Your guide to smooth, supple summer skin.
Summer can mean excessive exposure to heat, UV rays, salt, and sand – all things that dry out our skin. Alongside drinking a lot of water, it’s important to give your skin some extra support this summer to ensure you stay smooth and supple.
We’ve rounded up some of the best moisturisers to keep you hydrated from top to bottom through the warmer months.
The scalp can be pretty neglected over summer. A few minutes too long in the ocean or in the sun without a hat and you’ve got yourself an uncomfortable sunburn. This Aēsop hair mask is an intensive, conditioning treatment sure to restore vitality, lustre and softness to the hair, while soothing dry and flaky scalps. The perfect remedy for a head in need of some summer TLC.
When December hits and the air starts to feel a bit heavier, sometimes the last thing you want is layers of thick creams on the skin during the day. In summer-time, we’ve found a lightweight facial moisturiser is the best course of action, and this Emma Lewisham moisturiser is a great pick. Packed with Vitamin C, Ceramides and AHA/BHA, it is scientifically proven to deliver plumper looking, lifted and brilliantly bright skin to take you through the silly-season with a natural summer glow.
There is no point talking about skin-care and moisturisers if we aren’t using sunscreen everyday. It is important to use SPF, but we can’t rely on the small amount that may be in make-up products to protect us from the harsh New Zealand UV rays. We encourage using a high SPF sunscreen all year round, but especially in summer. It’s great to use a product that’s specifically for your face if you have sensitive skin, and the La Roche-Posay one does the trick. It is lightweight, fragrance-free, and eco-friendly.
This one is for those overnight resets necessary after exposure to harsh, salty sea-side winds and sunshine. The key tenant in this restorative night cream is the harakeke seed (flaxseed) oil. Harakeke seeds are rich in omegas 3 and 6, which are very nourishing for the skin. Omega 3 in particular plays a crucial role in cell rejuvenation and restoration. This is a holy grail product – only a small amount will have you waking up feeling and looking incredibly nourished.
Skin-care doesn’t just apply to the face so let’s move on to the body – we can’t get enough of this Sans lotion. The silky texture utilises a therapeutic dose of 5% niacinamide along with a host of nourishing lipids. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 is a gold-standard dermatological ingredient that has been scientifically proven to repair UV damage, reduce pigmentation, calm redness, even skin tone, while stimulating collagen and elastin production. It is the perfect product to add to your daily routine if your skin is subject to frequent sun exposure.
After the end of a long summer day, there is nothing better than lathering up with an after-sun body hydrator after a cool shower. This Aēsop one has a fresh, citrus scent and is enhanced with Aloe Vera and a blend of refreshing and astringent botanical extracts to leave skin feeling softened, cool and calmed.
There is no better feeling than the instant relief and a sense of calm after application of a lucious, smooth, scented hand cream. We recommend having one everywhere you go – one in your bag, in your car, next to your bed. Not only does the Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream nourish dry hands, but it will help strengthen your cuticles and ensure your manicure stays fresh for longer.
Hot weather means sandals and jandals, so it is time to sort out our feet. Cracked, creased or flaky heels are not going to have us feeling our best as we strut on the sand, so we recommend picking up a good foot cream. The fruity AHAs in the Soap and Glory Heel Genius help to smooth and soften while the macadamia works to hydrate and moisturise. It can be used as a foot cream or foot mask so you can smooth while you snooze.