4 top best summer body and skin care secrets

It may be just the start of Winter here in the land down-under, but for our friends in the Northern Hemisphere, the warm weather has finally arrived! Time to bury your heavy coats and warm clothes in the back of your closet, stash away heavy makeup foundations and beauty products and embrace colourful accessories, shorter clothing items and light skincare options. It goes without saying that a (slight) change in diet should take place, too – after all, it’s getting hotter and your body doesn’t need to be additionally burdened by hard-to-digest foods and drinks. But, we’ll get to that later.

Let’s discuss the top four things to focus on in the upcoming months, just so you can keep your body and mind happy, healthy and blooming.

4 Top Best Summer Body and Skin Care Secrets

Be safe. Hydrate.

Words cannot emphasise how important it is to stay hydrated, and not only during the summer months. Yes, you’ve heard it a gazillion times but we’ll keep repeating it until it sticks – water is the source of health, happiness, good skin, mental clarity, awesome sleep, great digestion, and it is also a phenomenal aid in losing weight. Make sure you always have a bottle of water with you and try to drink about 3 litres of water per day.

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You are what you eat.

While winter is usually all about piling up calories, summer is a 180º turn from that. During the hot summer days, we prefer light and fat-free foods and nothing feels as fresh as a fruit cup or a veggie smoothie. Why a smoothie, you ask? First, it’s packed with vitamins and minerals that give your body just enough energy and nutrients for the day. Plus, smoothies are taaaasty! Just make sure you buy a good smoothie mixer and you are all set. On today’s market, there’s a range of blenders that come in virtually all sizes and colours like the super powerful Blendtec Designer 725 Blender or Nutri Ninja – Ninja® Blender System with Auto-iQ®. As far as I am concerned, I put my trust in my Kenwood Australia blender to help me make some of my favourite combos like a watermelon, coconut oil and avocado smoothie (try it!). Before I forget, my second favourite is a super healthy blend of spinach, green apple, lime, mint and ginger. So, all you need to do is pick your favourite and make your mix! There are many green drinks to make and enjoy during summer, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

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Run for your life.

Yes, literally! The more physical activity you introduce in your life, the healthier and longer it will be. While you may think that physical activity only serves to get your body in shape, the truth is – there’s more to working out than that. Apart from your whole body staying fit and active, you are also helping your mind stay sharp and your skin soft. How so? Well, working out releases the hormone of happiness that makes you feel absolutely amazing. As for the soft skin, the sweat released through the skin cleanses it and removes toxins that are piling up inside your body. Summer is the best time to upgrade your workout as you can replace the gym with outdoor activities such as running, skipping the rope, volleyball on the beach, swimming, bike riding, hiking… or anything else that gets you moving.

Mind your skin.

Yes, the gorgeous sun-rays will get you that beautiful tan you want, but they can also harm your skin. Here, you already know the drill – never leave the house without sunscreen. Apart from that rule, you also should be mindful of the products you use. Trust your cleansers, anti-cellulite coffee scrubs, eye lift cream and good night cream to keep your skin hydrated, smooth and healthy. There’s no better time than now to start paying attention to the types of cosmetics and brands you are using, okay? Stay diligent!

About the Author

I'm Angela Berry and I'm a final-year student at the department of Nutrition and dietetics at School of life and Environmental Science in Sydney. I lead a healthy life, I stick to healthy habits and I consume healthy food. Cooking and creating recipes are my passion. In my spare time, I write blogs and share my knowledge and experience with others. I am so passionate about yoga and travels. You can connect with Angela via Twitter,FaceBook

  • Cassie Liz

    I love these tips for all times, not just summer. Keeping hydrated, eating well, moving and using good products should be part of everyones routine! Thanks for sharing

    • Vicki Law

      Keeping hydrated is definitely one most people tend to forget about during winter.

  • Magdalena

    Can’t agree more! Great tips! I already included all of these tips to my daily routine! Smoothies in the morning works miracles for me!

    • Vicki Law

      Thanks Magdalena. Great to hear you already include these in your routine.

  • Abby Lewtas

    These are fabulous tips! I think staying hydrated is so key, it can be so easy to forget to drink but its actually the best thing we can do for our skin, especially in the summer! Great read!

    • Vicki Law

      It sure is. I don’t drink near enough but when I make the concerted effort I can really see the difference it makes to my skin.

  • Susanne Leggett Stewart

    Great tips! I am horrible about drinking water which is probably why my skin is so dry. I do get some exercise while at work, I force myself to get up out of my chair at least once an hour and walk outside (my boss is so easy going). And we don’t eat unhealthy really, just not healthy enough. I am going to work on that!

    • Vicki Law

      I’m with you there I hate plain water. so I always add some sliced lemon or limes to mine. It makes a big difference.

  • You are what you eat! This is definitely my problem (and my entire family’s problem too). As Filipinos, we love our greasy, spicy, deep fried goodness! Unfortunately it makes it difficult to keep our skin looking healthy without the nice glow of oil on top haha. Definitely things to keep in mind this summer!

    • Vicki Law

      You don’t have to give up the good stuff, just balance it out with some extra exercise and plenty of fruit and veggies.

  • Stacey Dadd

    Thanks for the reminder! There is nothing quite like a good run to start your morning right, no matter the season. I also find I suffer from horrible headaches if I don’t drink enough water, so thank you, definitely need to focus on this.

    • Vicki Law

      Yes, headaches are a sure sign of dehydration

  • Susan Minich

    I recently bought a bike so that I could ride with my kids (they’ve been begging me!), but I was so scared. I really have enjoyed it. There is something about being outside and enjoying the fresh air, having fun with my kids 🙂

    • Vicki Law

      Good on you! Nothing like quality time with the kids and getting your exercise at the same tim.

  • I definitely agree with everything you shared here! I can always hear myself saying “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate” during summer. 🙂

    • Vicki Law

      That’s a good mantra to have.

  • I think hydrating and sunscreen are important year round here in Australia, but especially so in summer! So easy to get dehydrated if you’re not careful, especially here in Queensland 🙂

  • Ashley Basnight

    I always have a hard time staying hydrated, but I know it’s super important. thanks for the tips