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Dealing with sweaty, summer skin.

The recent extreme weather events have certainly taken up a lot of our time and attention over the past month. It seems that now, hopefully, things are starting to calm down and settle back into some semblance of normalcy. It feels like the season has fallen back into its usual habit too, with ‘real’ summer weather hitting us here in Brisbane. I’m talking about scorching heat, burning sunshine, humidity that saps your desire to move and evening storms that cool everything down … before it all starts again in the morning.

I don’t know about you, but at this time of year my shine-factor can be a real problem. When it’s so humid throughout the day and sweating in the shade is not optional, it’s hard to be free of that shiny summer sheen. One of the simplest – and in my opinion most pleasant – ways to combat this is by using rose water. Put your moisturiser to one side, you don’t need it at the moment.

Each morning and evening, after cleansing, spritz your face and decolletage with enough rose water to leave your skin feeling moist and fresh. Don’t rub it in, just let it soak gradually into your skin over several minutes.

The rose water will act as a gentle astringent and toner, but without drying the skin like some other astringents can – such as Witch hazel. This will help to keep your skin fresh and elastic without over-moisturising, which will result in a sweaty-looking shine. By doing this morning and night, you are encouraging your skin to maintain a natural balance of oils, without having to heft on matte powders and other products that provide a barrier to oil, but can clog the skin – causing more problems down the track. My advice: avoid that!

What’s more, rose water smells beautiful – which means you will too. It’s a by-product of the steam distillation process used to extract rose oil from the flower’s petals. The water’s scent is much milder than the oil, but incredibly lovely and light.

If you’re in the mood for some more easy home skin care, I would also highly recommend taking a look at this salt scrub recipe by the Wellness Ninja – it’s quick, easy and leaves your skin feeling like silk. Do it.

Some great places to get good-quality rosewater locally include Handmade Naturals and Perfect Potion. There are also a number of health food shops, pharmacies and beauty salons that will have it in stock. Just ask around!

About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

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