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How To Protect Your Skin This Summer

Summer has well and truly begun, the recent heatwave that we’ve experienced in the UK has confirmed it! An increase in temperature means we have to adapt to how we look after our skin. The sun and heat can damage and irritate the skin, so it’s important to know how to look after and protect your skin, and keep it healthy this summer season.

Here at Westlab, we’re dedicated to providing skin-friendly bath & shower products that not only hydrate your skin, but help protect it too. Below are some of the ways you can practise summer skincare and give your skin the treatment it deserves.


Prevent skin dehydration

Aside from the obvious need to increase your fluid intake over the summer months to keep your mind and body healthy, there are also extra measures you can take to keep your skin hydrated too.

Adding our Dead Sea or Himalayan Bath salts to a cooler bath at the end of a long, hot day can work wonders to refresh the skin while also keeping it hydrated. We’re not saying you need to endure an ice bath here - just turn the temperature down slightly to around 36-37°C  (we like to describe it as paddling pool temperature - remember how good that felt as a kid?)

Both our Himalayan Salt and Dead Sea Salt are abundant in the skin hydrating mineral Potassium, so you’ll leave the bath feeling silky-smooth, soft and hydrated. To ensure you lock the moisture in after your bath we advise that you gently pat your skin with a towel and then apply moisturiser or oil while it’s still slightly damp. It’s like giving your skin a long, cool drink at the end of a hot day.


Protect your skin's natural barrier 

Using harsh chemicals in your skin can disrupt its natural barrier, which can result in dry, irritated, inflamed skin. To avoid this, you should be using products that do not contain SLES/SLES (sodium lauryl / laureth sulphate), as these common, inexpensive lathering agents are known to dry out the skin and affect its natural barrier. 

All of our bath and shower products are free from SLS/SLES, and actively help to cleanse, nourish, and protect your skin. Our bath salts do not contain any harmful chemicals and actually help soften your bathwater. Our shower gels are kind to the skin barrier, dermatologically tested and suitable for the whole family. They also double-up as a luxurious bath foam to use alongside our salts.


Be safe with your SPF

One of the most important things you can do for your skin this summer is protect it from the sun. Wearing SPF protects your skin from the harmful UV rays that can damage your skin and cause risks to your health.

However with so much conflicting information and changes to guidelines, it can be difficult to know what are the safest SPF choices for you and your family. Luckily, cosmetic safety experts EWG have recently published an easily digestible Guide to Safer Sunscreens which you can download HERE. They also have some great resources on their sun health pages where you can search for specific sunscreen info and read their full report.

For more information about our bath salts and summer skincare, feel free to get in touch with our team. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you may have.

Our skincare bundle is a great place to start for naturally healthy, glowing skin. Skincare heroes Dead Sea and Himalayan Salts together with our multi award-winning Dead Sea bath and shower gel.