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Summer Beauty Guide: Skin And Hair Care Tips For The Heat


Best tips for healthier skin and hair throughout the summer months this guide walks you through the best carrier oils to use to treat and care for you naturally preventing problems before they happen

MARY QUINN 25-06-2020

The summer heat is here and before you go into a panic read my guide. The best beauty treatment for your skin and hair. No chemical overdose from commercial shampoo and pore-clogging moisturisers.

Want to know the best carrier oils for your skin type? Here's a quick look at which carrier oil you can use to improve the feel, texture, and look of your summer skin and hair.

What is a carrier oil?

A carrier oil is usually a plant-based oil extracted from a nut or a seed used to moisturise and heal the skin. Used alone or blended with other oils to find the right consistency for your skin type. High-quality essential oils add specific therapeutic benefits, when used with a carrier oil.

These oils are healthy for your skin and hair. Long periods of moisturisation and hydration reduce signs of ageing, wear and tear.

Summer Care

You are seeking a cleanser that glides over the surface of your skin. A cleanser that is quick-absorbing, non-greasy and natural (of course) and nourishing.

Use Castor oil based on your skin type, the amount of this marvellous oil you use differs. But it is an excellent choice of carrier oil throughout the summer.

Oily Skin

Sinks in quickly, managing your skin's natural oil production and dissolving pore-clogging debris. Oily and combination skin types, you'll want this.

  • 50% Castor oil, blend with

  • 50% Jojoba oil

Dry Skin

A nourishing oil softening dry and mature skin. A high concentration of antioxidants defends against the early signs of ageing.

  • 30% Castor oil, blend with

  • 70% Olive oil

Normal Skin

Sunflower oil enhances the skin's lipid barrier. The oil prevents flaky, patchy dryness, lessening skin tightness. A high level of vitamin E, protects against pollution and environment aggression.

  • 25% Castor oil, blend with

  • 75% Sunflower oil

Mature Skin

The kernel of apricot is home to this youth-boosting oil. And why it penetrates the skin to condition and soothe inflammation. If you have sensitive, irritated, or ageing skin then use this oil neat for greatest reward.

If you struggle to find Castor oil, choose Avocado oil as the best swap.

What is Summer skin?

Hot balmy weather increases water loss resulting in thirty, dehydrated skin. Skin feels irritated, red and dry. Be sure to hydrate your skin and keep water levels topped up. Summer heat tends to mean more sweat, more oil and increased skin cell generation.

Hot and humid, even with a breeze outdoors you can still suffer dry irritated skin. Spending time in the sun, close to water, and air-conditioning all play their part in drying out your skin. Consider the following steps to enjoy your summer and minimise skin problems:

  • use a sunscreen one that is SPF30+ and water-resistant

  • shower and shampoo as soon as you can once home, indoors

  • use a mild summer-ready oil-based cleanser for locking in moisture

  • shower and bathe in warmer cooler water, less hot water than normal

  • apply an allergy-free rich moisturiser for greatest nourishment and protection

The sun damages existing collagen cells. This damage is what increases the signs of ageing. Dark spots are especially common in sun-damaged skin. The suns UV rays trigger the formation of free radicals, contributing to the continued breakdown of collagen cells.1 2

Sunburn Aftercare

As soon as it becomes clear you are suffering sunburn, seek shade. In warm days out you should carry with you:

  • a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses at all times

  • wear a long-sleeved blouse and trousers, loose-fitting

  • wear sunscreen applied several times throughout the day, in the evening too

This is how you take care of your skin during the summer. Use my guide to blend your hand and body moisturising oil, free from additives.

Your moisturiser goes on more smooth with no fuss after applying your favourite oil.


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Something else I need to know?

Yes. You should be exfoliating more often throughout the summer. My suggestion is this exfoliating soap bar for skin that isn't sunburnt, because of the Honey.

For sunburnt skin, use this 5% Sea Buckthorn exfoliating soap bar instead. This healing and repairing oil first choice for damaged skin.

Both suggestions contain organic fine Oatmeal, exfoliation for removing old skin cells, debris. Both are ideal for hand, body and facial cleansing.

Hair Care and Choice of oil

  • Massage a tablespoon amount of Castor oil into your hair and scalp, encourages greater hair growth leave in for 20 minutes before rinse out

A troubling problem with summer is the intense heat, humidity and dehydration. Your skin suffers and so does your hair yet have you ever considered an alternative? Forgoing the shop bought shampoo is an environmental win-win.

One of the first things you realise when self learning the use of carrier oils. The benefit of oiling your hair twice weekly. And the smiles after realising my hair and scalp felt and looked better, and no greasing either.

If you find your hair is greasy after an oiling you've either used too much oil or used the wrong oil for your hair type.

Or not rinsed. In any case, keep experimenting and keep the massage going for the utmost health and beauty of your hair.

Massage Hair and Scalp

Hair oiling is an art form, a worthwhile skill to learn and master. One part is knowing what an oil is capable of. Treatment and conditioning, and what purpose it serves as an instrument of hair care.

The other part is the blending. The choice you hope works best for your hair and scalp expecting exact results.

Almost all cold-pressed carrier oils are beneficial for the care of skin. Fewer still are worth their weight in gold for use in hair care.

Over the years I have found myself relying on the following oils. Rather limited you may think but they're the best in my experience.

Avocado Oil

  • boosts hair growth, rich in vitamin E tocopherol

  • repairs dry damaged hair, increased shine

Jojoba Oil

  • reduces hair loss, manages oily scalp condition

  • hair and scalp has improved moisturising

Argan Oil

  • improves on, repairs damaged frizzy hair

  • promotes hair growth, moisturises dry scalp condition

Olive Oil

  • reduces hair loss, greatest hair conditioning

  • increase the health and elasticity of hair

Castor Oil

  • increase of blood flow to scalp, improves hair growth

  • best treatment and care for dry itchy scalp

Sunflower Oil

  • ultimate hair improvement, smooth with glowing shine

  • rich in vitamin A, B, C and E, improved hair health

By oiling the hair (once per week, try it) you are doing two things. A scalp massage will strengthen your roots and stimulate new growth. An oiling, the hair shaft receives protection.

Caring for your Hair

As a part of your hair care routine, the massage element is also enjoyable and relaxing. Some of the benefits you gain include:

  • hydrated scalp, less itching and dry patches

  • moisturised, nourished hair has greatest retention of moisture

  • by oiling, you control curly, wavy and frizzy hair more

  • hair has protection against salt sea water, chlorinated water

Apply the oils you feel best suits your hair type, massage into hair and scalp. This massage should take a full 3 minutes of your time, be sure the full length of your hair receives the oil. With a warm towel, cover or wrap your hair with this towel for 20 minutes.

The warm towel ensures the oils absorb easily by your hair and scalp. Remove the towel and rinse out the oil leaving no residue behind.

Use a Hair Mask

If you find you have time on your hands, apply a dry powdered hair mask before you apply an oiling (or a normal shampoo). A dry powdered mask because of your choice of oil and experience of what works for you.

Having practised the oiling of your hair you will realise what works best. So you use those oils to mix up a hair mask.

You apply the hair mask and leave it on for a while. Let your hair and scalp soak up all the nutrients from the mask. Wash off the mask with plain lukewarm water and then proceed to either oil or shampoo.

Deep Conditioning

With a dry powdered hair mask you can further improve the health and condition of your hair and scalp. Mix either Aloe Vera or Honey into the hair mask.

The Fuller's Earth mask is a good, best choice for treating all hair types and scalp conditions. This natural mineral prevents flaky scalp, dandruff and dry or itchy scalp conditions.

In all honesty I designed my masks to be multi-discipline; for the face, hair and body. The product is far more diverse being a dry powder formulation. In effect, this vastly improves value for money for you.

Protecting your Scalp

Commercial shampoo and hair conditioners treat your hair chemically. Regular use causes damage to your hair and scalp. This is why it is important to treat your scalp with a mineral rich hair care product, such as a mask.

The mildness of Fuller's Earth is your safeguard for the skin on your scalp.

This mineral rich clay can ensure your scalp is not clean but also hydrated and in better health. Fuller's Earth prevents flaky scalp, dandruff and dry or itchy scalp problems.

  • Fuller's Earth absorbs oil, regulates production sebum by the hair follicles

  • detangles and straightens hair, and adds strength repairing split ends

  • this natural sedimentary clay is an "all in one" wash and conditioner

  • nourishes hair follicles, reducing hair loss and stimulates hair growth

If you have a particularly dry and sensitive scalp, it may be better to use a very small amount of the clay mask. Or even not use a mask at all.



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