That stretchy stuff that covers your body. The stuff we sort of take for granted, and quite often neglect more than we should.
Did you know that this soft outer coating of ours is the largest organ in the body, covering an average area of 2 square meters?
How about the fact that it accounts for around 15% of your bodyweight, and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels?
Pretty amazing stuff, we think you’ll agree. So, let’s look at a few ways we can take better care of our skin during its most trying period.
Summer is great. We’re not going to dispute that – we love it. It just about makes those long, dark, winters worth getting through, to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Your skin may beg to differ though; this is its harshest time of year.
While there are few better feelings that laying on fresh grass lawn, soaking up the rays you could be doing your skin damage if you’re not taking the right precautions.
As always though, these precautions needn’t involve any manner of unnatural chemical – mother nature has got you covered.
Here are 3 of the easiest natural summer skincare tips.
1. The Obvious One
We’ll kick things off with the most obvious but still the most crucial piece of advice to keep your skin healthy and glowing during the summer months. Keep. Yourself. Hydrated. See how we put full-stops in-between each word there? Yeah, that’s how important this is.
You can use all the moisturiser you can get your hands on, but without giving your skin (and body) what it really needs, you’re falling at the first hurdle.
If you’re not a fan of the taste of water on its own, try adding in some lemon or cucumber to give it a fresh twist.
2. Prevention Wins
Drinking water may be obvious, but not far behind is making sure that you wear the right amount of sun cream during stints in the sun.
The mistake that a lot of people make is thinking that once it’s on, you don’t need to worry about it. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that swimming can reduce the potency of sun cream, especially when towelling off. Sun cream loses potency after a while even without swimming, so it’s important to make sure you’re topping up at regular intervals.
It’s worth noting that even on cloudy days, the UV rays can still burn you, so check the weather reports on any day where you know you’re going to spend a while outside to be safe.
A good factor 30 organic sun cream like this one is a valuable addition to any handbag during the summer.
3. Get Oily
Your skin is a mercurial being. One time it might be dry and flaky, another time it might be extra oily. Everyone’s skin is different. Knowing which oils treat different skin states will help you immeasurably in giving your skin what it needs in the summertime.
Coconut Oil is where you want to be looking if your skin is drier than normal. In the summer heat, this is likely to happen more often, so keep an eye on how your skin looks and feels.
Rubbing coconut oil into your skin is a good practice to get into, especially after you’ve spent time outside or in a swimming pool.
Jojoba Oil is a good all-rounder for different skin types, and helps your skin to look firm and taut. In the summer it’s perfect for reducing water loss, while not completely blocking vapour and gases from the skin.
Avocado Oil is a super-rich source of monosaturated fatty acids, and is, as a result, an extremely effective natural treatment for skin during the hotter months of the year.
On top of being excellent at hydrating and softening your skin, it is a great treatment for acne, blackheads, eczema, and other types of skin inflammation.
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