What are the best summer beauty tips?

Every year when summer comes around our beauty routines are never quite ready. We are still in recovery from the cold winter and our pale skin is fighting against warming to the sun’s rays. Whilst the hot weather means evenings outdoors, trips to the beach and drinks in the sun, it can also mean dry hair, complexion issues and sun burn. Knowing how to combat some of these issues with simple beauty hacks can leave you free to enjoy a gorgeous summer.

Here at Champneys we have rounded up some of the best summer beauty tips, so you can conquer your summer look this year.

Stay Hydrated

We have said it before, and we’ll say it again - stay hydrated. Although you should be doing this all-year round, in the warmer summer months this is very important. Even though we are often surrounded by water, in pools or at the beach, we forget to stay hydrated.

Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. As well as cleaning those toxins it transports nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells. Water can also make your skin look fuller, since the hyaluronic acid that naturally exists in skin will pull in and hold the water, for a wrinkle plumping effect. As well as that, being properly hydrated will give you more energy which will let you live those summer days to the fullest.

You should be aiming to drink at least 8 half-pint glasses a day to see the benefits. A great way to achieve this is to pick up a reusable water bottle and sip it slowly throughout the day. You can even get bottles with time markers, and apps which are all designed to help you remember to have a drink. If you find drinking water a bit boring, infuse it overnight with some fruits, vegetables or herbs to give it a refreshing flavour.

Protect your skin from the sun

Ninety percent of wrinkles are from sun exposure, and it’s a lot easier to prevent damage before it starts. Wearing sunscreen is the single easiest way to prolong healthy and youthful skin. Ensure if you are going to have skin on show in the sun you apply an SPF and reapply if you are in the sun for a long time.

Investing in a good pair of sunglasses is also a good idea. Make sure they protect from 99-100% of both UVA and UVB light. Sunglasses can help protect against under eye wrinkling, and also will aid your eyesight in the long run.

We spoke to the team at Kite Eyewear, a London-based sunglasses brand, which has created the world’s first Eyebar in Shoreditch, about why wearing sunglasses in the summer is a great beauty tip: “At Kite, we believe that the way you care for your eyes is just as important as how you dress them. So as much as we love our frames, the most important thing is that your sunglasses are protecting your eyes, and the sensitive skin around them, from harmful UV rays. There’s nothing more beautiful than healthy vision!

“On an aesthetic level, sunglasses are a great style supplement because they make your face look more symmetrical. Humans are hard-wired to find symmetry attractive, so sunglasses are an easy way for you to turn some heads while the heat is on.”

They also spoke about what makes Kite Eyewear so unique: “Put simply, it’s all about creating new ways for people to express themselves through their eyewear.

“What we’ve learned is that people only need a little push to see themselves in a new light and realise that there is a world of potential out there as far as frames go - they don’t need to stick to the same styles as they once did. They can have their own voice. We try to put that ethos at the heart of everything we do. 

“Our design team take inspiration from around the world and we compound that with innovative manufacturing processes which open up exciting new ways of working with raw materials. Then in our Shoreditch Eyebar our stylists take care to help customers discover what’s right for them, whether that’s a fresh take on a familiar silhouette or curating a whole new look.

“And it’s all in service to the customer. Because they deserve a frame which speaks to them, and gives them the confidence to express themselves in a way that the eyewear industry at large just isn’t at the moment.”

Eat your way to a gorgeous glow

Different foods can affect your skin in different ways. A healthy diet can result in healthy, glowing skin, whereas a diet high in processed foods will lead to an uneven skin tone and breakouts.

Eat a rainbow of colourful fruit and vegetables, packed with powerful antioxidants to help to protect skin from the cellular damage. Some of the best to try are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, kale, papaya and spinach.

Vitamin C is a super antioxidant. It promotes radiant skin, helps blemishes heal and is needed to produce collagen. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, kiwi fruits, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Stock up on selenium to increase skin elasticity. One way to boost your intake is to eat Brazil nuts - just four nuts will provide the recommended daily amount (RDA). Other good sources are fish, eggs, tomatoes and broccoli.

Vitamin E protects skin from free radical damage and supports healthy skin growth. Foods high in vitamin E include almonds, avocado, hazelnuts and pine nuts, plus sunflower and corn oils.

Healthy fats and omega-3s are wonderful for rehydrating and plumping up your skin. These fats also come packaged with a healthy dose of vitamin E. Avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds all provide essential fatty acids.

Eat plenty of zinc, which is vital for the repair of skin damage. It also protects against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Zinc-rich foods include fish, lean red meat, wholegrains, poultry, nuts and seeds.

We spoke to Sara, a molecular biologist with a passion for helping people achieve healthy glowing skin on her blog Healthy Skin Glows. Sara told us some more advantages to eating healthily in the summer: “During summertime, we are much more exposed to sun and heat, both of which can negatively impact our skin. Not only can excess UV light accelerate skin aging, it can also cause acne and breakouts.

“When the antioxidants (such as vitamin E) in our skin are depleted, our skin is more vulnerable to oxidative damage, causing a sebum component squalene to oxidize, turning it into its comedogenic counterpart - squalene peroxide. This leads to clogged pores, which are the first stage of acne. To help our skin remain clear and glowing, it is important to maintain a healthy diet. Antioxidants we obtain from fresh whole foods play a central role in alleviating the negative effects of oxidative damage due to the increased sun exposure.”

Sara also recommended some foods that are perfect for helping keep your skin healthy throughout the summer months: “Being very rich in valuable antioxidants, raspberries and blueberries are a perfect summer snack for healthy skin. Watermelon is great for hydrating your body and skin, which is a priority during hot summer days.

“Also, look for seasonal greens such as zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce. Why not incorporate them all in a refreshing salad, adding some sprouts for an extra antioxidant punch?”

Finally, make sure that you are getting enough healthy fats from nuts and seeds, and precious omega-3s from sustainably caught fish. This provides an added layer of photoprotection from the damaging effects of UV light, slowing down skin aging and helping you maintain smooth and radiant complexion during the warm summer days.”

Beauty’s best kept secret

We know you’ve heard it before, but it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Whilst you sleep, your skin rejuvenates. Your body’s cellular renewal team has the night shift, so this is when you want to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs to do a fine job. At least seven hours a night should do. Use Champneys Heavenly Days sleep enhancing products to help you drift off.

Essential skincare routine

It’s too easy to go to bed after a long day with a full face of make-up still on - we’ve all done it. But, leaving make-up and dirt on skin doesn’t just clog your pores, it can cause excess dryness.

Every morning, regardless of skin type, cleanse and tone the skin, then follow up with a moisturiser (you can even get SPF kinds, talk about two birds with one stone.) Repeat this routine in the evening after removing your make-up.

Once or twice a week, exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells, and use a face mask for intensive hydration. Doing this, along with you regular beauty treatments will mean your skin won’t dry out due to the warm weather and will remain radiant. Our spa resorts and City Spa locations icluding Champneys Spa Milton Keynes and Spa Guildford all offer a number of luxurious beauty treatments.

Fake it until you make it

If you’re not the type to tan quickly or easily, rather than forgo the SPF, invest in an all in one bronzer. A simple bronzing and blush compact will see you through rain and shine. Lightly dust the dark tone across the areas of your face that the sun would naturally hit, such as temples, forehead, nose, cheekbones and chine, building over the course of the summer as your natural tan catches up. Also, don’t forget to dust the apples of your cheeks with the pop of pink for a youthful, rosy glow.