A Warm Weather Beauty Guide
Warm weather means tousled hair, glowing skin, and maybe one too many glasses of rosé—but it also means we need to give our skincare regimen an extra boost to protect ourselves from the sun and sand. Just like our diets, skincare and beauty are seasonal, and depending on our skin type, we may need to shift our routines a bit. Below, we share six essential summer skin care tips for beautiful and healthy skin.
1. Even the most devout sun worshippers need sunscreen.
Okay, you already knew this one was coming, but there’s more to it than just slapping some SPF on your face in the morning and calling it a day. First off, it’s important to pay special attention to delicate and easy-to-miss areas like your neck (cue the Nora Ephron reference), décolletage, ears, feet, and hair part (sunscreen sprays are especially useful for the latter).
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which you should apply 15 minutes before heading outside or 30 minutes before going in water. You should reapply every two hours or every hour if you’re sweating a lot. (Side note: current studies show that you won’t get any added benefits by going above SPF 50.) Enjoying a hazy afternoon by the beach or pool? Don’t forget to reapply after taking a dip. There’s no such thing as “waterproof” sunscreen, only water-resistant, which wears off after 40-80 minutes.
Because chemical SPF ingredients like oxybenzone can actually produce free radicals—which can lead to wrinkles when they absorb UV rays—it’s a good idea to use antioxidant-rich products that contain vitamin E (such as our very own No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum) under your SPF. Vitamin E helps protect the skin from environmental pollutants and UV radiation while also sealing in moisture, an added bonus for those of us who suffer from dry skin after sunscreen use. Our favorite sunscreens, such as Coola’s Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish and derma e’s Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion for the face and Block Island’s Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 for the body, are free of harmful additives and instead contain physical (also called mineral) ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide.
2. Protect that pout—your lips get sun too.
The skin on our lips is super delicate. Unlike the skin on our face, which has a comparatively thick outer layer (stratum corneum) acting as a barrier, the lips’ outer layer is extremely thin, making it susceptible to dryness as a result of sun exposure. UV rays also alter the composition of collagen in the lips, speeding up signs of aging.
Using a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher is the best way to keep your lips looking young and healthy. Look for a balm with a good blend of waxes, oils, antioxidants, and/or emollients. Wax-heavy blends don’t do much to truly seal in moisture or create a protective barrier. Pick “USDA Organic” or “Natural Products Association Certified” lip balms to be sure of what you’re getting—terms like “green” and “natural” that are found on many products aren’t subject to any kind of real regulation.
3. Take advantage of your local farmer’s market!
Summer fruits and veggies make for more than just delicious meals—they also help keep your skin glowing and moisturized during these sticky summer months. The lycopene in juicy, fresh tomatoes, for instance, may help further protect us from harmful UV rays. One more reason to take another serving of caprese salad. Watermelon, another great summer staple, is an amazing hydrator. Containing 92 percent water, it’s a tasty way to stay hydrated, and it may even keep you feeling fuller on fewer calories.
Braving the heat for a morning run? Have an orange. Sweating makes us lose potassium, which is especially important for us to retain in the summer as it helps prevent muscle cramps. Oranges are full of potassium and, being 80% water, make for another great hydrator. And when you just need a swig of something besides water, green iced tea is the way to go. Green tea is chock-full of polyphenols, which may help protect the skin against UV rays, and also contains antioxidants to keep your skin looking beautiful.
4. Body acne happens to the best of us. Here’s how to prevent it.
Clogged pores are an unfortunate seasonal specialty. Let’s start with the #1 offender: chest pimples. Nothing ruins a sexy new swimsuit quite like a surprise blemish. Prevention is key here. Whether you’re working out or lounging on the beach, a post-sweat shower is essential as perspiration allows bacteria to multiply, which can lead to clogged pores and acne. Fungus can also breed more easily when sweat is allowed to linger, which may cause yeast infections. And of course, be sure to change into fresh clothing after any sweat session.
If you do notice little white bumps on your chest, you’re likely suffering from heat rash, or “miliaria,” which is caused by clogged sweat glands. Try incorporating a natural toner into your routine to keep pores clear. Mun’s own No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner contains rose water, goji berry extract, prickly pear extract, and willow bark extract—a natural exfoliant with salicylic acid, which is also helpful for treating acne—to remove dead skin cells, prevent and heal acne, and keep skin feeling smooth. You can also stash some cleansing wipes in your purse for quick and easy freshening throughout the day and post-workout.
5. Baths aren’t just for winter.
A bath might not be the first thing that comes to mind after a sticky day, but hear us out. Baths make a great warm-weather de-stressing ritual, and, with the addition of a few essential ingredients, can help ease muscle aches, itchy mosquito-bitten skin, and sunburns. To start, you’ll want to draw a warm bath—or cool, if you feel unable to shake off the seasonal heat —but not hot, which will likely only overheat you and dry out already-dehydrated skin.
For sunburns, you’ll definitely want a cool bath so as not to further irritate your hurting skin. Avoiding suds and soaps is also key here, as these can dry you out even more. Try a classic oatmeal bath with a little extra luxury: pour two cups of raw, uncooked organic oatmeal in cool water, one cup of organic whole milk, and one tablespoon of natural honey. Oatmeal will help gently exfoliate and moisturize, while the vitamin-and-protein-rich milk will provide a soothing quality. Honey is full of vitamins B, C, D, and E and will act as an antiseptic. Don’t soak too long though, or you risk drying out your skin.
If you’ve had a long day of hiking or a tough workout (or even if you’ve been "roughing" it by the pool all day), add a few drops of lavender oil (3-4 drops should do it, too many and you risk irritation) to a cup of Epsom salt and pour into running water. Lavender, a superstar of essential oils, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps ease nervousness, anxiety, and sleeplessness.
If you’re not quite ready to hit the hay, a few drops of peppermint oil can help increase alertness and energy. It also has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, making it another good post-workout remedy. To get into full spa mode, a couple of cucumber slices over the eyes make for good old-fashioned relaxation.
6. Beach hair needs love too.
Tousled, sea-sprayed beach hair is arguably one of the best things about summer. But just like your skin, your hair takes a beating from the sun and sand as well. Now’s the time to embrace your natural hair texture and put down the heating tools for a while. Your locks will already be more dried out than usual, and a super-straight look will only emphasize flyaways and frizz.
For a natural way to seal in moisture, keep a spritz bottle handy filled with aloe vera, avocado oil, and water. After a long sun-soaked beach vacation, indulging in a homemade hair mask post-beach is a great way to repair tired hair. Argan oil has been used in Morocco as a hair treatment for centuries and can be combined with various other ingredients for a luxurious DIY treatment. Try mixing 2 Tbsp. of organic coconut oil with 10 drops of argan oil in a baggie, then hold under hot water to liquefy. Smooth the mixture into hair, twist into a loose bun, and luxuriate for at least 30 minutes.
Don’t forget the SPF. Our locks lose protein when exposed to UVB rays, and UVA rays cause discoloration. Many hair products contain SPF, but if you’d prefer to stick with a certain sunscreen, diluting it with water and adding it to a spray bottle will get the job done.
Enjoying warm weather reminds us to reconnect with nature, our friends and families, and ourselves. Taking some time out of these long days to incorporate seasonal beauty tips is a great way to reconnect with your body and pay closer attention to what your skin needs. We hope you get to enjoy the last bit of summer and have a chance to make use of these summer skincare tips during your next vacation as well!
Soak in a bit too much sun? Our No. 7 Ayour Body Toning Serum, contains olive oil, cucumber seed oil and prickly pear seed oil, all of which help calm and soothe redness post-burn.