Summer is finally here!
As much as we love our summer, it tends to impact our skin in a less desirable way. The heat, sun, and dehydration often cause our skin to look and feel dry and tired.
This year, by incorporating a few simple steps into your daily routine, no matter where you are, you can help keep your skin hydrated and nourished.
Goal - clear, plump skin that will help you look fresh!
Time - Results should be visible within a week.
Easy ways to hydrate the skin -
- Drink water, coconut water, and aloe vera
- Misting Sprays nourish the skin and keep you cool
- Eat water-rich fruits and veggies
- Add moisture to the air with a humidifier/diffuser.
Skin drying ingredients to avoid -
Watch the salt and sodium intake.
Chips and salsa paired with a salted rim margarita while sitting outside on a hot day - yes, please! In high heat temps though, too much salt/sodium can exhaust and dry the skin. Try to limit processed and pre-packed foods with high sodium.
According to sodiumbreakup.heart.org, an online website focusing on sodium reduction, tell us that more than 75 percent of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods like canned soups, lunch meats, and frozen dinners.
Alcohol - skip the booze and grab a green juice.
Alcohol decreases the body's production of an anti-diuretic hormone, which is used by the body to reabsorb water. With less of this hormone available, your body loses more fluid than normal through increased urination causing dehydration.
Signs of dehydration -
Dehydration can be as mild as chapped lips, tight skin, and dry eyes. Experiencing headaches, irritability or muscle spasms is a sure sign you need to drink some water.
Simple ways to stay hydrated when temperatures are rising -1. Drink plenty of water and mineral supported drinks.
We have heard the basics of 8 to 10 glasses a day. Try adding minerals to your water for added health benefits. This can be done by adding ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops found at health food stores to help replenish minerals that the body needs for optimum health and temperature regulation.
Coconut water helps restore natural electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, and it is low in sugar. It’s great for post-exercise rehydration and offers - anti-inflammatory properties, protects your heart and urinary tract, improves your skin and eyes, supports immune function, and can even help balance your insulin levels.
Aloe Vera juice is packed with vitamins and minerals, and aids digestion and helps rid the body of toxins.
Rosewater, yucca, aloe, and eucalyptus are a few plant-based ingredients that help reduce the body temperate and add to skin hydration.
You can make a spray bottle mist with filtered water and rosewater. Rosewater has been known for generations for hydrating the skin, balancing PH levels, and reducing inflammation. Chances are, your grandmother used it as a daily face toner. Fill the spray bottle 1/4 of the way up with water, top with rosewater (skip the water altogether if you prefer not to dilute the rosewater).
Use Purequosa (PQ) plant-based cleansing body sprays. They have gentle ingredients, including plant hydrosols soothe and hydrate the skin. PQ uses the active ingredient colloidal silver for combating odor causing bacteria on the skin.
- Yucca - The resveratrol, a natural phenol found in yucca is proven to strengthen skin and increase its resistance to degradation from free radicals and sun damage that can eventually lead to skin cancer. Yucca helps with wound healing and arthritis relief.
- Aloe - Known to soothe rashes, skin irritations, reduce inflammation, and treats burns.
- Eucalyptus - Aides with helping the body cool down. Used as a natural cleaner, odor remover, and wound treatment. Antibacterial properties.
This is an easy habit to incorporate daily. Watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, kiwi, grapes to name some water-rich examples. Delicious plates paired with avocado, tomatoes, watercress and summer salads. Tip - Try sliced cantaloupe, mozzarella, with prosciutto! You can find the recipe for this summer salad over on our Facebook page.
Diffusers and humidifiers are ideal for many applications from helping with a cold to changing the smell of a room. A diffuser allows you to add essential oil and will produce less moisture change in the air than a humidifier. Humidifiers can improve the moisture level in your home. However, they do not smell as strong as a diffuser if adding Essential Oils (EO). Running a hot shower also helps with a dry house. If adding EO, try a few drops of lilac, or maybe some citrus mix.
Staying hydrated this summer during the high heat months is easy when you have a plan. We suggest having a water bottle for drinking and a 2oz travel size bottle of PQ with you. Spray it directly on your face for instant cooling! These items are easy to put in your bag and carry with you on your adventures and when you are out running errands.