Hey, Loves! I hope you all have some fun plans today, whether it’s with friends or family, poolside, or in the backyard grilling. One of the most important things to remember your skin – no one wants to look like a 30 year old handbag at the age of 23!
I teamed up with Michelle from Skana, a spa located in up-state New York, to bring you some tips to rock that healthy glow this summer, starting at your Independence Day BBQ! The following is from Michelle:
Skin care during the summer months can be difficult, yet it is so vital! Ultraviolet sun rays can be damaging and dangerous. This might be a no-brainer, but one of the best skin-saving strategies is to limit the time you spend in direct sunlight to 15 minutes per day. Always wear light clothing that covers your skin well, and wear a hat and sunscreen if you anticipate being in the sun for long periods of time. My suggestion is to go hat shopping and find a cute hat, so that you can actually look forward to wearing it! Beware, some of those outdoor summertime parties that are so much fun can really be a doozy on the dermis.
Personally I am getting excited about going to our annual 4th of July BBQ. I love seeing my family and most of my friends all in one place! It is laid back, low pressure and fun; it might even be one of my favorite holiday events of the year. It is about mid-summer now and I would really like to have a bright, healthy glow about my skin on the day of the BBQ without resorting to damaging sun exposure. Here are some healthy, all-natural tips you can use to nourish, brighten and improve your skin even during the summer.
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Get plenty of lycopene, beta-carotene and antioxidants by eating orange and red fruits and veggies like orange bell peppers, tomatoes and carrots. These fresh foods offer natural protection from the sun when consumed. Some studies have shown they may even help repair cells after sun damage. Other great fruits and vegetables for the skin are blueberries, blackberries, red grapes, oranges, cherries, apricots, kale, spinach, beets, red bell peppers, eggplant and onions. Finally, never underestimate the power an all-natural DIY skincare regimen. Here is a great DIY brightening mask from the experts at Skana Spa of New York Resort, Turning Stone:
Brightening Red White & Blue Face Mask
- 1/4 of a fresh tomato
- About 10 blueberries
- 1 teaspoon of apricot kernel oil
- 2 drops of sweet orange essential oil
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- Pulverize the tomato and blueberries for about ten seconds in a blender and transfer to a small bowl.
- Add apricot kernel and sweet orange oil and stir.
- Place a very warm, wet washcloth on you face for thirty seconds to open your pores.
- Smear the mask over the face and neck. Leave on and relax for twenty minutes.
- Rinse well with cool water and moisturize.
When I can actually eat every ingredient in a skin care regimen, it makes me feel much safer putting it on my skin. These tasty ingredients provide wonderful nourishment for the skin both on the inside and outside of the body, leaving you with a bright healthy summertime glow without having to subject yourself to sun damage! With regular application, you can expect, brighter, smoother skin and a healthy fruit glow.