Bring on the South African sun!

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable item with summer approaching! It’s 2020 and there is no time to be messing around when it comes to protecting your skin. Choose a SPF 30+ and apply it at least 30 minutes before you step out into the sun so that it has time to soak into your skin and protect you from UV rays.

The strong South African sun can also harm your hair with hot and humid conditions causing your scalp to sweat profusely. Shampooing daily removes natural oils and can upset your scalp’s natural microbiome (good bacteria). The best way to protect your hair is to use a protective hair mask at least once a week to restore moisture. On a budget? Simply use olive oil or coconut oil from the kitchen.

Spritzing your face doesn’t only cool the skin and invigorate it, but it has antioxidants that are extremely beneficial for your skin. It gives your skin the extra boost it needs to keep a dewy, healthy appearance whilst also keeping your skin hydrated. A homemade or DIY face spritzer is easy to make and be kept in your handbag for when you need that little boost!

Here is an easy Antioxidant Green Tea Toner to try

- 2 cups of boiling water
- 2 green-tea bags
- 2 - 3 drops vitamin E oil (optional)
- 2 to 3 drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)
- Spray bottle

Soak the tea bags in hot water for 60 minutes. Let it chill. Transfer to your spray bottle with vitamin E oil and your favourite essential oil for hydration.

It is extremely common to have chapped, dry lips in the warmer months. This is because the skin on your lips is super thin and delicate, making them even more vulnerable to UV damage. A good lip balm should have a limited set of ingredients and be rich in elements like oils, beeswax, petrolatum or SPF. Make it a point to carry a lip balm in your bag and apply it before you head out.

I think we can all agree that sweating + make-up does not work together. The dirt and grime that starts to build up inevitably blocks pores and causes breakouts. A good face scrub is absolutely essential in removing dead skin cells, leaving you with a fresh, cleansed face. You don’t have to carry this in your handbag but try to use it at least 2-3 times a week.

5 BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FOR SUMMER 5 BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FOR SUMMER Reviewed by Michelle Pienaar on November 04, 2020 Rating: 5
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