Beauty Skincare

9 Must Haves to Get Your Skin Ready for Summer


By Brittany Haavaldsrud

With summer on the horizon, we’re all looking forward to warm summer nights on a patio, beach filled weekends, wearing skin-baring dresses and tossing out our heavy foundations and concealers in favour of a more fresh-faced look.

The problem? after waking up in negative-degree weather for the past several months and exposing our skin to less than favourable conditions – harsh winds, dry heat and hot showers – means our skin may not be looking its best. So how to obtain that summer glow?

With most beauty products being full of hidden chemicals and preservatives (linked to cancer, reproductive disorders, asthma and severe allergies), using a “conventional” product as opposed to an all-natural one is just not an option, but many believe the problem with all natural regimes is that you may not get the desired results.

It’s a myth that it’s difficult to find natural products that are both safe as well as effective: we’ve easily rounded up 9 of our favourite products (mainly from online shops like Fjordlife) that are not only safe, but use cutting edge technology with performance driven ingredients that give results. 

Whether you’re after a healthier complexion to smoother lips, here are 9 Must Haves to Get Your Skin Ready for Summer.

Kari Gran Lip Balm

You won’t want to have bold, colourful lip over the summer: smooth, moist, lush lips are more kissable, and Kari Gran makes the perfect balm for achieving exactly that! I love the thick glass pot and the creamy texture of this lightly scented lip whip.

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Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish

The first step to summer skin is always exfoliation! Scrub off winter flakes and scales with this highly moisturizing and gently exfoliating blend of virgin coconut oil and delicately floral Moroccan rose. Gentle without being too abrasive, this polish leaves your skin soft and hydrated with a light scent of coconut and rose petals that seems to linger. Gentle enough to use every day, and all Herbivore Botanical products contain ingredients that are plant-based, organic and carefully included for therapeutic purposes like smoothing rough elbows, heels and knees.

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Aster & Bay Cleansing Oil

It may seem counter-intuitive, but when summer grime, sweat and sunblock are blocking your pores, the best way to clean your face is with a cleansing oil. This one is a blend of softening and toning oils that penetrate the pores deeply to dissolve dirt, makeup and toxic buildup. The castor and sesame oil work to detoxify, tone and heal while the macadamia oil provides added hydration. Our skin gets barraged with free radicals through the summer days as we’re exposed to sunshine and air pollution, this oil is highly concentrated with antioxidants which help prevent and reverse free radical damage. 

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Vapour Beauty Bronzer

No one wants to pasty with the sunny season coming…but nor should we be basking in the sun for a glow. Vapour Beauty has the perfect solution: all natural bronzing sticks for every complexion that not only leave you with gorgeously translucent bronze highlights on your fact, but also act as great contouring sticks, too!

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Ormana Day Cream with SPF Protection

The summer is a great time to add a moisturizer with SPF for added protection, and few are as natural and luxurious as this day cream by Ormana. It’s perfect for when you are looking for extra hydration but still want to maintain a lightweight application. Infused with Moroccan Argan Oil and pure Aloe Arborescence for added hydration, this moisturizer works as an ideal make up primer. 

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Mia Hoyto’s Lumous Rich Nurturing Serum

Has your visage seriously suffered from a deficiency of vitamins D and C over the summer? Produced in Finland, this Scandinavian brand is rich in nourishing birch tree sap, sea buckthorn and betaglucan, combined with argan oil and hyaluronic acid, to pamper the skin deeply leaving you with a more luminous, toned complexion after only a few weeks of use. No wonder it’s a cult favourite!

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Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil

Arms and legs are on display for the first time in months, so be sure they’re not dry and flaky! Famed for the precious Jasmine Sambac oil that it contains, this smoothing body product is a blend of pure, natural botanical oils for glowing and hydrated skin with an intoxicating scent. This oil absorbs quickly to get moisture, vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants into your skin efficiently.

Add a few drops to your bath or use after showering before leaving the house. The delicious, intoxicating scent means no perfume required. All Herbivore Botanical products contain ingredients that are plant-based, organic and carefully included for a therapeutic purpose.

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Yoke Trade’s Flow Balancing Perfume 

The best way to turn your beauty routine into a summer one is to start with a scent. The right scent will put you in the right mindframe for the season, and what better fragrance for summer than that of the rose? This perfume oil contains robust rose petals swirling in a sandalwood top note, ylang ylang middle and coming back to a base of rose. Yogis will be happy to know this was especially created to support and balance the five elements in nature: the doshas

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Coola’s Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa

Of course, we can’t forget all-over sunscreen protection. Offering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB plus environmental protection, this formula delivers 80 minutes of sweat and water resistance. Infused with Kukui Oil to soothe skin and balance moisture, Coconut Oil to deeply hydrate skin, Arnica Extract to reduce inflammation and Orange Water to tone and firm skin. The sunscreen also has a natural Citrus Mimosa scent. All of Coola’s products offer plant protection.

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