6 Easy Home Remedies for Summer Skin Care
Summers are all about tan lines and good times. Soaking sunshine while sipping a drink by the sea makes up for everybody’s favorite summer story. However, things can heat up pretty quickly on sunny days, especially for your skin.
Here’s a little pearl of wisdom from my grandma. Whenever I’d go out to enjoy the sizzling weather, she used to remind me: your tans will fade away, but the damaged skin may not.
Like always, she was right.
Our skin is sensitive to heat, sun, and even air conditioning during summertime. It gets dehydrated, oily, and sometimes reunites with our good old friend: acne.
Fortunately, the one thing that I’ve learned from my grandma is that there is a cure for everything in your pantry. All you need to do is a little rummaging through the kitchen stuff.
For years, I have been tapping into her pool of wisdom (topped with my knowledge) for healthy and glowing skin.
Today, I’ll be sharing those summer skincare remedies with you. The best part about these DIYs is that they are effective, easy to make, and use natural ingredients.
Let’s dive right in!
Natural Sunscreen with Body Oils
Any summer care routine would be incomplete without a good dose of sunscreen slathered on your body. However, I avoid artificial sunscreens as they contain toxic chemicals that can penetrate the skin and cause allergy.
Fortunately, mother nature has blessed us with natural SPF containing products: body oils.
Herbal oils, including coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, etc. offer natural sun protection while moisturizing the skin.
- ¼ cup coconut oil (unrefined) or almond oil
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 1 tsp carrot seed oil or red raspberry seed oil
- ½ tsp Vanilla essential oil (or Lavender)
- ½ tsp Jasmine essential oil (or Rose)
- Mix coconut oil (or almond oil) and avocado oil over low heat. Let it cool down.
- Add carrot seed oil (or red raspberry seed oil) and essential oils of your choice to the mixture.
- Stir them up and store in a jar or bottle.
How to Use
You can apply the homemade sunscreen after taking a shower. Moreover, the essential oils add a summer scent that eliminates the need for perfume.
Aloe Vera Face Wash
Aloe vera is like the panacea for skin problems (it’s grandma certified). Packed with Vitamin A, antioxidants, Vitamin C, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, it is a must-have ingredient for radiant skin.
Aloe vera adds moisture content and exfoliates dry skin, thus, offering a soothing and softer look. It is also known to reduce inflammation and lighten scars.
Apart from aloe vera, this recipe also uses Castile soap (cleanser for sensitive skin), rose water (decreases oil production & inflammation), and essential oils that help boost skin health.
- ½ cup Aloe vera gel
- ½ cup Rose water
- 2 tbsp Castile soap
- 2 tsp Avocado oil
- 4 drops Chamomile essential oil
- 4 drops Rosehip essential oil
Add all the ingredients in a bottle and shake it well before each use.
How to Use
Take a dime-size amount of the face wash and massage it on your face gently (avoid the area around your eyes). Next, rinse it with water.
Coffee Face & Body Scrub
Coffee isn’t just a wake-up drink – it’s a skincare savior!
Coffee grounds are rich in antioxidants and have a sand-like texture, which is perfect for exfoliation. Who knew scrubbing coffee could be your way to silky smooth skin?
Naturally, there is an increase in dead skin cells in summer. Therefore, it is essential to exfoliate and moisturize regularly to avoid dry skin.
Fortunately, the coffee grounds paired with coconut oil makes the perfect team for fighting summer bummer.
- ½ cup ground coffee (fine)
- ½ cup Sugar
- ½ cup Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional)
- Mix ground coffee and sugar.
- Melt coconut oil and let it cool down (but not freeze).
- Add the melted oil and vanilla extract to the mix.
How to Use
Gently apply the scrub on your body (avoid eye area) and leave it on for several minutes. Wash it off thoroughly with water.
You can use it twice a week.
Papaya Banana Face Pack
Beat the heat with a fruitful summer face pack! In addition to providing a bowl full of nutrients, both papaya and banana offer numerous skin benefits.
Rich in potassium and moisture, banana is a natural skin moisturizer for dry skin. Moreover, it helps in oil control, lightens dark spots, treats acne, and possess anti-aging properties.
Papaya, on the other hand, makes your skin look younger and softer by increasing collagen production. It is laden with enzymes that help soothe irritated or sunburnt skin.
- Mash banana and papaya together and make a smooth paste.
- Add some honey to the paste.
How to Use
Apply the face pack gently on your face and keep it on until it’s dry. Next, rinse it thoroughly with water.
Soothing Cucumber lotion
After you have enjoyed the long sunny days, cucumber rejuvenates your skin with its calm and soothing properties. Naturally, it is a pretty cool fruit (pun intended).
With 96% water content, cucumber nourishes the skin and alleviates sunburn. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory properties, along with vitamin C, offer cooling effects and help retain moisture.
- 1 Cucumber
- ¼ cup Coconut milk
- ¼ cup Aloe vera juice
- Grate the cucumber coarsely.
- Put the grated cucumber in a strainer or cheesecloth over a bowl or some other container.
- Push the cucumber to collect its juice in the bowl.
- Add coconut milk and aloe vera juice.
- Shake the mixture properly and store it in the refrigerator.
How to Use
You can either apply the lotion with a spray bottle or use a wet rag.
Gram Flour & Yogurt Face Pack
Deep-dive into summer calls for a deep-cleanse skin remedy.
My gram flour face pack is the perfect cleanser for sunshine lovers. It cools down and lightens the tanned skin while removing oil and dirt off your face. You can get softer and brighter skin in minutes!
Gram flour, also known as chickpea flour or garbanzo bean flour, is an excellent exfoliating agent. Yogurt, on the other hand, locks moisture in your skin. It contains lactic acid, which is known to tighten pores and gently remove dead skin cells.
- 2 tbsp Gram flour
- 1 tbsp Yogurt
Mix gram flour and yogurt in a bowl to form a soft and creamy paste.
How to Use
Gently apply the face pack in a circular motion (avoid eye area). Leave it on for about 3-5 minutes until it’s dry. Rinse it thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Let’s hear from you now. What are your favorite natural remedies for summer skincare? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section below.