As I head off to the Greek islands, I thought I’d talk about how I take care of my skin in the hot summer months.
Usually when its summer, people seem to struggle with their skin. Oily skin, acne breakouts, freckles and dry skin, are some of the things that we have to deal with. The best way to treat these issues are to regularly cleanse, moisturize and protect.
Let me start with the most important skin foods
- Sunscreen is super important especially in the summer time. At the moment the one I’m using for my face is Second Skin by Frezyderm in SPF 50 and Polysianes Spray with SPF 30 for my body. These are by all means not all-natural products as I have yet to find one that works for my combination skin. The feel of the Second Skin is amazing though. It literally does not feel like you’re wearing anything.
Try to find a product that is non-toxic and has an SPF of 30 as anything above that does not actually protect your skin more than a lower number.
SPF refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburns, but not UVA rays, which are more closely linked to deeper skin damage.
According to Florida dermatologist James M. Spencer, MD – an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
“After that, it just gets silly,” he says.
Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none offers 100% protection.
Make sure to re-apply every hour or so.
- Sun tanning. So everyone knows it’s bad to sun tan. I’m an avid sun worshipper but I’m trying to change my ways and stay more in the shade. I definitely want to try organic spray tanning and would love to do a review on that soon!
- Face wash
As you know by now I love my Human + Kind Face wash which I double up as a makeup remover as well.
- Dry brushing! Works wonders.
- Or try a super quick and easy DIY scrub. One I’ve tried and liked (smells sooo good too) is a cucumber mint sugar scrub. Stay tuned for some DIY natural skin foods soon!
- Moisturizer – Diluted apple cider vinegar toner helps keep oil at bay.
- Oil cleansing – another all natural cleansing method which deserves its own post. Watch out for this.
- After sun – Going the natural route some great after sun ingredients I would go for would be Pure Aloe Vera gel, Plain yogurt, chilled cucumber and of course coconut oil.
Since were on the topic of skin food, I’d thought I’d give you a little #SDTip: Skin Food’s that will help keep your skin healthy and hydrated from the inside!
Summer fruits; more specifically Watermelon and strawberries
Do tell us what works best for your skin in the comments section below!