Soak In the Summer's Energy ~ A Guide To Safe Sun Care
Summer is all about the intensity of the light. We associate it with fun, freedom and abundant energy. It is the time when we want to be outdoors to soak up the sun's warmth.
Because we are skincare fanatics, we also want to protect our skin from any unnecessary UV damage. Examples of sun damage can show up as dark spots, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and rough skin. But you don't need to shun the sun in the hopes of looking young forever! Having a proper skincare regimen, being diligent on applying your sunscreen, even on cloudy days, and including plenty of antioxidants in your diet will help to guard your skin against the damaging effect of the sun.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
First, let's talk about protecting your body from the inside out. Eating in season makes sense especially in the Summer months. There is a reason why tomatoes are considered Summer's favorite vegetable. Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has many health benefits, including protecting against sunburns. Watermelon, grapefruit, and papaya are also high in lycopene.
Including antioxidants into your diet is the easiest way to safeguard your skin from free radicals that can make a HUGE difference in both your overall health and your skin.
Here is our FAVORITE Glowing Green Smoothie by Kimberly Synder
1 head of organic romaine lettuce
1 cup of organic spinach
1 organic apple
1 organic pear
3-4 stalks of organic celery
Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
1.5 cups of filtered water
Put everything into your blender and enjoy.
A LAYER OF PROTECTION
We all know that sunscreen is a must for Summer Fun! But are you aware of the nasty chemicals that lurk in conventional sunscreen? We need to be equally mindful of what we put into our bodies as well as what we put on it. With a lot of great options in natural sunscreens, it really doesn't make sense to bombard our bodies with even more unnecessary chemicals, does it?
A few sunscreens that we love. Coola SPF 50, Dr. Strum Sun Drops SPF 50, Suntegrity tinted SPF30.
Cleanse. Moisture. Treat. Protect. A skincare regimen doesn't need to sound boring and tedious. Choose products that invoke a certain emotion so that it is pleasurable to use. Mahina Beaute's "Turn on the Light" Vitamin C serum invokes the sense of happiness. It is a great way to start the day. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has a brightening and smoothing effect.
Exfoliation is another big thing when it comes to keeping your skin looking fresh. Without proper exfoliation, layers of dead skin cells accumulate on the skin's surface, which impedes with the absorption and nourishment that we get from our skincare regimen. You are left with flaky, dry skin and even for some, pesky breakouts may occur. If you want the healthiest and smoothest skin possible, regular GENTLE exfoliation is key in unblocking your pores.
Our skin has a 28 days cycle of cell renewal. As we age, this regeneration slows down. This is when we start to see issues such as wrinkles, age spots, and dull skin. With regular exfoliation, we can slow down this inevitable aging process.
Benefits that you will see with regular exfoliation
• Minimizes the appearance of large pores
• Reduce the appearance of age spots
• Glowing + smooth skin
• Even toned skin
• Prevent ingrown hairs
• Smoother feet, elbows, and knees
• Prolong your self-tan
• Reduce the chance of breakouts on chest and back
And of course, when it comes to Summer skin, we do need to talk about AFTER-SUN care. The sun, ocean, wind dries out our skin and hair. Make sure that you replenish your skin with a highly dense body oil like Mahina Beaute's Replenishing Body Oil. It is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids,
and potent nutrients for the ultimate multi-tasking anti-aging oil.