Well-Being & Self Care

7 Summer Self Care Tips + FREE Self Care Challenge

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We all know I’m big on self care by now. I’ve published many different types of self care related content, including self care in 10 minutes or less, basic self care and how to bring self care BACK into your life when you’ve been neglecting yourself. I love creating this type of content because you can really hone in on self care for one specific thing. Because self care looks different, to different people, depending on a number of factors. Today I’m sharing another self care specific post which focuses on Summer self care in particular!

Summer Self Care

Tell you the truth, I’ve never been a HUGE fan of Summer. In fact I wrote an entire blog post about reasons why I hate Summer. I’ve been learning to enjoy it and appreciate it more over the last couple of year – in particular since my anxiety disorder improved – but it’s still not my favourite season. I’ll always be an Autumn gal at heart.

But, the thing with seasons is that we can’t avoid them. Unless we’re perpetually moving around the globe to avoid the sun. So we either learn to enjoy the Summer or suck it up until it’s over. I’m leaning more towards the latter here.

But that’s the thing with self care as well, it’s a yearlong thing. It’s not just exclusively for when we’re going through a break up or when we’ve lost our job. Self care is for ALL THE TIME and the more we practice that, the better. But of course the beauty is, is that it’s adaptable. To situations. To circumstances. To seasons.

So today I want to share some specific Summer self care tips that we should take on board this Summer, next Summer and every Summer after that!

Drink enough water. If you don’t like water – find something you do like!

Let’s start at the very basic level of self care here and talk about HYDRATION. Goddamn. I think a lot of people would find they feel much better in the Summer months if they upped their water intake. But it certainly can be a struggle for some. My Mum doesn’t like plain water – I don’t understand it myself but if you don’t like it, you don’t like it.

But in the Summer, when it reaches dizzying temperatures outside (anyone else remember the day of Summer 2019 that hit 38 degrees?) you HAVE to drink water. Like, you really don’t have a choice in the matter because dehydration is dangerous. A good option for those who don’t like plain water is water infusions, flavoured water or squash.

Take care of your skin

Boy oh boy, I could bang on about this point alllll day. Your skin is your biggest organ. It’s your canvas. Your bodies protector. Your skin does SO MUCH for you yet you repay it by letting it sizzle and dry up in the sun and accelerate it’s chances of getting a life-threatening illness? Heck no.

Seriously folks, look after your skin. A little Vitamin D never hurt anyone but be sensible with your sun exposure. Make sure you’re using the right sunscreen for you, staying out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day and checking your skin regularly. If you ARE desperate for a tan, fake tan is the way to go!

Which brings me nicely onto BALIBODY, the natural tanning oil and skincare brand so you can have that gorgeous glowing tan without damaging your skin at the same time!

Summer Self Care Tips

Bali Body

Bali Body Tanning Mitt

I was kindly sent some BALIBODY products to try out and feature in this post and just for context, I am A HUGE FAKE TAN FAN. I’m from Essex, so what do you expect? I’ve loved fake tan ever since my teens and definitely went through a bit of an obsessive phase with it. Luckily I came out of the other side of that and now I’m all about natural looking self tanning products that are easy to apply with a radiant finish. The products that I were sent were:

So I started with the self tanning mousse. Earlier in the day I shaved my legs, exfoliated and moisturized so I was all prepped for the tan. First of all, I have a confession. I’ve NEVER used a tanning mitt. So using this mitt was like seeing a unicorn for me. The mitt is SO SOFT and makes applying tan so easy. The mousse itself is lovely to apply. It comes and by using the mitt in long, sweeping, motions, it avoids any unnecessary streaks.

The face tan water is great because you use it within your skincare routine like a toner and apply with a cotton pad. So there’s no extra time wasted applying this. It’s completely clear and develops over 6 hours and gave my face a lovely, subtle glow. I definitely looked like I’d been out in the sun.

I *may* have left the tanning mousse on for a little longer than suggested (like, 10 hours longer) so it came out VERY dark but I’m not mad because I love a good tan! There were a couple of patchy bits but I think that’s more down to my inexperience in using a mitt than anything else. I love the colour and the finish and I will 100% be using this and purchasing this going forward. Definitely one of the best tans I’ve used and I’ve used a LOT.

Stay away from diet culture and content that makes you feel bad about yourself

Summer is a great time for magazines, publications and weight loss programs to drill into you the importance of getting “bikini body ready”. Well you know what? If you have a body and put it in a bikini… you’re bikini body ready. Diet culture is rife at two different times of year: January and Summer. So if you suffer from low self esteem or are particularly affected by these things, it’s a good idea to limit what you see on social media, block, mute and unfollow anyone or anything that makes you feel bad about yourself.

Invest in a goddamn fan

A nice bit of practical advice here for you and that’s INVEST IN A FAN. Let this be your yearly reminder. God, I love a fan. We have like, a billion fans in our house. And here in Britain, the land of panic buying (see COVID 2k20 as an example), fans get out of stock pretty damn quick. So pick one up ASAP.

Wake up earlier in the Summer

A good Summer self care tip that I’m a big advocate for is waking up early. I’m an early bird anyway and spoke about my morning routine here – so hopefully that gives you some tips on how to wake up earlier. But I find the Summer is the perfect time to wake up early. When it’s cooler outside, it’s brighter in the morning and your’re able to really make the most of the day.

Slow down and give yourself time to do nothing

If and when you can, I urge you to slow down this Summer. We’re always so damn busy. Especially in Summer when everyone and their Nan are having a BBQ. Not having many plans one week is OKAY. And spending time in the garden, listening to a podcast or some music, sipping on cocktails, is OKAY. It’s okay to slow down and watch the world pass by in the Summer.

Follow along to a Summer self care challenge

If self care doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t worry, I got your back too. Below you’ll find a fun 30 day Summer self care challenge that you can follow along to, to ensure you’re fitting in at least one small self care activity every day during the Summer!

Summer Self Care Challenge

How do YOU look after yourself more in the Summer? What Summer self care tips do you have to share? Will you be trying the Summer self care challenge? Let me know!

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97 Comments

  1. Love these tips! I particularly need to work on slowing down and looking after my skin so thanks for the reminder!

    1. You’re welcome 🙂

  2. Love the tip about waking up earlier in summer – it’s definitely easier than getting up early in winter when it’s still dark outside! I always leave a crack in my shutters to let the sun in as it’s rising – makes it so much easier to wake up naturally early than waking up to my horrid iPhone alarm! lol x

    1. It really is. And that’s a great way to wake up earlier!

  3. Great tips! The water point especially, sooooo important! I always fill a big jug with tap water and throw some orange or lemon slices or cucumber there to bring some flavour to it. People should really try that because not liking water should never be a reason to not drink it. Our bodies don’t function without it. My skin reacts immediately if I go couple days without drinking water, so that keeps me on track 😀 Also, the point about us allowing ourselves some time off from excelling in life is so important. Especially on hot days when our bodies focus on nothing but keeping us alive. There’s no energy to spare for anything harder than just existing then 😉 xx

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

    1. I totally agree, not liking water is so excuse at all because there’s always a way around it!

  4. Wait, do you normally tan with just your hands?? You’ve never used a mitt? I need a thorough breakdown of every tiny detail of your regular routine please. I feel like people are forever judging me when I say I hate summer but other than light nights there’s nothing I like about it at all. Remembering to take care of your skin is so important! x

    Sophie

    1. I’ve NEVER used a mitt until now haha! I love the light nights but hate Summer. And my fake tan routine used to be put it on with my hands then wash my hands afterwards? Didn’t think that was weird?!

  5. I’ve seen great reviews about BaliBody but I never used it as I’m naturally tanned. During summer I usually getup earlier than during the rest of the years. This lets me enjoy my breakfast and do some cleaning before I meet my friends. Enjoy your summer ♡
    fleetinggyal.blogspot.com

    1. Sounds perfect!

  6. These are some excellent tips! Also need to get my hands on that tan – I think I’m one of the palest people in existence!

    Tash – https://www.agirlwithview.co.uk/

    1. It’s sooo good!

  7. I absolutely loved using Bali Body, like you, I ended up with a couple of patchy parts, but that was also because of me, not the tan! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. It definitely takes so practice – I absolutely LOVE it!

  8. It’s good to learned about fake tan products. In Malaysia, we don’t need fake tan products because it’s summer all time. Plus, we Malaysian love to have fair skin.

    1. True! It’s rare we can get a tan over in the UK with our Summers!

  9. I am not a big fan of summer but I definitely love the vibe and energy I feel in the summer and hotter days. I am so bad at drinking water but it’s definitely something I need to get better at. it’s crucial! Wonderful post btw! ❤️🌿

    1. Thank you lovely!

  10. I’m a huge fan of summer either myself, but it’s sonewhat growing on me. I’ve been waking up early and have been liking that so far! x

    1. Definitely one of the perks of Summer!

  11. I rarely fake tan but I keep hearing so much about this brand! I definitely need to give it a try this summer xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Yesss you should, they’re amazing!

  12. These are some fantastic tips – thank you for sharing. I’ve just invested in a fan because OH MY DAYS it was warm and sticky when that recent heatwave hit us without one! I’m more of a autumn/winter gal myself and find summer self care really difficult; but will use your tips! Great post x

    Paige // Paige Eades

    1. Oh my God I can’t imagine not having a fan!

  13. Great post! Recently I’ve been trying to drink more water! Also I got a fan last year and I’m so glad because it’s amazing!

    1. SO glad! I couldn’t imagine Summer without a million fans haha!

  14. Invest in a fan has to be THE best summer tip, last week was horrendous, even by my standards and I LOVE the heat! I also love your point about giving ourselves permission to do nothing. That’s the thing I find hardest to do, I always feel so guilty about being unproductive. I’ve never tried any Bali Body products but I’ve heard lots of good things about them. I’d love to try the tanning water for a healthy glow. Gorgeous photos btw! xxx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Thanks Lisa! The tanning water is amazing, would highly recommend!

  15. I am loving these tips. A fan was a godsend last week, although it sounds like a lawnmower which make sleeping a little difficult. Maybe time to invest in a new one!

    I am looking for a good self tanner for the wedding, I have not had the best experience with professional spray tans but I need colour on my wedding day as my wedding dress washes me out without it.

    Look forward to downloading the challenge and joining in x

    1. Definitely try these, they’re fab! I hope you enjoy the challenge, let me know how you get on!

  16. Great tips, I have never been a big fan of summer either, and last one here was extra bad (in Aus) autumn, spring and winter all the way 👌

    1. Oh Christ, I can’t imagine how hot it must get there!

  17. I’ve never selftanned myself as I’m naturally tanned, but I’ve heard many good opinions on BaliBody. In summer I wake up earlier than the usual, but ir doesn’t bother me! I enjoy that me-time. I’ve always owned a fan too, because despite of living in the north of Spain, the temperatures can get really high in August. Enjoy your summer!
    fleetinggyal.blogspot.com

  18. Waking up earlier in the summer is such a great tip! It’s also so much easier to wake up early along with the longer days. And so much more fun to have! haha

    1. It really is 🙂

  19. Rhi // The Violet Journal says:

    I had never owned a fan until a few months ago and I don’t know how I lived without it! I had it on for the entirety of those two really hot days last week – potentially the peak of technology for me 😂

    1. WHAT! I can’t believe that!

  20. I find it much easier to wake up earlier during the summer and I’m doing my best to drink more water given the hotter weather we’ve been having. I found water enhancers are really helpful at encouraging me to drink more! Great tips, thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    1. They can be a huge help for those that don’t enjoy water that much!

  21. sunshinesarahxo says:

    Yes Summer is pretty difficult isn’t it? I’m not really a fan as I get miserable & sweaty not to mention burnt! 😂🔥☀😎

    I try not to feel guilty if I stay inside when the weather’s hot – I’m looking after myself during a seasons which doesn’t agree with me!

    Thanks for the tips Jenny xo

    1. People making you feel guilty for staying inside when the weather is hot are the WORST!

  22. Tanning can be such a long process but I think it can be self-care when you are doing it to make yourself feel great and confident! I love taking time to moisturise my body, especially when I have been out in the sun which is something I love doing in the Summer!

    1. It really can, I agree! If you love doing it then the time it takes isn’t too bad!

  23. Love this post! As it’s a very tricky week for me I will make sure I do lots of these things!

    1. Glad to hear it!

  24. We are well stocked up on fans this year, I tend to be happy drinking lots of water in summer, but find it a problem in winter, where I just want to drink nice hot tea.

    I’m in on the challenge, though I have to say I’m looking forward to painting my nails, more than I am getting up at 6:30 to exercise 😰

  25. I love all your tips, I will definitely be trying out waking up early and give myself time out to do nothing. The tanning products look great 👍🏾

    1. Thank you 🙂

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