Tips for Beautiful Summer Skin
Every year, summers take a toll on the skin. The scorching heat, pollution, humidity, wipes it off the natural glow and sometimes invites infections. To avoid all these hassles and to keep your skin radiating like before, here are the easy-peasy tips you can follow this season.
Make water your best friend
At least 8 glasses of water are needed. If possible, carry a water bottle with you and remember to drink at least once every 30 min. Water not only helps you feel fresh, but it also prevents dehydration and will help wash out a lot of toxins.
Lemon & Mint Detox Water
8 ounces of water, distilled, spring, or purified (room temperature)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Slices of Lemon
3 whole mint leaves, do not chop or tear
Add all the above ingredients to a pretty glass with Ice cubes, stir and Enjoy!
Lemon Iced Tea
4 cups water
1 cup sugar (optional)
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
8 tea bags
1 cup lemon juice
Measure sugar and place in large mixing bowl with 1 cup lemon juice and baking soda. Stir to blend. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and place tea bags in the pan to steep for no more than 5 minutes. Remove the bags and discard, being sure not to squeeze the bags. This can release the tannin which causes your tea to taste bitter. Pour hot tea into sugar/lemon mixture and stir to mix well. Transfer into one gallon container and fill to the top with cold water. Refrigerate and serve over ice.
Exfoliate your body
The ground rule of basic skincare is to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just set in on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you’re never going to have glowing skin if you don’t exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down (you’ll want a facial exfoliator for your face and neck) and rinse clean. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin.
Remember Hair Care
The beating sun will hit your hair hard, but there are a number of sprays containing SPF that you can put on after you wash your hair. This is a must if your tresses have been chemically treated.
Another tip:Don’t over wash your hair as this can remove the oils that naturally protect it.
Be Kind to Your Face
Chemical peels, creams, scrubs, and other products containing glycolic acids and retinoids should not be used if you spend a lot of time in the sun: These treatments can make your skin more sun sensitive and cause more damage to your skin. If you must use them, wear a hat and sunscreen to protect your face. Follow this advice as well if you’re taking certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline, which also make you more prone to sunburn
Go for minimal make-up
During summers less make-up is best. Under the intolerant sun, natural looks are best. If you intend to use foundation then also apply face powder with SPF to avoid patchy skin. To protect your lips always use a gloss or a lip balm with an SPF of 15 to make your lips fresher. Eye make is something which should be very much avoided in summers.
Moisturize and Nourish With Oils
Elbows, feet, and ankles can get very dry, so try avocado oil to keep them healthy and smooth. Avocado oil not only moisturizes, but also has nourishing properties as it contains vitamin E.
Castor Oil can increase your eyebrow, eyelash growth, increase collagen in your skin, fight wrinkles, and get that glow to your skin and a whole lot more.
Don’t forget your feet
Winter boots have long since been packed away; it’s sandal season ladies. Either go or get a pedicure. You scrub off the dead dry skin to reveal your sandal ready feet. Nothing is worse than seeing dull dry feet inside cute sandals. It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. Keep a foot scrub and file in your shower and scrub your feet a few times a week. You’ll notice a big difference in the softness of your feet.
Perfect Sense Paraffin Treatment: Anti-aging and detoxifying skincare treatment. Deliver intense skin hydration, nourishment and pain relief. It contains an all-natural blend of anti-aging ingredients, combining white and green teas, grape seed oil and a potent mix cranberry, blueberry, goji berry and lingonberry. The Nourishment Blend combats free radicals and sun damage, leaving the skin looking and feeling younger, healthier and more vibrant.
Hydrate your body with a lotion
Find a summery lotion that you won’t forget to put on. It’s time to pack away your thick winter body butters for more light summery lotions. You don’t have time to wait for your lotion to sink in, so look for something light fast absorbing. Gels and purees are perfect fast absorbers. Nothing spells summer more than a light refreshing fruity lotion. Make sure you apply right after you dry off from your shower. You need to seal in the moisture your body just soaked in.
You Are What You Eat
Your skin needs lots of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, so check out your local farmer’s market for the freshest fare in summer fruits and vegetables. Foods rich in antioxidants and protein, such as fresh produce, fish, and eggs, can stimulate collagen growth, which keeps the skin elastic and helps prevent wrinkles.
Watermelon with Melon Salad
2 cups watermelon balls or chunks (1/2 watermelon)
2 cups cantaloupe balls or chunks (1/2 cantaloupe)
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (goat or sheep milk feta is best)
1/2 cup fresh chopped mint leaves
Using a melon ball spoon, make watermelon and cantaloupe balls or simply chop into bite size chunks.
Add them to a large serving bowl with blueberries.
In a small bowl whisk lemon juice and honey together.
Toss with fruit.
Add chopped mint.
Stir gently and refrigerate.
Serve chilled or room temperature.
Makes about 5 cups.
Mixed Berries Salad
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
8 ounces fresh Bing cherries, pitted
8 ounces fresh blackberries
8 ounces fresh blueberries
8 ounces fresh raspberries
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
Add the strawberries, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and chopped mint together in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and honey until combined.
Pour it on top of the berries. Then gently toss the fruit salad until everything is evenly coated with the lemon mixture.
Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
*All of these fruit measurements are flexible — just use however much of what you have!