Sun-Kissed Beauty: Our TOP 3 DIY Summer Skincare Secrets!

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If you’re anything like us, using the same skincare again and again definitely doesn't scratch the itch for a summer revamp. A minimalistic and effective routine is all that your skin needs (Hello Empress Naturals’ Serum Set) but a little pampering here and there, hurts no one! 

We love using simple ingredients to make effective DIY recipes to give our skin a refresh, especially now that summer is approaching. This includes a diy natural sunscreen for the summer as well.

We asked our team members for their holy-grail ‘kitchen to skin’ DIY recipes and their favorite hacks to use Empress products to their maximum potential in the summer. Their secret for glowing and radiant skin is out! We really wanted to share it with you so you can enter this summer season with the best sun and skincare! A diy natural sunscreen to enjoy the sun worry-free.

Read on to learn more about skin-friendly summer ingredients. You can introduce these into your skincare routine. The list includes a diy natural sunscreen as well as some perfectly curated recipes for face masks, lip masks and after-sun care! 

TOP 3 DIY Summer Skincare Secrets


Aloe Vera

A widely used and incredibly revered ingredient in the summer that soothes sunburn, hydrates the skin, and reduces inflammation.

Aloe vera gel contains bioactive compounds like polysaccharides and antioxidants that promote wound healing and possess anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts as a natural moisturizer, preventing skin dehydration which is perfect to help achieve that naturally glowing look. 

Green Tea

Green tea protects against sun damage, rejuvenates the skin, fights signs of aging; all incredible benefits for those with mature skin.

It is rich in polyphenols, particularly catechins, which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds help protect the skin from harmful UV radiation and assist in reducing redness and irritation caused by sun exposure. 

Coconut Oil

Moisturizes the skin, provides a protective barrier and nourishes dry skin, coconut oil is power packed with fatty acids for your body’s skin to soothe and rehydrate. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has strong emollient properties. It is a must-have in your summer skincare.

These fatty acids help reinforce the skin's natural lipid barrier, preventing moisture loss and keeping the skin supple and hydrated, replenishing your skin after a long day at the beach. 

Citrus Fruits (e.g., lemons, oranges)

Brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, provides a refreshing and rehydrating sensation. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis.

This vitamin helps reduce hyperpigmentation, promote a more even skin tone, and impart a youthful glow. Always add it in your summer skincare.


Moisturizes, soothes, and nourishes the skin; honey also helps fight hyperpigmentation and inflammation.

Honey possesses antimicrobial properties due to its low pH, enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide, and the presence of certain plant compounds. These properties contribute to its ability to inhibit bacterial growth, making it beneficial for acne-prone skin.

TOP 3 DIY Summer Skincare Secrets


DIY Natural Sunscreen

Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil are definitely holy grails in the armor of any organic skincare expert. To make your own sunscreen, you'll need the following.


  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil (with a sun protection factor (SPF) of approximately 7)
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) of powdered zinc oxide
  • 1/4 cup of pure aloe vera gel (make sure it's at least 50% pure aloe)
  • 25 drops of walnut extract oil (for scent and an additional SPF boost)
  • 1 cup (or less) of shea butter (to achieve a spreadable consistency)


  • Combine all the ingredients, except the zinc oxide and aloe vera gel, in a medium saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the shea butter and oils have melted together.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes before stirring in the aloe vera gel.
  • Let the mixture cool completely before adding the zinc oxide. Stir well to ensure the zinc oxide is evenly distributed. If you prefer a stickier consistency, you can incorporate beeswax or another waxy substance.
  • Transfer the sunscreen to a glass jar and store it in a cool, dry place until you're ready to use it.

Disclaimer: Remember, this diy natural sunscreen should be used as a supplementary option and not as a substitute for commercially available sunscreens. It's important to conduct a patch test before applying it to your entire body and to reapply frequently for adequate sun protection.

DIY Natural Radiance Face Mask 


  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder (brightens and evens out skin tone)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (moisturizes and soothes the skin)
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt (exfoliates and nourishes)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (reduces dark spots and blemishes)


In a small bowl, combine turmeric powder and raw honey. Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant known for its skin-brightening properties. It helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and promotes an even skin tone.

Add plain yogurt to the mixture. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which acts as a natural exfoliant. It gently removes dead skin cells, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion. Yogurt also provides nourishment and hydration to the skin.

Squeeze in fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps fade dark spots and blemishes. It brightens the skin and promotes a youthful glow.


  • Combine all ingredients together
  • Start with a clean face, free from makeup or impurities.
  • Using clean fingers or a brush, apply the mask evenly to your face, avoiding the delicate eye area.
  • Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes to allow the ingredients to work their magic.
  • Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water, gently massaging your skin in circular motions for added exfoliation.
  • Pat your skin dry and follow up with your regular moisturizer.

Disclaimer: Due to the vibrant yellow color of turmeric, be cautious as it can temporarily stain your skin or clothing. It's recommended to perform a patch test before applying the mask to your face, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies.


At Empress Naturals, we believe in year-round skin protection and healing. Our skincare line is meticulously formulated to cater to the specific needs of mature skin.

Our mission is to provide you with 100% pure and organic skincare products that make you feel incredible in your own skin. We prioritize ingredients sourced directly from nature, ensuring ageless radiance and luminous skin without exposing your precious skin to the thousands of toxic ingredients that are still legally used in many products. 

In fact, our products, including the revered Rosehip Seed Oil, are safe to use even during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, although we recommend consulting with a medical professional.

Rest assured, our products are non-toxic, clean, USDA Certified Organic, and Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free. We carefully cultivate our ingredients from sustainable farms worldwide, without the use of hazardous preservatives. 

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