Skincare Tips to withstand the Australian Summer!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Good day! This weekend the thermometers hit a whopping 37 degrees just 2 weeks into the Australian Summer! When the weather heats up, your pores produce more sebum which can lead to clogged pores and blackheads which then lead to enlarged pores if you do not adjust your skincare routine accordingly. My usually dry skin was not coping well with the extreme weather and I had to overhaul all my routines to suit the season because my skin was oozing oil and sweat (yum!) making me as shiny as a frying pan within a few hours of stepping out of the house.

1. Give your pores a deeper clean
For me this meant switching from using hemp seed oil as a cleanser to a stronger one that can cut through makeup, sweat and sebum. Right now I like to double cleanse with the same cleanser, using half the amount for the second cleanse. Moreover, a good quality clay mask will help to draw out impurities and detoxify the skin when used regularly on the T zone.

I am loving the famous Philosophy Purity cleanser which removes all my makeup in one go without the need for a separate makeup remover. It's not drying on the usual scale of cleansers, but I still always make sure to leave my face wet before I apply my moisturiser. My Mum gave me the travel size to trial and after 1 week of use, I have already repurchased the full size version!

Right now I am trialling the Ancient Clay mask by Maple Holistics (gifted item) which contains 3 superstar clays: bentonite clay, French green clay and multani mitti. It is by far the most potent clay mask I have ever used and the tightening sensation is so strong, it can be uncomfortable! To avoid this, I only let it dry half way before I gently remove it with a face towel soaked in warm water. But boy does this stuff work. Stay tuned for a review!

2. Swap out any heavy moisturisers for a light serum or light moisturiser
This is a no brainer, but I was really resistant to doing this because I was adamant that dry skin ALWAYS needs a hefty amount of moisture. I was using copious amounts of organic hemp seed oil to moisturise and this combined with the sweat, oil and makeup was the perfect recipe for a plethora of pimples and clogged pores.

I swapped to using the SANA Soybean Isoflavone Milky Lotion in the day time. This is one of my first times using a lotion and it is incredibly light and milky and absorbs into my skin in record time leaving my skin with that bouncy texture unique to Asian skincare products (if you get what I mean?). I do not wash my face in the mornings so I simply pat some lotion into my skin before applying my makeup.

At night time I have started using Philosophy's when Hope is not Enough serum, also given to me by my Mum. It has a very strange gloopy gel-like texture that is very light and non-greasy. The light hydration combined with a few drops of hemp seed oil is perfect for sweaty nights. However I would not repurchase this one because to me, the smell is terrible! It smells like rotting oranges! 

3. Ice massage
Rubbing ice cubes on your face may sound strange, but it can be a great addition to your beauty routine. Ice reduces swelling from water retention, redness and inflammation from pimples, increases blood circulation and also slows oil production in your pores. It also helps to wake you up when you are groggy and sweaty in the morning. 

I like to hold a single ice cube with a tissue and rub it all over my cheeks, massaging lightly in an upwards motion. If I have extra time, I use an extra cube over my eyelids. I always feel so wide-eyed and fresh afterwards!

Tell me, do you have any skincare tips to combat the heat?

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