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 on getting the best beauty treatment for your skin and hair, naturally without the 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. It can be used
alone or blended with other oils to find just the right consistency for your skin type. High quality essential oils are often added
to carrier oils to provide specific therapeutic effects for the skin.
These oils are really healthy for your skin and hair providing long periods of moisturisation and hydration inhibiting the
signs of ageing, wear and tear.
You are seeking a cleanser that glides over the surface of your skin smoothly. A cleanser that is quick
absorbing, non-greasy and natural (of course) and nourishing.
Castor oil based on your skin type, the amount of this marvelous oil you use, differs. But it is an
excellent choice of carrier oil throughout the summer.
As a cold-pressed oil, it sinks in almost instantly, 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
Truly a nourishing oil softening dry and mature skin. A high concentration of antioxidants
defend against the early signs of ageing caused by free-radicals, environmental and UV damage.
30% Castor oil, blend with
70% Olive oil
Sunflower oil enhances the skin's moisture barrier preventing flaky, patchy dryness, lessening skin tightness. An extremely
high level of vitamin E, it forms a protective barrier from pollution and environment aggression.
25% Castor oil, blend with
75% Sunflower oil
The kernel of an apricot is home to this youth-boosting oil. And why it penetrates the skin quickly to condition and soothe
inflammation. If you have sensitive, irritated, or ageing skin then use this oil neat for maximum reward.
If you struggle finding Castor oil, choose Avocado oil as a best swap.
What is Summer skin?
Hot balmy weather increases water loss from the body 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 followin 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
Massage a teaspoon 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 obviously 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 and condition in a plastic bottle is an environmental win-win.
One of the first things I realised when self learning the use of carrier oils was the benefit of oiling my 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 thoroughly rinsed. In any case, keep experimenting and keep the massage going for the utmost health and beauty of
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 in terms 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 but fewer still are really 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
increase of blood flow to scalp, improves hair growth
best treatment and care for dry itchy scalp
ultimate hair improvement, smooth with glowing shine
rich in vitamin A, B, C and E, improved hair health
By oiling the hair regularly (once per week, try it) you are doing two things. A scalp massage will strengthen
your roots and stimulate new growth, by blood circulation. 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
hair is moisturised, nourished hair has greater moisture retention
oiling regularly, 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 fully. 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 are absorbed more easily by your hair and scalp. Remove the towel and rinse thoroughly to be sure
all oil residue has been washed off.
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). I suggest a dry powdered mask because of your choice of oil. Mixing the mask would be based on your own experience of what works for you, surely?
Having practised the oiling of your hair you will quickly 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 normally.
With a dry powdered hair mask you can further improve the health and condition of your hair and scalp by including either Aloe
Vera or Honey into the hair mask after mixing in the oils.
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
The mask is marketed as a facial mask but 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 will cause damage to your hair and scalp and 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 just
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 the production of oil and 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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