4 skin clearing hacks to beat sinful skin this summer

Hannah Pownall

The Guide Editor

Hannah is our resident Editor of The Guide. Having worked across various beauty brands, as well as 7 years experience as a makeup artist, she brings a mix of journalism with real beauty knowledge.

"My top tips, to get you through the heat and get beautifully glowing skin this summer"

Summer has arrived bringing with it all our favourite things like warm nights, long beach days, maxi dresses, rosé in the afternoon and extended holidays. Along with all the amazing things this fabulous season has to offer, it also requires you to pay extra attention to your skin. The heat of the sun, UV rays, wind and pollution can all wreak havoc on our skin. Then there’s the constant fluctuation in temperatures, like going from a cool air-conditioned room into the searing hot sun and not to mention the general sweating from the heat.

This all can contribute to a skin disaster and cause issues from clogged pores and breakouts, to dull, dry and rough skin. The worst part is that this is the season when we generally want to be makeup free and low maintenance. This is why I’ve pulled together my top tips, to get you through the heat and get beautifully glowing skin this summer.

Water, water and more water

Our bodies are made up of 50-60% water. Pretty crazy! This is why it’s so important that we replenish our bodies with as much hydration and fluid as we can. Being dehydrated not only affects our skin (causing dark circles, dull skin tone and fine lines), it also puts stress on our vital organs and doesn’t let your body flush out toxins. Keep up your water intake, and also treat yourself to other fluids like coconut water, fresh fruit juices and green tea (try it iced!). Fluids will help to detoxify the skin, and keep it clear, plump and dewy.

Sun Protection

This is a no-brainer in Australia during summer, but we need to remember that this doesn’t just mean SPF – it also means covering up with a hat, long sleeves and staying out of the direct sun in the middle of the day. The sun not only causes damage to the skin like burning, tanning, and in the worst case, skin cancers, it also dehydrates and dries out our skin. Always opt for at least SPF 15 or higher, and remember to re-apply every 2 hours.


You are what you eat, and this can really show on your face. Chinese medicine and naturopathy are even able to link where certain breakouts and dehydration lines on your face are from what you’re eating. Foods high in salt can further dehydrate skin, so preferably opt for foods that are high in water content like watermelon, cucumber, lettuce, coconuts, green vegetables – the list goes on! Any foods high in anti-oxidants will also help take care of your body inside and out.


Even though the weather is warmer and the humidity increases, it’s still really important to moisturise. You always need to protect the outer layers of your skin, and replenish the lost moisture from the heat and air conditioning. If you’re finding your moisturiser feels too heavy, opt for an oil-free version and try applying to damp skin after your shower as your skin is more receptive and will absorb the product much better. Try the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Airlicium Moisturiser if your skin is combination to oily as it really helps control shine and tackle the appearance of pores. Another great option over summer is the Garnier BB Cream. Not only is it a great lightweight moisturizer, it’s also a sunscreen, corrector and foundation all-in-one, for natural looking coverage and a healthy glow. You can literally apply it after cleansing for a great beauty shortcut!

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