Natural Summer Skin Care Tips
Apparently beauty is just more than just skin-deep. With the average person lathering 10 different products on their body every day, our skin acts as a sponge, absorbing chemicals and toxins that have potentially damaging long term effects. Caring for your body should be more than just about the pursuit of gorgeousness, but instead about connecting to your body—using products that are natural and good for you, from the outside in.
Concerned for my personal skincare regime, I chatted with one of my favorite makeup artists, Amanda Markoya. Amanda grew up in Bridgeport, CT and is now a NYC and Greenwich based make-up artist specializing in print, special events and runway. Below, Amanda shares with me the best ways to protect your skin this summer:
Brittany: What are the top 5 things we need to be on the lookout for when it comes to summer and skincare?
- Sunscreen! The easiest way to incorporate sunscreen into your daily routine is to get a moisturizer with sunscreen built in, it saves you the extra step of layering on a separate product. And don't forget sunscreen on your body, putting it anywhere the sun touches your skin. Sunscreen also expires, so be sure to check your dates.
- For oily, shiny, reflective skin, keep oil blotting sheets on hand, and if you don't have them, split a 2-ply tissue into two pieces and use that to press onto the skin gently; doing this will remove the oil but leave the pigment from your makeup. Layering on powder is a no-no in the summer.
- For melting eye makeup, stick to waterproof mascara and long-wearing cream shadows.
- Let's be honest—we’re all sweating a bit more in the summer; I love Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant. It’s super effective while being aluminum and alcohol free!
- While we should always be washing our face before bed, summertime is not the time to be lazy and skip a night! It's important to remember that we're sweating and producing more oil throughout the day; washing our face at night is a great way for our pores to get some air.
B: When purchasing organic / natural skincare products, what are some ingredients we should look for that may be negative for us long term?
A: Look for the following ingredients:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Synthetic Colors
You can also search for your favorite products in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database or the Mother Nature Network to check their credibility. The Demeter Association is also a good resource to see if your cosmetics are certified biodynamic as well. Remember, these toxins enter your body through your skin, so it's best to avoid them as much as possible.
B: What are your favorite brands and products to use on your clients?
- Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate - great for pretending you have a tan when you can’t actually be out in the sun
- Tarte Cosmetics - everything is great and long lasting! I recommend the maracuja oil for any skin type.
- Coola Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte finish (for oily skin)
- Jurlique is a great natural brand praised for being organic and biodynamic—not only do they have amazing products, but they are getting very big among top makeup artists in the industry. Many of my clients love this brand.
B: What are some tools we can use in our kitchen for DIY natural skin care?
A: I use organic-refined coconut oil to moisturize my skin at night and also remove my makeup. It even melts through waterproof mascara! I also love a good raw sugar & olive oil scrub for my lips; it keeps them super soft. For dry skin and hair, put some mashed up avocado on your skin & the ends of your hair for ten minutes for a quick moisture mask.
B: What is your number one favorite summer skincare tip?
A: Less is more! Take good care of your skin and let it naturally glow. If I absolutely need to wear makeup somewhere in the summer, I stick to a tinted moisturizer and some mascara and maybe tinted lip balm. There is nothing worse than a full face of makeup melting in the sun!
Of course, you don't always have to resort to a potions, lotions or peels to get glowing skin. Diet and exercise should always play a vital role in your skincare regimen. Working up a sweat keeps the blood circulating, and feeding yourself healthy and organic foods, particularly plant based protein, healthy fats that contain omega-3’s, and fruits filled with antioxidants. Also, drinking water helps to flush out toxins that could potentially show up on your skin.
What are some of my favorite DIY Kitchen Beauty Concoctions? Check out some of the recipes below:
Soothing Body Scrub
- Organic Brown Sugar
- Jojoba, Coconut or your favorite high quality oil
- Fresh Lemon Juice
Stir sugar and oil just until combined. Next, add honey and lightly stir again. Lastly, pour lemon juice and mix. Use in the shower on clean, moistened skin.
Comforting and Refreshing Bath
- Lavender or Rosemary essential oil
- Himalayan Sea Salt
- Fresh Lemon Juice and Zest
Add ingredients to a warm bath and enjoy!
Eye Make Up Remover
- Vitamin E Oil
- Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
- Distilled Water
Combine ingredients into a bottle that has a secure lid; be sure to shake ingredients before each use.