Summer is here and everyone is now relaxing, travelling, enjoying the great outdoors, sunbathing or swimming. However, it remains essential to protect oneself effectively against any harmful effects caused by this warm and sunny season. To make the most of summer, we would therefore like to suggest some must-haves with natural and beneficial properties.
First of all, in order to prevent sun damages, it is usually recommended to prepare the skin well beforehand, at least fifteen days before the first exposures. To maintain the skin in good condition throughout this season, moisturizing and cleansing the epidermis, using scrubs or exfoliating treatments for instance, plays a crucial part.
Regarding this first step, certain Carrier Oils with strong moisturizing, antioxidant, protective and regenerating properties prove to be ideal. In particular:
The combination of these products with several organic oils or hydrosols with complementary benefits will increase the moisturizing and protective effects even further. Such products include the Geranium Rosat Essential Oil, the Rose Hip, Tsubaki or Prickly Pear Carrier Oils, as well as the Damask Rose or Neroli Hydrosols.
The cleansing phase of the epidermis will be mainly supported by organic ingredients with purifying and cleansing characteristics, such as:
On the other hand, hair also requires to remain moisturized and protected from potential damages caused by sunlight, chlorine or sea salt throughout the season.
Similarly, blends of nourishing, protective and toning organic oils and hydrosols will contribute to maximize the beneficial effects.
During any sun exposure, it is absolutely critical to apply high index sunscreen, which can be combined with a few drops of the protective Carrier Oil of one’s choice, as well as to avoid the hours when sun rays are the most aggressive, i.e. from 11 am to 3 pm.
In case of sunburn, proceed quickly by using natural and organic products with proven soothing, healing and anti-inflammatory properties, such as:
Since summer also involves insect bites, several naturally repellent essential oils will be a must when diffused (use precaution: diffusion should never be continuous). Such oils include those of Citronella, Geranium Rosat, Lavender Vera, Eucalyptus Lemon, Cedarwood Atlas, and Peppermint.
Express Moisturizing and Soothing Emulsion*:
- 1 knob of cosmetic Aloe Vera gel
- 1 dab of Jojoba Carrier Oil
- 1 drop of Lavender Vera or Geranium Rosat Essential Oil
Mix and apply to cleansed face as a day or night cream.
For a 100ml bottle:
- 70ml of Carrot Macerated Oil
- 30ml of Calendula Macerated Oil
- 60 drops of Lavender Vera Essential Oil
Pour all ingredients into a colored glass bottle, mix thoroughly and store away from light and heat.
Pour 2 drops of Lavender Vera, Roman Chamomile or Peppermint Essential Oil on the tip of a cotton swab moistened with water, then apply to the bite for about ten seconds.
- 1 tbsp. Olive Carrier Oil
- 2 tbsp. Avocado Carrier Oil
Apply the blend to dry hair, starting with the ends, then leave on for about 1 hour before rinsing with warm water.
Craving something fresh? Simply add several drops of Peppermint or Lemon Verbena Hydrosol as well as a few ice cubes if you wish into a large glass of water.
* & *** Hampikian S. (2020), Huiles Essentielles pour tout soigner. Editions Marabout.
** : Saura-Zellweger, C. (2015). Faire ses cosmétiques naturelles, c’est facile ! Editions Jouvence.