Summer is here! It’s my favourite time of the year and also for many kiwis who love to get outdoors and maximise beach time.

Unfortunately for us, New Zealand receives some pretty harsh rays from the sun and it’s not until you get older that the skin damage received from sun exposure when you were younger starts to show (as I’m now experiencing!). Our first tip to surviving summer is SPF! Use products with SPF wherever you can so you can block harmful UV rays. Sun damage can result in changes in pigmentation, sunspots and at worst – skin cancer.

Protect yourself with SPF:
  • Face: Oasis BB Cream is great for summer because it’s long lasting, nourishing and contains SPF! Inika mineral powder also contains SPF and can be applied over your daily moisturiser or liquid foundation for a fuller coverage. If you use a daily mosituriser try get one with SPF, Oasis Beauty has 3 daily moisturisers with SPF to suit your skin type and is perfect to wear under your foundation.
  • Lips: Hurraw! sun balm! is a staple for your handbag or beach bag. I cannot live without my Hurraw! balms. Wear your Hurraw! sunbalm under your favourite Hurraw! balm (I’m loving lime, grapefruit, vanilla and coconut).
  • Body: Try EcoTan’s natural sunscreen or Oasis Beauty sunscreen’s which now include protection of 40 and 50 SPF. You need to be wearing sunscreen whenever you are outside, as the burn time here in NZ is 10 minutes! Don’t forget to re-apply, especially if you’ve been swimming or sweating.
Fake Tan all the way:

I spent a lot of my ‘younger’ days laying out in the sun to achieve that sun-kissed golden tan, but here in NZ it’s just too dangerous. With wonderful fake tanning products such as those form EcoTan, there’s no need to spend long hours laying out in the sun to expose your body to harmful UV rays. EcoTan really have a high quality, organic and natural formula, that provides a natural looking bronze tan. Gone are the days of botched DIY orange fake tan jobs!

Travel with me:

Another perk of summer is the Christmas and new year break which many of us spend travelling our beautiful country, to visit friends and family or relax at our favourite spot. Travel products are awesome when you’re on the go and want to travel light. I’ve already proclaimed my love for Hurraw! lip balm, I take a couple when travelling just in case I loose one so I’m never left without. Checkout our awesome travel size products to get you through summer.

Waterproof Mascara:

It is very hard to find natural based mascaras that are waterproof. Luckily for us, Ere Perez has developed the Avocado Waterproof mascara. NO panda eyes this summer (or winter – it’s perfect all year round!). Impromptu swim – no problem!

Day to Night:

I’m really loving Luk Beautifood lipsticks right now and will do a feature on them soon. They are non-toxic, with edible ingredients for the ultimate clean beauty experience. I think they are the perfect lipstick for glam on the go. The look is more subtle and tinted but still packs a punch in the colour department. They are the perfect product for chilling on the beach, sipping coffee at a cafe, shopping with the girls or dining out at night. You just don’t have the nasty chemicals that give you bright un-natural colours that are glued to your lips. Keep one in your handbag along with your Hurraw! balm 😉

Enjoy your Christmas and new year. Tag us on Instagram with you favourite summer products, we’d love to see them in action!

xx

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