We’ve all had our own taste of some summer lovin’. — Sweet nothings whispered secretively in ears, soft touches and shy glances, exchanged promises and loving kisses. The time when he softly ran his finger down your cheek and said you were beautiful was probably the best part of the summer. Surely, that moment would not have been the same without your healthy, glowing summer-kissed skin.
Well, the temperatures are rising and the beaches are calling. Summertime is here again and it’s time to get more natural! What better to match that healthy beach body than naturally glowing skin – Summer lovin’-worthy skin? Most of today’s beauty products are laden with harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your skin and to the earth; furthermore, they can be expensive. Here are 10 natural tips to get that kissable, healthy summer skin (and probably save you a buck or two)!
1. Get Naked
Your face that is! This summer, let your skin breathe by stripping off your make-up and going au natural. Bare skin saves us time and money, actually helps us look more youthful and is just more comfortable. Allowing the skin to breathe helps the skin to work on its own – produce its own natural oils and color. Try to become more comfortable in your own skin, because confidence is sexier than any bottle remedy.
2. Cover Up
But I thought you said?! You read right, cover up by being sun shy. Sunlight in moderation is great for the skin, providing nutrients and color; too much, though, can be harmful, causing pre-mature aging and possibly skin cancer. Cover up with a sun hat, umbrella, or sun screen.
3. Just Add Water
Experts advise us to have at least 8 glasses of water a day. Water is possibly skin’s best friend. Water helps to keep skin cleansed, nourished and moisturized from the inside out. Proper hydration helps keep the skin plump for a younger appearance, detoxified for lessened breakouts, and healthy for relief from skin diseases. The best part is that it’s inexpensive and readily available!
4. Yogurt: The Good Stuff
There are many natural treats that are good for us inside and out. Such food items are yogurt, avocados, lemons, cucumbers and honey. Instead of splurging on chemical laden products that you guess will work, go for fresher ingredients that do just as well. One great natural product is plain yogurt! Plain yogurt had antifungal and antibacterial properties making it a great cleanser. Yogurt also contains lactic acid which softens skin, reduces wrinkles and moisturizes. Use it as a facial or body cleanser then rinse with warm water; you can also use it as a cream by leaving it on your skin for 15-20minutes then rinsing with warm water. The best part is that you can eat the leftovers.
5. Beauty Sleep
Ever notice that when you lack sleep your skin looks dull and dehydrated, your eyes look dark and puffy, and sometime, you may even have an acne breakout? It is so important to get your 8-hour beauty sleep. Sleep gives your skin the break it needs to restore its natural balance and increase the effectiveness of some skin care ingredients. When your skin is balanced, it can keep hydrated and supple, increase its natural protection against sensitivity and irritation, and keep away the effects of stress, such as wrinkles, dullness and acne.
6. Kick the Vice
Ever hear of “smoker’s face”? What about “alcoholic skin”? These are real results of smoking and drinking. Simply put – Stop drinking and smoking. Smoking actually causes premature skin again, skin discoloration such as graying, prominent wrinkles, a ‘worn’ appearance, and thinning of the skin layers. Alcohol, on the other hand, depletes the body’s calcium levels, accelerates brain cell aging, increases stress levels, increases skin aging, depletes the skin of nutrients, and increases the possibility of weight gain. Not to mention, they both affect your natural odor. Who needs all that?
7. Get Active
Exercise is a great way to keep healthy. It builds muscle, relieves stress and frees the body of toxins. When we exercise, blood flow is increased, nourishing the skin cells and keeping them vital. Also, exercise causes sweat, clearing the pores of impurities and helping the oil glands create natural oils that make the skin glow. One of the best exercises for this would be yoga! It’s easy, purifying and calming.
8. Chill Out
Blow off some steam and release stress. One great way to do this is through meditation. Meditation brings a balance between mind and body; the balance relieves stress; thus, causing you to eat less, eat better food, get fit and to stay in a positive mood. All-in-all, it will cause fewer blemishes and the serenity will show on your skin.
9. Feed Your Skin
Truly healthy glowing skin starts from the inside. Fill your diet with a variety of healthy foods to create a balanced diet and save your skin. It is important to consume foods that are rich in antioxidants, which help protect the skin and give it a healthy glow. It is important to have at least 6 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. In addition, legumes, fish and nuts are great sources as well.
10. Join the Humor
Laughter is free and fun. It relieves stress; improves your mood and boosts skin tone. Exercising your facial muscles gives you toning and improves blood flow, giving a healthy radiance. Try laughter yoga where you combine unconditional laughter with yogic breathing.
There is a ton of ways to naturally get beautiful summer skin, but the best way is to simply enjoy life. When you enjoy life, you take care of yourself and fill yourself with fun and experiences. Surround yourself with love – self-love, family and friendship. Keep smiling! Namaste.