Layering Skincare for Summer: A Step-by-step Guide

Layering Skincare for Summer: A Step-by-step Guide

Achieve healthy summer skin with our step-by-step guide for layering skincare.

How should you be layering your skincare for summer? That’s the question we’re going to delve into so you can have an effective skincare routine during the summer months. Every season brings unique skin challenges, yet having a daily routine that can be easily adapted to each is key for happy, healthy skin. Let’s go over a step-by-step strategy for effectively layering skincare for summer.   

Step 1: Cleanse  

Summer brings that wonderful warm weather and sunshine, which also means more sweat and grime buildup on the skin. Yuck. Cleansing day and night is essential to keeping pores clean, reducing dirt or bacteria and the risk of breakouts and inflammation. And cleansing gives you a clean slate for your skin!

Image of the Soothing Cream Cleanser


The Soothing Cream Cleanser is ultra-effective, given the gentleness for all skin types while cleansing deep to remove makeup and debris from pores. It’s formulated with the powerful skin-enhancing ability of rosehip oil and mānuka oil for improving skin elasticity, while the evening primrose locks in moisture and a probiotic improves the skin barrier function.  

Step 2: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is about to become your skin’s best friend this summer! During the summer months, many of us are much more active that those blanket-wrapped-tea-by-the-window days of winter we just made it through. With the added exposure to the sun and an uptick in outdoors or physical activity, our skin can begin to look dull and congested. That’s why exfoliating on the regular basis is a key step in layering your skincare for summer to look your best. 

By exfoliating twice a week with the Rejuvenating Mānuka Oil Exfoliant, the ingredients of jojoba beads and lactic acid help shed the dead skin cells to make way for the new. This increases cell turnover that slows as we age, leading to improved skin softness and removing imperfections. Rosehip and mānuka oil penetrate deep to boost collagen production for younger-looking skin, making for a renewing exfoliant that clears your skin to take advantage of the other skincare steps properly. 

Step 3: Protect your Eyes

Plenty of us loooove to do a bit of basking in the sunshine, but the sun is the prime culprit when it comes to wrinkles around the eyes and discolouration, making us appear older faster. To protect your eyes better on the daily basis, add the Restorative Eye Cream to your routine to liven up the area around the eyes and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

Image of the Restorative Eye Cream

East Cape mānuka, one key ingredient in the eye cream, can help protect the skin against UV with powerful triketones. Combined with a double dose of antioxidant goodness in rosehip and green tea extract, it naturally improves hydration, reduces sun damage, and brightens the delicate area around your eyes. Gently tap small dabs under the eyes after steps 1 and 2. 

Step 4: Hydrate Your Skin

When layering skincare for summer, it’s best to consider both the indoor and outdoor effects of the season on the skin. Are you experiencing more oily skin and breakouts? When the weather gets hot our skin produces more sebum, an oily substance, to help protect it from the environment and from drying out. If your face is feeling dried out, it could be due to the air-conditioning or fans sapping the moisture from your skin and making wrinkles appear more pronounced.

By using a hydrating day and night cream daily, you can counteract the effects of summer to keep your skin hydrated and happy. The result? A more radiant and youthful complexion of course! The Firming Day Cream helps to lock in moisture on the skin while protecting it from environmental factors throughout the day, reducing the need for the skin to over-produce sebum. The Nourishing Night Cream nourishes deep while you sleep to keep collagen production humming and reduce moisture loss while you rest.  

Step 5: SPF

One of the most important steps for layering skincare, supporting our skin health, and retaining a youthful appearance is to use SPF daily. Though we all enjoy fun in the sun and relish in these brighter and warmer months, too much sun exposure can be a very bad thing for our skin. And most of us are likely not using SPF enough. Without protecting our skin properly, UV exposure can lead to sunburn, dryness, wrinkles, damaged skin, advanced aging, and more severe issues like skin cancers.

And after all that work for our skin, we wouldn’t want to derail that effort! This crucial step daily will slow aging effects of the skin like wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and sunspots. All the while supporting your skincare routine to make it leaps and bounds more effective. To top that off, follow the slip-slop-slap-wrap motto. Up the protection and grab yourself a stylish pair of UV-coated sunglasses, polarized if you’ll be spending time on the water, and a sun hat. 

Step 6: On-The-Go Care

Last but certainly not least is to cap off your daily skincare routine with on-the-go support to refresh your skin at a moment's notice. Or need. That’s where a mist toner comes into play, making it super simple to give your skin a pick-me-up throughout the day to keep it hydrated and radiant. After all, there are some days that have us running amok and simple skincare is a win. 

Image of lady holding the Hydrating Mist Toner

The Hydrating Mist Toner is a handheld spritz of ahhhmazing, with wonderful natural ingredients that quickly uplift, hydrate, and nourish thirsty skin. Rose water and chamomile flower extract soothe while aloe vera extract cools and calms skin. Combined with the potent skin-revitalising and anti-aging ability of rosehip oil and East Cape mānuka oil – a spray every so often is a simple yet stellar way to keep skin looking phenomenal from morning to evening. 

Follow this step-by-step guide for layering skincare this summer in tandem with these scientifically proven products for a winning combination to protect and elevate your skin. Head over to our shop to explore more of our mānuka oil lineup, New Zealand’s skincare secret.

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