summer skin essentials

Summer is officially here and while our skin is out and about, soaking in that delicious vitamin D, we definitely want to make sure our skin is looking FINE and FRESH during these summer months. Here are our top five tips for revealing your inner skin glow. 


Drinking plenty of water all year long is important, but especially so in the summer months when we are sweating more and our fluids need to be replenished. Drinking infused water definitely tastes amazing and makes drinking water more interesting. Here are some infused water recipes we love at PAYARU:

Strawberry, lemon, and basil water 

  • 1 L cold water (or with ice)
  • 2 strawberries, stemmed and sliced 
  • ½ lemon, thinly sliced into circles 
  • A couple leaves of fresh basil

Kiwi and lime water

  • 1 L cold water (or with ice)
  • ½ kiwi, sliced 
  • ½  lime, thinly sliced into circles 

Cantaloupe, cucumber, and mint water

  • 1 L cold water (or with ice)
  • Handful of cantaloup, cubed
  • Handful of cucumber,  thinly sliced into circles 
  • A couple leaves of fresh mint



Hot showers can really dry out your skin, especially in the summertime. Make sure you are taking a cool, lukewarm or warm shower (not hot) instead. 


‘Nough said. Here are two DIY moisturizer recipes we like to use at PAYARU:

Coco bliss 

  • 1 tbs coconut oil 
  • 1 tbs almond oil

Combine these ingredients in a bowl or container and lather it all over your body. 

Whipped body butter  (make ahead)

  • 3/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Melt both ingredients in a double boiler or in a bowl over boiling water. Make sure to constantly stir until it is well combined and the cocoa butter is thoroughly melted. Then, once the contents are cooled, place the bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Once it is partially frozen, take your electric mixer and whip the butter for 3-5 minutes until it is fluffy. You should store this a cool cabinet away from the heat, as it will melt otherwise.


You can exfoliate in two main ways:

  • chemically 
  • physically 

Chemical exfoliants are typically acids (you may have heard of glycolic acid, lactic acid, etc) that help remove dead skin cells. 

Physical exfoliants make use of tiny granules in the product to literally (and gently!) scrub away at the dead skin cells. 

At PAYARU, we prefer physical exfoliation. We prefer this method because:

  1. we don't want any chemical interactions that may occur with other products you may use
  2. we LOVE how gently exfoliating your face brings blood circulation through the face, nourishing the skin cells
  3. it's much more gentle on the skin, if you use the right stuff! 

Check out our absolute favorite, gentle, effective face scrubs here.


We have written a blog post about my grandmother-approved homemade masks over here. Over there, you will find seven Do-It-Yourself recipes, including a brightening papaya mask and a moisturizing avocado mask, with skin nourishing ingredients found in your pantry. 

Be sure to check that out! 

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