region’s strong sun, which are captured in grapeseed extract used in the range. Grapeseed’s antioxidant levels are 50x stronger than Vitamin E and 20x stronger than Vitamin C.
SKIN by ecostore Multi-nutrient Facial Oil is packed with highly skin compatible jojoba, apricot, avocado, blackcurrant, kiwifruit seed and grapeseed oils, as well as CoQ10 – a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radicals and stimulates collagen production.
A simple regime
Using a mild cleanser suited to your skin type is a good habit, as is a resolution to never go to bed without taking off your makeup (if you wear some). Cleansing is an important step to remove makeup, dead skin cells and excess oil. SKIN by ecostore has a gentle cleanser formulated to be kind to normal or dry skin. If you have combination or oily skin our purifying cleanser does wonders. Follow with a moisturiser to keep your skin nourished and protected during the day – look for a lightweight moisturiser if you have combination or oily skin, or a hydrating moisturiser if your skin type is normal to dry, or particularly thirsty at this time of year. Applying a hydrating mask in the evening provides extra care for skin and a little time out for you.
At night, it’s about replenishing summer skin after the effects of sun, wind and pollution. After cleansing, you may want to exfoliate to remove the build-up of dead skin cells. Just make sure your skin isn’t showing signs of dryness from over-exfoliating. A replenishing night cream will continue to nourish and moisturise skin throughout the night, while cells are being repaired and renewed.
And if you’re heading away on holiday, or simply want a low-commitment way to try any of the products above, check out the SKIN by ecostore This is Me pack of travel friendly minis.