Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer skincare

Whilst lots of us feel our best during the warmer months, the sun can damage our skin if we don’t protect it properly. Overtime, increased sun exposure can result in dehydration, discolouring or pigmentation and increased signs of ageing on the skin. Here are our top summer skincare tips.

1. The Importance Of SPF  

Regardless of the weather, when we’re outside we’re constantly exposed to UV radiation. There are two types of UV light, both of which can increase the risk of skin cancer:  

  • Ultraviolet A (UVA) – A light with a longer wavelength which causes the breakdown of collagen and premature aging of the skin. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, reduced elasticity and uneven skin tone.  
  • Ultraviolet B (UVB) – A light with a shorter wavelength which causes skin burning. 1 

Wearing SPF 50 filters out an estimated 98% of the UV rays, meaning only one-fiftieth can damage your skin. (2) UV radiation passes through clouds, meaning we should wear SPF every day. If you’re outdoors, you should choose a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30, and it needs to be reapplied every two hours. You can find out more about sunscreen and skin safety on the NHS website, here.

Along with regular use of SPF, you can support your natural collagen levels with a supplement.

Summer skincare


Collagen has several important functions in the body, providing structure to our skin, hair and connective tissues. Shop some of our collagen bestsellers now: 

  • Coconut & Collagen: An expert blend of hydrolysed collagen and coconut oil, with added vitamin C to support collagen formation. 4
  • Beauty Collagen Shot: A fruity formulation of beauty ingredients, including collagen, biotin and hyaluronic acid.
  • Beauty Bites: A Salted Caramel Almond flavour snack, enriched with 5g of collagen, 24mg of vitamin C and 120mcg of retinol per serving. 

2. Staying Hydrated  

In hot weather the body loses water through sweat. This can leave our skin feeling dry and tough. The heat can also result in excess oil production, which can clog pores and cause redness and breakouts. Drinking plenty of water both rehydrates you and helps to balance out the natural oils on the skin.  

Hyaluronic acid is a moisture-retaining molecule found naturally in the skin. Our levels of this nutrient decline as we age, but a supplement can help to replenish them. In fact, a recent study showed that daily doses of hyaluronic acid for just one month can help to reduce dry skin and restore skin moisture. 3 

3. Summer Nutrition

Our diet plays an important part in our skin health, especially vitamins and minerals. So what nutrients do we need lots of in the summer months? 

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that is found in the both the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and the dermis (inner layer of skin.) Along with supporting natural collagen formation, vitamin C protects our cells from the free radicals caused by UV radiation. (4) Vitamin C has an abundance of additional benefits for our general wellbeing, including supporting immune function (5) and increasing iron absorption, (6) making it a must-have addition to your daily routine.  

Vitamin E  

In a similar way to vitamin C, vitamin E’s antioxidant properties make it important for protection against UV damage on the skin. (4) Vitamin E is most commonly found in nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Alternatively, you can support your levels with a daily supplement.

Vitamin A  

Vitamin A deficiency can cause a variety of symptoms including dry skin, slow skin regeneration and acne or breakouts. This is because vitamin A is important for cell growth and general skin health. (7) Vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol, can be applied topically to the skin, whilst supplements can help to boost levels from within.

Find out more about this nutrient in our blog:  

What Is Retinol and What Does It Do?


What Is Retinol and What Does It Do?

2020-08-17 10:14:45By Katie Lambert

Nourish your complexion with these summer skincare tips. You can shop our complete supplement range here. 

Katie Lambert

Katie Lambert

Writer and expert

After studying History at The University of Leeds, Katie moved back to her home town of Manchester to start a career in content writing. Katie has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys running in her spare time. Her favourite topics to write about include healthy recipes, performance strategies and general wellbeing.