Summer is here!! And so is my annual reminder to protect your skin in the sun at all times.
Are you willing to risk everlasting sun spots, wrinkles, and sunburn for the sake of a seasonal tan?
Even worse, too much exposure to UV rays increases your risk of skin cancer. UV light is the major risk factor for most skin cancers according to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.
So… Here are 5 rules to protect your skin this summer -- and still get your sun-kissed glow.
Wearing an SPF of at least 30 on a daily basis is a must. It doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy, raining or incredibly bright out, the sun still emits harmful UV rays that can reach your skin.
The SPF isn’t the only factor to consider. You also have to think about harmful ingredients. Many commercial sunscreens are made with ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate that can penetrate the skin and build-up in side the body.
These ingredients act like estrogen in the body. This imbalance can alter sperm production, cause other reproductive health issues, and find its way into breast milk.
For a natural SPF, look for natural sun protectors made with shea butter and coconut , carrot seed and raspberry seed oils.
Dull, dry skin is a sign of dead skin build-up. This is very common during the summer. So how do you fight rough skin from appearing?
Regular exfoliation will remove the top layer of dead skin and dirt to expose more radiant, youthful skin. All-natural exfoliants made with brown sugar, coffee grounds, essential oils and such are the best.
If you want to make your own exfoliator, experiment with ingredients such as ground oatmeal, sea salt, brown sugar and olive oil.
You’ll also want to make sure you are regularly moisturizing. This helps your skin stay balanced and youthful looking. If you skip moisturizing, your skin many become overly dry or oily. Both extremes will lead to a variety of skin issues.
Are you neglecting the importance of facial serums? Using a cleanser is easy, and moisturizers tend to be cheaper than serums. Yet a serum has many benefits.
A facial serum is like a lightweight moisturizer that is able to penetrate more deeply into the skin. This allows the ingredients to get work faster, creating efficient, noticeable results.
During hot, summer days, the best skincare serum to moisturize your skin should be made of all-natural ingredients. Ingredients like calendula, natural clays, herbs and essential oils will calm, soothe and protect your skin.
If you stick to using serums with harmful ingredients such as parabens, triclosan and fragrance, you’re rolling the dice on letting your skin become irritated and full of chemicals.
Drinking water helps all of the functions in your body, flushes out toxins, and impacts the look and feel or your skin.
If you want soft, glowing skin, you have to stay hydrated. This is especially true on hot, sweaty days. Keep the water flowing.
You might also want to increase the amount of hydrating foods you eat. These include:
Whether you’re not getting enough sleep due to long summer nights or long nights at the office, your skin will start showing it soon enough.
Proper sleep allows your body to repair and recover from the day’s activities. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep each night increases the appearance of wrinkles and causes puffy eyes.
So get your beauty rest -- literally!
Make this the summer you don’t neglect your skin! Follow these 5 rules to keep your skin in good shape while still having fun in the sun.
Most of us consider deodorant an absolutely essential part of our morning routine. Honestly, leaving the house without deodorant can feel just as embarrassing as arriving to work without pants.
But there’s a major problem with this ritual. Deodorant itself isn’t dangerous, but the most common modern forms of deodorant, especially aluminum-based antiperspirants, are bad news. As a health-conscious consumer, you want — deserve! — to know what you’re putting on and in your body.
Aluminum-free deodorant is the best choice for your skin, your wallet, and your health.
When you hear a funny joke, do you automatically smile wide and laugh, or do you self-consciously cover your mouth and give your best closed-lip grin? If you’re too embarrassed to reveal your brown- and yellow-stained teeth to others, you’re definitely not alone!
If you’re anything like me, you’re frustrated by messy peroxide whitening systems that cause unbearable sensitivity without any lasting results. But you don’t have to surrender to those expensive bleach kits! If you really want dazzling white teeth without the pain and tooth damage, learn how to naturally whiten teeth using my revolutionary, non-toxic LED light system.
You know it well — the knot in your stomach when it’s time to smile in front of other people. The dread of opening your mouth to reveal teeth stained yellow and brown. Ugh!
We’ve all been there. Unfortunately, most of us have also turned to commercial whitening kits to remove our stains and give us the confidence to smile again. I say “unfortunately” because most whitening kits are train wrecks waiting to happen. Sensitivity, enamel damage, gum inflammation, and inconsistent whitening are just a few of the side effects associated with peroxide whitening treatments.