Summer is here, and for sure, you can’t wait to plunge into the pool or head for the beach. But before you rush out to sample the joys of summertime, make sure you are following a diet and routine that will help you keep healthy and glowing-looking skin. Here are some suggestions to keep your skin looking beautiful all summer long:
Guzzle up on Water
Drink lots of water throughout the day, not only to replenish moisture lost to the heat and sweat but also to help flush out the body and keep skin looking clear and lustrous. Herb or spiced teas, made with skin-enhancing ingredients, also offers added therapeutic benefit. To balance your energy, choose cooling herbs and spices such as mint, cardamom, and fennel. Stay away from ice beverages because they hinder digestion and can create toxins leading to skin breakouts.
Eat fruits and vegetables
Eat fruit and vegetables and herbs, which suppl the skin with essential nutrients and come with free-radical fighting antioxidant properties, which help your skin cool. Carrots, lettuce, summer squash such as zucchini, celery, asparagus and leafy greens are good vegetable choices. Sweet juicy fruits such as pears, grapes, watermelon, and mangoes both nourish and cleanse. Fresh ginger, cilantro, mint, and basil add flavor and aromas to dishes without aggravating pimple causing skin breakouts.
Go easy on spicy and sour foods
The sweet, bitter and astringent tastes balance the skin’s natural pH while the sour, pungent and salty tastes aggravate it. Go easy on spicy or sour foods, especially if you plan to go out and enjoy the sun for the day, to keep your skin from breaking out or in getting inflamed.
Drink your Milk
Milk is a cooling, pacifying beverage that also supplies nutrients to your skin and helps to keep it from drying out. Drink a cup of milk every day and also combine milk with ingredients like almond meal and rose water to make a balancing skin cleanser.
Get Enough Zzzzss
Get plenty of quality rest each night. Keep your bedroom cool, dark and comfortable and sleep on cotton or linen sheets. Get to bed early and awaken early for clear healthy skin and sparkling eyes.
Find “Me-Time” and Meditate
The debilitating heat of the sun governs the heart and emotions. When you feel stressed, angry or frustrated, your skin will show it over time as furrows and small lines and breakouts. Meditate, stay serene and help your body and mind manage stress. Diffuse in balancing essential oils, such as rose, sandalwood, and lavender to keep mind and heart balanced. Walk on the beach or through a cool shady garden.
The sun can increase sebum production, causing your skin to look oily on occasion. When the oil combines with dirt and sweat, pores get clogged. Be meticulous about your cleansing routine, morning and night. Use a non-soap based gentle cleanser that will deep cleanse without drying out the skin. A good cleansing mix for dry/normal skin can be made with almond meal, oatmeal, milk, and rosewater. For oily skin, try chickpea flour (found in Indian grocery stores) or oatmeal with yogurt and a little lemon and neem powder. If you use a toner, look for one without alcohol.
Keep your skin nourished with an herbal moisturizer. Look for aromatherapy formulations that contain skin-friendly herbs such as sandalwood, tumeric, brahmi, amla, and aloe vera. At least once a week, treat yourself to a fruit or vegetable mask appropriate for your skin type. Cucumbers, avocados, apricots, and papayas lend themselves well to homemade masks. Puree the fruit or vegetable and blend with some yoghurt, honey, oatmeal, and lemon juice (for oily skin) or rosewater (for dry skin) and apply evenly to the face. Let it stay for 15-20 minute, and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Do not go out during the hottest parts of the day between 10am and 4pm. If you exercise outdoors, do it earl in the morning. Wear sunscreen, lip protection, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat when you go out–exposure to the sun can age skin very rapidly. A thin mixture of red sandalwood powder and rosewater applied to your skin 2-3 times a week can help it become more resilient. Take an aromatherapy floral water or hydrosol along for the day to stay refreshed.