With the warm weather already here, face the heat the right way! Summer is the season to get outside and enjoy yourself. It's also the time of year where no matter how much you try to avoid it, you still have a lot on your to-do list.
There is just too many things you want to accomplish with the warm temperatures and sunny days. Take the time to enjoy the weather the right way!
The following tips and tricks can help to make your summer days the most relaxing.
Let the Summer Begin!
Protect Your Skin!
These warm sunny days are going to be calling your name but don't neglect your skin! Protecting your skin now will help to prevent issues further down the road, such as wrinkles and even skin cancer. Other than putting on sunscreen before exposing yourself to the sun, there are different methods that you can add to your skin care regime.
Eat Skin Nourishing Foods
Eating foods rich with antioxidants can help protect your skin against harmful sunrays. Antioxidants also help to reverse the damage already done to skin! Plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants and compounds that protect from UV lights. So dig into that bowl of fruit salad before hitting the poolside!
Shield Yourself From the Sun
Because it's so nice out it can be easy to forget to cover your body. However, you will pay the price from over-exposure later, suffering from painful sunburn of even longer lasting effects! This can be prevented by simply putting on a hat to protect your sensitive scalp (a part of the body that is often overlooked). Having an umbrella with you during very sunny days can also save you from unexpected burns. If you are going to the beach or a similar area, you should always have an umbrella to provide relief from the strong rays!
Use Sunscreen Frequently but Healthily!
Using sunscreen is one of the most obvious ways to protect yourself from the negative affects of the sun. However, while it is very important to cover yourself when you're going to be exposed, even for a brief amount of time, you should consider the ingredients in your chosen sunscreen. Look at the ingredients in your sunscreens, many can be artificial and chemical. There are a good number of natural oils that contain SPF properties.
Almond Oil- SPF 5
Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
Red Raspberry Seed Oil- SPF 25-50
Carrot Seed Oil- SPF 35-40
Shea Butter- SPF 4-6
Consider buying all-natural sunscreens with similar ingredients or even making your own!
Cooling Sunburn Treatment Skin
Sometimes sunburn is just unavoidable! But there is a super easy DIY sunburn treatment that helps soothe and cool the painful sunburned areas. All you need is aloe vera gel and a silicone ice cube tray!
Pour the aloe vera gel into the ice cube tray
Put the tray in the freezer until the cubes are frozen
Rub the cubes on the sunburned skin to soothe and cool!
*Even if you don't have sunburn you can use the aloe vera cubes under your eyes to help reduce puffiness and dark circles!
Avoid The Bugs!
The warm nights are one of the best parts about the summer. However with the warm weather comes a lot of pesky bugs. Don't let annoying mosquitos and bugs stop you from enjoying long days and nights outside with friends and family! Create your own natural bug repellents!
All you need is a few drops of various essential oils, a spray bottle and water!
Keep ants or spiders away with peppermint or spearmint
Gnats away with spearmint or patchouli
Mosquitos away with lavender or lemongrass
Flies away with rosemary or sage
Have an itchy mosquito bite?
There's a quick fix to stop your itching and prevent further irritation! Simply rub a bar of dry soap on the bite for instant relief!
Afraid of bees and other bugs getting into your soda can while drinking outside?
Simply cover the top of your beverage with an upside down cupcake liner and punch a straw through the hole!
Good to Read: Summer Hair Care Tips *Cupcake liners are a perfect fix for beating the mess of melting ice lollies too! Simply put a cupcake liner on the bottom of the ice lolly to catch any leaks. The kids will never have sticky ice lolly hands again!
Keep Yourself Refreshed!
Don't let yourself get dehydrated this summer! Try this delicious Strawberry Lemonade recipe to make an easy hydrating summer refreshment! Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 medium lemons) 6 cups cold water ice 1 cup strawberries, chopped for topping Lemon slice, for garnish Directions:
STEP 1: In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
STEP 2: Place strawberries into a food processor or blender and process/blend until smooth.
STEP 3: Pour pureed strawberries into the sugar water. Add lemon juice. Stir well.
STEP 4: Pour strawberry lemon mixture and cold water into a large pitcher. Stir well and add ice. Pour into glasses and top with chopped strawberries and a lemon slice.
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