Healthy summer skin

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[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]We often associate skin issues with the cold, dry air that comes with winter, but summer has its persnickety requirements if we want to keep our skin as healthy and as close to flawless as possible.

There’s not a shortage of products out there that claim to help, everything from anti-aging properties, to skin tighteners, brighteners, and even lighteners.  

Our skin is the first thing people see when they look at us, so it’s no wonder we spend so much money to make sure it looks good. In America, we’re spending upwards of $60 million a year on cosmetics, and that number is expected to continue to grow. But the answers to our skin insecurities could be right in our refrigerator or cupboard right now.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Use food to keep healthy skin 

Things that harm or aid your skin can be traced back to what’s on your plates throughout the day. But in some cases, it’s environmental. Although we need it for vitamin D, among other things, the sun can wreak havoc on skin during the summer months if you don’t take the proper precaution. And since that’s the case, did you know that you could support your skin’s natural sun blocking abilities by consuming the right food?

Sunburn is your skin’s reaction to ultraviolet rays. “This is the body’s inflammatory response in situations requiring repair and is a result of dilating blood vessels,” says dermalogica.com.

Now of course, those with darker skin have somewhat of a built-in sunblock called melanin, which will allow the skin to tan versus burn under the sun’s rays, and helps prevent skin cancer; however, people with lighter/pale skin must take a few more precautions before facing the sun.

Regardless of your skin quality, everyone can benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet. Here’re the basics of approach to eating:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Do eat…

You definitely want to load up on your veggies and fruits especially leafy greens and those high in antioxidants. The good thing is: there are some great foods that have antioxidant powers, like chocolate! Also turmeric, green tea, and those vitamin C-packed foods like citrus fruits, strawberries, and pomegranates.

Get Healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds, fatty fish (salmon, mackerel)

Tip from Wellness Mama: “2+ tablespoons of tomato paste daily (I sometimes add this in for the lycopene and skin protection)”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Avoid eating…

Regardless of your efforts to block the sun, you should avoid or greatly minimize your consumption of the following, as they diminish your body’s ability to naturally block the sun:

Added sugar

Processed foods: foods that require you or a factory to create an end product (meats like hot dogs and sausage, most commercial breads, cereals, and baked goods, and most store bought snacks).

Grains, particularly those with gluten (its causes inflammation)

Most importantly, vegetable oils[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Homemade sun block

Maybe you want to try making your own sun blocking skin balm. If so, you may already have some of the ingredients on hand.

Coconut oil is one of the best things for promoting healthy skin, among its many other incredible benefits both in and on the body. But did you know that you can also use it in DIY sunscreen.

Shea butter is another great ingredient for helping the skin naturally block the sun because it contains a property called, Cinammic Acid. This is a compound also found in Cinnamon and Balsam trees, and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in its ultraviolet radiation protection abilities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]So can you use Shea butter or coconut oil as a stand-alone sunblock?

Well, dermatologists suggest a sunscreen with an SPF of about 30 to be safe, which blocks about 90% of UVB rays. Neither Shea butter nor coconut oil has a super high SPF number—about 4 -10—but when you mix it with other things, like zinc oxide, raspberry seed oil (SPF range of 28 -50), and carrot oil (SPF of roughly 40), it can make for a nice, homemade sunblock.

Ilovesheabutter.com says, “If you’re brown/dark skinned and more likely to tan than burn in the sun, then go ahead and use shea butter alone on your skin, it’ll act as an effective sun protectant! But if you’re fair/pale skinned and are very much prone to getting burned in the sun rather than tanned, then you can’t use shea butter exclusively as a sunscreen.”

There are some incredible natural recipes for homemade sunscreen. Making your own insures that you know exactly what you’re putting on your or your kids’ bodies.

Here’s a recipe by Coconut Mama using coconut oil.

Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Whip coconut oil up in a mixer or food processor.
  2. Carefully add the zinc oxide (you don’t want to inhale it!), red raspberry seed oil and essential oils.
  3. Once the oils and zinc oxide are mixed well pour them into a small container.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Keeping skin naturally beautiful

The key to keeping skin looking lovely, regardless of skin type is to keep your skin clean and moisturized. There are countless tips and tricks that particularly women of every culture have to keep their skin looking young, healthy and vibrant. But in most cases, moisturization and hydration are key.

For less than $10 at your local big box store or pharmacy, you can get a bottle of witch hazel for many of you skin’s needs and is perfect for cleansing the skin. Witch hazel comes from the witch hazel shrub and is an astringent, which means it helps shrink (tighten) tissue. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, helps heal wounds and scars, and can help tone the skin for a clearer appearance.

Side note: witch hazel is also really good for treating other types of skin related issues like hemorrhoids, insect bites, and poison ivy.

If no one is going to talk you out of taking super hot showers, at least make sure to put on your oils and moisturizers while you’re still wet or damp, preferably while still in the humidity of the bathroom right after the shower. This will help lock in the moisture and product so you skin doesn’t completely dry out once the air hits it.

Also, you want to stay hydrated. As the largest organ on your body, it needs water to stay healthy, especially when you’re sweating during the hot months. It’s also not a bad idea to sneak in some coconut water or aloe vera juice for hydration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Conclusion

Keeping your skin gorgeous doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, the road to healthy skin starts with what’s on your plate. Your food choices can be a benefit or a hindrance to the quality, the appearance, and the feel of you skins, as well as how good or bad it holds up as you age.

It’s never too early or too late to start focusing on all-over skin care, not just your face. For more specific recipes like body butters and other potions, the best place to start is YouTube. The vloggers are regular people just like you who spend their time documenting their journeys, which heavily includes those journeys in cosmetics.

So before you spend your money on expensive store products, do a little research. The answer you’re looking for might be right in your home.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_raw_html]JTNDJTIxLS0lMjBCZWdpbiUyME1haWxDaGltcCUyMFNpZ251cCUyMEZvcm0lMjAtLSUzRSUwQSUzQ2xpbmslMjBocmVmJTNEJTIyJTJGJTJGY2RuLWltYWdlcy5tYWlsY2hpbXAuY29tJTJGZW1iZWRjb2RlJTJGaG9yaXpvbnRhbC1zbGltLTEwXzcuY3NzJTIyJTIwcmVsJTNEJTIyc3R5bGVzaGVldCUyMiUyMHR5cGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0JTJGY3NzJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDc3R5bGUlMjB0eXBlJTNEJTIydGV4dCUyRmNzcyUyMiUzRSUwQSUwOSUyM21jX2VtYmVkX3NpZ251cCU3QmJhY2tncm91bmQlM0ElMjNmZmYlM0IlMjBjbGVhciUzQWxlZnQlM0IlMjBmb250JTNBMTRweCUyMEhlbHZldGljYSUyQ0FyaWFsJTJDc2Fucy1zZXJpZiUzQiUyMHdpZHRoJTNBMTAwJTI1JTNCJTdEJTBBJTA5JTJGJTJBJTIwQWRkJTIweW91ciUyMG93biUyME1haWxDaGltcCUyMGZvcm0lMjBzdHlsZSUyMG92ZXJyaWRlcyUyMGluJTIweW91ciUyMHNpdGUlMjBzdHlsZXNoZWV0JTIwb3IlMjBpbiUyMHRoaXMlMjBzdHlsZSUyMGJsb2NrLiUwQSUwOSUyMCUyMCUyMFdlJTIwcmVjb21tZW5kJTIwbW92aW5nJTIwdGhpcyUyMGJsb2NrJTIwYW5kJTIwdGhlJTIwcHJlY2VkaW5nJTIwQ1NTJTIwbGluayUyMHRvJTIwdGhlJTIwSEVBRCUyMG9mJTIweW91ciUyMEhUTUwlMjBmaWxlLiUyMCUyQSUyRiUwQSUzQyUyRnN0eWxlJTNFJTBBJTNDZGl2JTIwaWQlM0QlMjJtY19lbWJlZF9zaWdudXAlMjIlM0UlMEElM0Nmb3JtJTIwYWN0aW9uJTNEJTIyJTJGJTJGZG9jdG9yc3RveW91LnVzMTQubGlzdC1tYW5hZ2UuY29tJTJGc3Vic2NyaWJlJTJGcG9zdCUzRnUlM0QwZGNmOGIwNzA5NTJkMzRmYTVkNTdjODEyJTI2YW1wJTNCaWQlM0Q2ODY0ZjkxODFhJTIyJTIwbWV0aG9kJTNEJTIycG9zdCUyMiUyMGlkJTNEJTIybWMtZW1iZWRkZWQtc3Vic2NyaWJlLWZvcm0lMjIlMjBuYW1lJTNEJTIybWMtZW1iZWRkZWQtc3Vic2NyaWJlLWZvcm0lMjIlMjBjbGFzcyUzRCUyMnZhbGlkYXRlJTIyJTIwdGFyZ2V0JTNEJTIyX2JsYW5rJTIyJTIwbm92YWxpZGF0ZSUzRSUwQSUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMCUzQ2RpdiUyMGlkJTNEJTIybWNfZW1iZWRfc2lnbnVwX3Njcm9sbCUyMiUzRSUwQSUwOSUzQ2xhYmVsJTIwZm9yJTNEJTIybWNlLUVNQUlMJTIyJTNFRG9uJTI3dCUyMGZvcmdldCUyMHRvJTIwc2lnbiUyMHVwJTIwZm9yJTIwdGhlJTIwRG9jdG9ycyUyMFRvJTIwWW91JTIwbWFpbGluZyUyMGxpc3QlMjElM0MlMkZsYWJlbCUzRSUwQSUwOSUzQ2lucHV0JTIwdHlwZSUzRCUyMmVtYWlsJTIyJTIwdmFsdWUlM0QlMjIlMjIlMjBuYW1lJTNEJTIyRU1BSUwlMjIlMjBjbGFzcyUzRCUyMmVtYWlsJTIyJTIwaWQlM0QlMjJtY2UtRU1BSUwlMjIlMjBwbGFjZWhvbGRlciUzRCUyMmVtYWlsJTIwYWRkcmVzcyUyMiUyMHJlcXVpcmVkJTNFJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwJTNDJTIxLS0lMjByZWFsJTIwcGVvcGxlJTIwc2hvdWxkJTIwbm90JTIwZmlsbCUyMHRoaXMlMjBpbiUyMGFuZCUyMGV4cGVjdCUyMGdvb2QlMjB0aGluZ3MlMjAtJTIwZG8lMjBub3QlMjByZW1vdmUlMjB0aGlzJTIwb3IlMjByaXNrJTIwZm9ybSUyMGJvdCUyMHNpZ251cHMtLSUzRSUwQSUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMCUzQ2RpdiUyMHN0eWxlJTNEJTIycG9zaXRpb24lM0ElMjBhYnNvbHV0ZSUzQiUyMGxlZnQlM0ElMjAtNTAwMHB4JTNCJTIyJTIwYXJpYS1oaWRkZW4lM0QlMjJ0cnVlJTIyJTNFJTNDaW5wdXQlMjB0eXBlJTNEJTIydGV4dCUyMiUyMG5hbWUlM0QlMjJiXzBkY2Y4YjA3MDk1MmQzNGZhNWQ1N2M4MTJfNjg2NGY5MTgxYSUyMiUyMHRhYmluZGV4JTNEJTIyLTElMjIlMjB2YWx1ZSUzRCUyMiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRmRpdiUzRSUwQSUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMCUzQ2RpdiUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIyY2xlYXIlMjIlM0UlM0NpbnB1dCUyMHR5cGUlM0QlMjJzdWJtaXQlMjIlMjB2YWx1ZSUzRCUyMlN1YnNjcmliZSUyMiUyMG5hbWUlM0QlMjJzdWJzY3JpYmUlMjIlMjBpZCUzRCUyMm1jLWVtYmVkZGVkLXN1YnNjcmliZSUyMiUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIyYnV0dG9uJTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGZGl2JTNFJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwJTNDJTJGZGl2JTNFJTBBJTNDJTJGZm9ybSUzRSUwQSUzQyUyRmRpdiUzRSUwQSUwQSUzQyUyMS0tRW5kJTIwbWNfZW1iZWRfc2lnbnVwLS0lM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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