It's summer and the living is easy, time for vacations and soaking up the sunshine. You want to keep your skin, the largest organ in your body supple, clear and healthy, all summer long.
Follow these helpful, summer skincare tips:
Stay hydrated; drink mineral-rich, quality water throughout the day.
Beware of toxic skincare products! What you rub into your skin goes into your bloodstream. Read labels. Avoid using creams, lotions, soaps and beauty products containing alcohol and harsh chemicals.
Use natural products to prevent dry skin. Use extra virgin coconut oil daily to moisture and nourish your skin. Pure almond oil is an excellent makeup remover and moisturizer.
Sunshine for skin health. That’s right. Vitamin D is produced in the body when directly exposed to natural sunlight and protects against melanoma and other skin cancers. Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, author of the Blaylock Wellness Report states, “30 minutes of direct sunlight produces up to 50,000 IU of vitamin D.” Adequate sun exposure maximizes vitamin D production and enhances health, so don't wear sunscreen every time you step outside.
Avoid sunburn. When you’ve had enough sun or spend long periods of time outdoors, wear a hat, shirt and shoes and use a natural, mineral based sunscreen.
Avoid toxic sunscreens. Most sunscreens on the market contain toxic chemicals which increase your chances of developing cancer. Read labels. Not sure if your sunscreen product is safe? The Environmental Working Group has an updated list of Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens available
Protect your lips when exposed to the summer sun. Lips can burn, crack and blister. Sunburned lips can be painful, especially when accompanied by fever blisters. Apply lip balm containing natural moisturizers and healing protectants such as green tea, raw honey, aloe vera, and coconut oil, just before and during extended time outdoors.
Stress can cause skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Chiropractic adjustments reduce stress on your nerve system, keeping it clear and self-healing, thus promoting good immune and skin health too.
Consume antioxidants for skin health. Foods rich in beta-carotene (orange and yellow produce), and lycopene (red fruits, tomatoes) and lutein (green leafy vegetables) protect your skin. Consume Omega-3 rich, essential fatty acids such as ground flax seeds, krill or fish oil to lubricate your cells, nourish and rejuvenate the skin from the inside, out.
Wishing you a happy and healthy summer!
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.