The Complete Guide to Summer Skincare

The Complete Guide to Summer Skincare

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In the summer, we all have more skin on show, but if the thought of baring your skin fills you with dread, you need to prioritise getting your skin summer ready and that involves having a smart skincare routine and undoing any neglect from the winter.

Here’s the complete guide to summer skincare, so you can have great looking skin to show off all summer long;

Changing your skincare routine in the summer

We all love the warmer weather, but it brings with it a whole new set of skincare challenges. Pores can get clogged from sweating and the skin produces more oil, which leads to breakouts. And then there’s the dreaded sunburn.

Summer skincare essentials for the face


Cleansing is the first step in any skincare routine, and as you will more than likely find that your skin is oilier in summer, you should switch to a gel or foaming cleanser. Cleanse twice daily and follow it up with a good toner. Don’t over cleanse though, even if your skin feels oily, as this will strip your skin of its natural oils and the glands will only produce more oil!


Whatever your skin type, you should always moisturise. Use an appropriate moisturiser for your skin type, and in the summer, think about switching to a light water-based moisturiser. If you have a problem with acne or general breakouts, look for a moisturiser with ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label, which means that it won’t clog pores.


Using a sunscreen and moisturiser with SPF is important year-round but it’s extra important in summer as you will most likely be spending more time outside, and the sun’s rays are far stronger.

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply it 20- 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply it every 2 hours, and more often if you are sweating a lot or swimming.

Facial scrubs and masks

Exfoliating can help to buff away dead, sun damaged skin cells. Choose a gentle scrub for the face, and use it once per week if you have dry skin, and twice per week if your skin is oilier.

Gel face masks will boost hydration but they won’t leave skin oily, and they are also great at soothing sunburn if they contain ingredients like aloe.

Summer skincare tips for the body


This is the key to super soft skin. If you don’t buff away dead skin it can look dull and dry. So hit the shower, take a handful of a good body scrub and massage it into your skin in a circular motion, concentrating on the bits where skin tends to be rougher, like the knees and elbows. Use a scrub 2-3 times per week.

Hydrate your skin

Forget the thick body butters and invest in a light summery scented lotion, which will absorb quickly. Moisturise as soon as you get out of the shower to seal in moisture.

Get a summer glow

If you read my last blog, you’ll be an expert on how to get the perfect spray tan by now! But a sunless tan is the only way to get glowing skin without the risk of burning or getting skin cancer. Gradual self-tans are another good choice, and they have the added benefit of hydrating your skin too. Just remember that spray tans and self-tans don’t contain SPF, so they won’t protect your skin from the sun.

Treat your feet!

If you haven’t as much as looked at your feet since the winter, it’s time to assess the damage. Use a foot scrub or foot file to get rid of any hard skin, then choose a bold nail varnish. You can generally get away with brighter colours on your toenails, and polish tends to last longer. Apply a base coat, 2 coats of your nail colour, then a top coat to protect the colour and add shine. When your nails are dry, slather on a rich moisturiser. For extra soft feet when you wake up, moisturise before bed, and pop a pair of socks on. To learn how to treat a client’s feet the professional way, have a look at our pedicure course.

And it’s not all about products…

The best way to nourish your skin is from the inside, so take advantage of the warmer weather, and fill up on fruit and salads which are packed with antioxidants and vitamins for healthy skin. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and your skin will thank you!

Knowing how to help a client to look and feel their best is the most important part of a therapist’s job. If you want to help clients to look and feel amazing, and build up your skills, why not consider doing our 6 Day Beauty Specialist Diploma, which covers beauty treatments from head to toe?

How To Prepare for a Spray Tan


We all love the sun, but we also know that there is no safe way to tan in the sun. In the long-term, too much exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, wrinkles, and it can increase your risk of skin cancer.

But if you love a tan, why not try a spray tan? They are great for a special occasion or a night out, and you can achieve the ‘just been on holiday’ look, minus the skin damage.

The key to a beautiful spray tan is preparing your skin, and following a few easy tips to maintain your tan for as long as possible.

Here’s how to prepare for a spray tan:

Before your spray tan…

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Buff away any rough, dry skin the day before your spray tan, as this will help to create a nice smooth surface for your tan. If you don’t exfoliate, your tan might look patchy once it starts to fade, and the tan will appear darker on the rougher areas. Concentrate on the areas where the skin is usually roughest, like elbows, knees, and ankles. Exfoliating will also make your tan last longer.

Wax or shave the day before, or sooner

If you are getting a wax, try and get it at least 24 hours before your spray tan, ideally 48 hours, to allow your pores to close properly. If you don’t leave enough time after hair removal, the tan can sit in your pores and leave you looking blotchy, and it can also cause irritation.

Moisturise the day before

This will treat any dryness and will provide a nice smooth base for your tan.

Leave the skin product free on the day

Shower before your spray tan, but don’t apply any moisturisers, perfume, deodorant, or makeup. These can form a barrier and prevent the skin from absorbing the tan, and you can end up with light patches.

If you really need to, use a baby wipe to wipe your underarms or to wipe off make up when you reach the salon.

Wear dark, loose clothing

Some of the guide colour of the tan can rub off on tight fitting clothes, so avoid tight waistbands and straps. Any stains won’t show up on dark clothing. And go bra-less if you can, for the same reason!

Plan ahead

Try to have your spray tan done 1 or 2 days before your special event or night out. This gives the tan time to settle, and it generally looks best a day or so after it has been done.

At the salon…

Don’t wear your best lingerie! You’ll usually be provided with a lovely paper thong for your treatment.

Ask any questions you need to, though the therapist will be able to advise you on what depth of tan will suit you most and give you tips on aftercare.

After your spray tan…

To maintain your tan, follow these tips:

  • Follow the instructions your therapist gives you about when you can have a shower. The tan needs time to absorb into the skin. When you do have a shower, it’s normal to see some colour washing off. This is usually just the colour or cosmetic bronzer, it’s not your tan washing off.
  • Don’t moisturise your skin until you have had your first shower, as this can cause streaking. But moisturising daily after this can help to maintain your tan.
  • Don’t exercise until after your first shower. Sweating will make your tan fade quicker, especially in the body fold areas.
  • Don’t exfoliate for at least 48 hours after your treatment. After this, you can exfoliate, but do so gently. Don’t rub skin dry when you get out of the shower, pat it dry gently.
  • If you are sun-bathing, remember to wear a sunscreen. A spray tan does not offer any protection from the sun.

Now you know the secrets to getting the perfect spray tan, why not enrol on our spray tanning course so you can help others to achieve their dream golden glow? Many people start their own business offering spray tanning, because it’s a perfect feel-good treatment to offer clients, and it’s very cost effective.





About Essential Beauty Training Academy

Where it all began…

Stephanie Holland <br>Academy Tutor and Beauty Therapist
Stephanie Holland Academy Tutor
and Beauty Therapist

From starting her training in 1996, Steph Holland’s passion for beauty therapy kept on growing, and she hasn’t looked back.

Her work took her around the world where she worked with clients on 5* cruise ships and in prestigious salons and health spas. After honing her skills in these roles, and working freelance for companies and charities in the North East, Steph decided that her next step would be to start working for herself.

From humble beginnings operating from the back of a tanning salon in 2005, Steph grew her business enough to be able to open her own premises.

A desire to share her wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in beauty therapy led her into teaching others to do the job she loves so much.

She gained her Certificate of Education from Sunderland University and began working as the head of a high school beauty department. She loved teaching so much she was inspired to set up her own business, the Essential Beauty Training Academy, based in Ashington, Northumberland.

“I remember when I started beauty therapy training back in 1996, I really lacked confidence,” Steph recalls, “I have a real empathy for the students I teach because I know what it feels like when you think you can’t quite get the hang of something. Having a patient and supportive mentor makes all the difference to the learning experience.”

Steph brings over 20 year’s industry experience to her teaching and a real desire to help every student learn beauty therapy skills in a supportive environment.

“I want to help every single person that comes through the door gain confidence in developing their beauty therapy skills,” says Steph, “whether they are a seasoned professional looking to upskill or a complete beginner.”

Every beauty therapy course taught at the Essential Beauty Training Academy is run by Steph or one of her fully qualified consultants, and she aims to keep standards high and classes small, so that the environment feels as relaxed and informal as possible.

“I like to deliver exceptional beauty therapy training to all of my learners and help them to build confidence and feel at ease,” says Steph, “I promise everyone that they will come away feeling confident in their new skills.”

The personal approach to training offered by the Essential Beauty Training Academy, coupled with the benefits of having a tutor who still works as a hands on therapist in her salon makes for a fantastic professional learning environment.

With a range of comprehensive beauty therapy training courses and a full programme of beauty treatments available, plus plans to expand what is Northumberland’s only beauty therapy training academy in the near future, Steph’s love affair with all things beauty looks set to continue.

Not bad for someone who never wanted to own their own business or teach…