No time of the season is better for enjoying the great outdoors than the summer time. Whether you’ve been going on the golf course, hosting fun barbeques or attending exciting music concerts, you should be aware that being active outdoors in the heat could take a toll on your skin.
To ensure you can continue enjoying fun in the sun while not damaging your precious skin, check out some of our post-summer skin tips below. These pieces of natural skin tips will have you feeling and looking great for the fall and winter, and can actually be continued throughout the year.
Say Hello to Antioxidants
To keep your skin in great condition during the summer, you should eat foods rich in antioxidants, like blueberries, tomatoes and peppers. Antioxidants kill off free radicals that can decrease your skin’s immunity and metabolism, which are crucial to preventing dull and tired skin. Lemons are another amazing resource for the antioxidant vitamin C and are instrumental in restoring your pH balance, which aids your immune system. You can easily incorporate lemons into your daily diet by adding a few slices of lemon to your water bottle, while also enhancing the flavour of your water. In addition to antioxidant-rich foods, you may wish to check out our blog on food ingredients that do wonders for your skin.
Mud & Clay Masks
Mud or clay masks can be messy to handle, but they are very beneficial for restoring your skin’s natural moisture and cleansing pores. Clay and mud masks work to remove oil and dirt from your pores, and if combined with other ingredients such as honey can actually increase the moisture content of your skin. You may wish to incorporate other types of moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera gel or rose water or antioxidant ingredients such as Vitamin C power or green tea to help detox your skin.
Embrace a Good Sweat
Sweat releases toxins from your body. Whether you prefer running, swimming or hot yoga, you will be happy to know that in addition to the obvious benefits to your health, exercise can also help improve the condition of your skin. Exercise increases blood flow and blood carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, including the skin. Furthermore, exercise reduces stress, which can wreak havoc on your skin since stress hormones cause sebaceous glands to produce more oil than regularly.
Take a Cleansing Bath
There are many affordable, do-it-yourself bath recipes available online for you to explore and try. From a ginger bath that rids your body of toxins to a seaweed detox bath that enhances blood flow, many of the essential ingredients for a cleansing bath can be found easily in your local grocery store for a relatively low price. Bath salts and essential oils not only help relax the body and mind, they can also draw out impurities out of your skin.
Have a Cup of Tea
Green tea is full of antioxidants and health benefits, so it’s no surprise that it is increasingly being touted as a solution for everything, including skin issues. If you’re shopping in any skin care or cosmetic aisle, you’ll likely find at least one green skin care product among the selection. Like blueberries and other antioxidant-rich foods, green tea helps prevent free radicals from causing skin cell damage.
In general, drinking water is sound health advice. If you want your skin to be adequately hydrated, you must taking in the suggested daily amount, which is approximately eight glasses of an 8 oz glass or about 2L of water per day. This advice is especially true if you are enjoying summer cocktails and beers, as alcohol dehydrates you and therefore, also dries and ages your skin more quickly.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
People can probably tell when you are tired, right? That’s because your skin is showing inadequate rest. It’s vital that you get the recommended seven to eight hours each night, because poor sleep can lead to the release of more stress hormones and as you know, increased stress releases more oil through your sebaceous glands, making your skin greasier and more prone to breakouts.
Use Topical Vitamin Serums
It’s evident that vitamins are good for the skin, especially vitamins A, B, C and E. You can get these vitamins through leafy green vegetables and all sorts of fruits and other vegetables. You can also use topical vitamin serums that directly target areas of your skin that are experiencing sun damage, melasma, hyper pigmentation and dryness. Such creams are able to quickly alleviate issues and get your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Have you tried any of the suggested post-summer skin rejuvenation tips? If so, let me know how they went for you and if you haven’t, keep us posted!