Caring For Your Skin
Moisturize ~ Moisture is key for maintaining healthy & youthful skin. Proper moisturizing is most important in this process. Key tips: Always moisturize immediately after your shower/bath. The more natural the moisturizer the better for your skin. We all love a pretty scent but there can be as many as 1,000 ingredients within the fragrance ingredient detail on your current body lotion. Try more natural products such as almond oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil. These oils can be mixed with other essential oils to create almost any scent you like. Your skin will thank you.
Protect ~ This can’t be stressed enough, wear sunscreen. You may not see the damage now but it will show later. There are so many sunscreen products out there to choose from and applications to suit your fancy there’s no reason to delay. SPF 30 or higher is recommended. Even if you wear makeup sunscreen can still be applied (after moisturizer but before primer). And give it time to soak in, don’t try to apply all of your skin care products at once.
Exfoliate ~ Exfoliating is very important be it winter or summer. You can make some great scrubs at home using ingredients such as Turbinado sugar, lemon juice and coconut oil or purchase one at a store. You should exfoliate at least twice a week. If you choose to purchase a scrub from the store read the label before you do so. Avoid things like petroleum and mineral oil, while they leave a nice gloss they can clog pores & leave you with breakouts. Also exfoliate before applying any self tanner.
Summer beauty tip: Now that we’re using sunscreen & properly moisturizing here’s the perfect summer scrub recipe to keep it all in balance.
Moisturizing Coconut Scrub ~ Mix 1 C Turbinado Sugar, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 C of unrefined extra virgin coconut oil in a small plastic bowl. Cleanse as usual in the shower then apply scrub from the neck down. Be careful because the shower floor will be slippery. Work scrub in well & rinse in tepid (not hot) water. Blot skin dry, don’t rub. You won’t need to moisturize after this, all the work is already done.