With summer in full swing, many of us are looking forward to warm weather, long days spent outdoors, and the pleasure of skipping out of the office on a summer Friday in favor of a beach somewhere and a glass of rosé. However, while many of us anticipate summertime giving us a healthy, sun-kissed glow, in reality, sunlight, sweat, and those cool summer cocktails are wreaking havoc on our skin.
The good news?
Just because you’re dealing with a less-than-flawless summer complexion doesn’t mean you have to turn to harsh chemical treatments to enjoy clearer, softer, more beautiful skin. These natural means of improving your complexion are sure to give you the healthy skin you’ve been dreaming of in no time. What are you waiting for? Get glowing!
Steam your face
Want to get the baby-soft skin you’ve always dreamed of? Luckily, the answer isn’t at the bottom of an expensive jar of night cream or the result of a harsh chemical peel. In fact, one of the easiest ways to make your skin softer, healthier, and more radiant is a gentle steam. While you can have your skin steamed in countless spas and by expert estheticians around the world, it’s also a practice you can do at home, too.
Not only are there professional-grade steamers you can buy to refresh your skin, you can also do the same by placing a bowl of hot water under your face and covering both your head and the bowl with a towel. Just make sure the steam coming off the water isn’t too hot first or you might be putting yourself at risk for injury.
Add some emollient foods to your diet
They say you are what you eat, and that’s undeniably true when it comes to your skin. In fact, one of the easiest ways to make your skin healthier and more youthful-looking is by adding some emollient foods to your diet. So, what should be on your soft skin menu? Foods rich in vitamin C, like citrus fruits, berries, and bell peppers, and those loaded with healthy fats, like avocado and salmon.
Get regular exercise
Great skin doesn’t start in the spa—in many cases, it starts in the gym. Exercise increases blood flow, keeping your skin glowing, and sweating can even help push out toxins. While some particularly intense exercise can have the unwanted effect of making your skin red, there are plenty of ways to purify your skin without turning it tomato-colored. If your building has a yoga studio, like 277 Fifth Avenue, try practicing there a few times a week, or head to your local gym for a relaxing and energizing workout. Don’t have time for a class? Something as simple as a daily walk can make a major difference in your complexion, as well.
The summer’s heat means that staying hydrated is more essential than ever, particularly when it comes to the health and appearance of your skin. Drinking an adequate amount of water—at least eight glasses a day, and more if you’re very active—can help flush out toxins, give your skin a healthy glow, and help reduce your risk of breakouts.
One of the easiest ways to improve your complexion this summer is something you should be doing every day: applying sunscreen. Not only can using sunscreen on a regular basis reduce your risk of skin cancer, it can also stave off unsightly effects of sun damage, like spots and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural, organic, non-comedogenic sunscreens on the market that won’t irritate sensitive skin, but can still protect you from serious skin damage.
Keeping your skin looking beautiful this summer is easier than ever. Instead of turning to harsh skin treatments, give your complexion the TLC it deserves with some easy, natural remedies for what ails you. In no time, your skin will look like a million bucks—and don’t be surprised if everyone’s asking for your secrets.
What are your favorite natural ways to keep your skin healthy during the summer?
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Guest post by Candice Schaffer
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