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Five tips to prep your skin for summer

Prime your face and body for the onset of warmer weather (we’re crossing our fingers) with these easy routine changes

By Chloe Lawrance

Summer means lots of things: warm evenings, picnics in the park, and jetting off to explore quaint towns and buzzing cities. Plus, the celebration of Cowshed's 25th birthday.

The summer months also invite a change-up of your skincare routine. Whether it's swapping out richer formulas for more lightweight alternatives, or dedicating some extra time to your body care routine, these simple steps will elevate your summer skincare routine. Prepare to glow all season long…

1. Lighten up

During the winter, you might find your skin yearns for a little extra nourishment, with rich moisturisers taking precedence over their more lightweight counterparts. But as the weather gets warmer, consider swapping out these heavier formulas, which can feel uncomfortable if you're a little sweaty. The Cowshed Essential Daily Moisturiser will still feed skin with enough hydration without weighing it down, and it's packed with Quinoa extract, plus fatty acids to protect and moisturise. There's also Chamomile, which will help to soothe sun-soaked skin, reduce redness and calm irritation.

2. Stay fresh

Anyone that's ever found themselves sweltering in the sunshine will know that a cooling mist is an essential in your summer skincare arsenal. Cowshed's Summer Refreshing Face & Body Mist is so much more than just a refreshing spritz. This elevated formula features a refreshing blend of Sweet Orange, Spearmint and Magnolia essential oils, along with soothing Aloe Vera and a protective mix of Menthyl Lactate Crystal and Genencare OSMS BA. Use from head to toe for a quick fix of hydration on the go.

3. Smooth things out

For many of us, more temperate weather means a little more skin on show - so it may be time to add some exfoliating essentials to your roster. The Refreshing Body Polish uses Pumice powder to slough away winter's scaly skin, remove sun cream and prep it for fake tanning. Just remember: there's no need to go OTT. Use just a couple of times a week to reveal smooth and soft limbs, without compromising your skin's protective moisture barrier. This could lead to redness, irritation or dryness in the long run.

4. Boost hydration

Maintain your skin's supple softness with moisture-rich daily products. Crucially, look for those that hydrate without adding stickiness - the last thing you'll want during the hot summer months. Cowshed's Active Body Oil locks in moisture with a blend of Lemongrass, Ginger and Rosemary oils, while the nourishing base of Grapeseed and Soybean oils deeply moisturises, softening dry skin.

5. Don’t neglect nourishment

An essential part of caring for your skin in the summer months? After-sun, and lots of it. Look for a formula that's equal parts cooling and restorative; you'll want something that soothes parched skin while also helping to repair it. The Summer Refreshing After-Sun Lotion fits the bill. Infused with calming aloe vera and CBD, this lightweight lotion is also made with Hydranellys - an extract from the Chinese resurrection plant selaginella - to restore water and lipid balance for intense hydration. All that, plus a refreshing (but not overpowering) scent of Sweet Orange, Spearmint and Magnolia.

Shop the full Cowshed Summer range here.