With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your skin ready for warmer weather and sunnier days. While the warmth is welcome, this extra dose of sunshine means you must be extra vigilant with your skin in order to ensure it remains healthy.  Check out these tips from The Handmade Soap Company to discover ways to keep your skin healthy and happy this summer.

DON’T FORGET THE BASICS

While the extra sunshine may feel great on your skin, the UV rays that come with it can be quite harmful. You should always apply sunscreen before leaving the house to provide a layer of protection. An adequate amount of sunscreen equates to a teaspoon-full on your face and a shot glass-full all over your body. Layer over your body lotion for essential SPF protection and reapply every two hours, or as often as possible.

EXFOLIATE

To prepare your skin for summer, exfoliate any dead skin away with a natural sponge or loofah. If you need something a touch more abrasive, try a sugar scrub mixed with a dollop of body wash and lightly massage into skin in a circular motion. The fragrant blend of natural oils and sugar will buff away dry skin and leave it feeling significantly smoother.

HYDRATE

Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s time to pump a lot of moisture into your skin cells. The Handmade Soap Company’s Grapefruit & May Chang and Lemongrass & Bergamot body butters contain shea butter and a nourishing blend of natural oils for deep hydration. The solid butter turns to oil on skin, so it is best used in the evening before bedtime.

And, of course, the best hydrator is water so make sure you’re drinking at least two litres a day. Remember, if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated so keep a bottle on hand all day, everyday.

SOOTHE

If you’ve overexposed your skin to the sun, we recommend using lighter body lotions. Try to find one with eucalyptus, mint and thyme as these have natural healing properties that will soothe minor burns and abrasions. A good tip is to leave the lotion in the fridge before application so you can cool skin down upon application.

Avoid bug bites

With the sunshine comes an onslaught of mosquitoes and teeny tiny bugs that love to sink their teeth in. Lucky, mosquitoes hate the smell of citrus, particularly lemon and orange, and they’re not too fond of lavender either. By using scented body wash and body lotion, you can keep the insects at bay. What smells soft and fruity on our skin, smells pungent to the mosquitos, but hey we’re not complaining!

To keep your home in check, leave a citrus diffuser near open windows to deter any bugs from getting into the house. If you’re dining al fresco, we recommend burning a citrus candle nearby to keep any creepy crawlies away from your dining table.

Hopefully these tips from The Handmade Soap Co will help you achieve healthy skin this summer. They only uses natural ingredients in their handmade soaps and body lotions so you can ensure your skin is well taken care of.

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Written by Kitty

There's nothing better than a weekend spent at a spa and total relaxation and happy thoughts is a way of life to me. It's lucky I love cats really with a name like mine! Happily married with my three fur babies to keep us company.