Hot and humid weather, as well as chlorinated or salt water, all take their toll on our skin during summer. Here are some helpful summer skin care tips for keeping your skin safe and beautiful all season long.
DON'T NEGLECT YOUR SKIN
Most aging to the skin occurs in the summertime. Your best defenses against skin aging from sun exposure is consistent application of sun protection, facials and a regular skin care routine.
WEAR SUNSCREEN TO CUT BACK ON SUN DAMAGE
Recent skin research from UCLA determined that 78% of all the sun damage is from incidental exposure. This may occur from simply walking from your office or home to your car or driving. To avoid unnecessary sun exposure, wear a moisturizer with sun block ingredients, in addition to wearing a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater. Whether you wear SPF 15 or SPF 30 doesn’t really matter. How often you reapply your sunscreen is more important. There’s little difference between the protection of SPF 15 and SPF 30 – only about 4%, and it’s even less in the higher numbers. So remember, the key is to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours. Slather it on!
USE COLD YOGURT TO SOOTHE A SUNBURN
Layering lotion on sunburned skin traps heat, keeping the skin red longer. Skin needs to breathe to let out heat. Cold plain yogurt acts as an anti-inflammatory and heat remover. Apply, let dry for 15 minutes, and rinse. Repeat every hour.
USE HAND CREAM THAT CONTAINS SUNSCREEN
The majority of aging on hands (sun spots and wrinkles) is attributable to driving with your hands on the steering wheel. Use a hand cream with an SPF of at least #15 each day.
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN, KEEP YOUR PRODUCTS IN THE REFRIGERATOR
If you have redness or rosacea-like symptoms, constant summer heat may keep your skin red and irritated. Refrigerate your products so that when you use them, the cold reduces the dilation of the capillaries and reduces visible redness.
ANTIOXIDANTS, TOPICALLY AND INTERNALLY
One of the main sources of damaging free radicals is through sunlight. Research indicates that antioxidants in topical skin care products and taken internally through fruit and vegetable sources like spinach, tomatoes, berries and sweet potatoes, can provide your skin and body with the defense it needs to fight off damaging free radicals which increase aging.
DON'T RELY ONLY ON YOUR SUNSCREEN
Reapply every one or two hours if you are out in the sun, because your sunscreen will wear off, sweat off and wash off. Be sure to wear a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing as well for added protection to guard your skin against sun damage. Avoid the sun if you want to look young! Any exposure to sun may cause damage to your skin. And don’t exclude tanning beds, as they are even worse.
BLOT, BLOT, BLOT
Summer months produce extra oils on your skin, which is unavoidable. Keep the shine under control with oil blotting paper. If you find yourself in a pinch, try using the paper for toilet seat covers in public restrooms, which are similar to expensive oil blotting papers. Tear off a piece and press firmly on the skin. Voila!
GET YOUR ZZZZS
Most Americans, especially women, are sleep deprived; causing you to be grouchy, drowsy, and forgetful, and it will also wreak havoc on your skin. An extra hour each night will make a huge difference.
WASH MAKEUP BRUSHES OFTEN AND SUN DRY
With the summer months bringing oilier skin, your makeup brushes may carry bacteria and oil in the bristles, resulting in breakouts and clogged pores. Use a tablespoon of gentle cleanser in a glass of warm water to clean your brushes by swishing them until there’s lather. Rinse, detangle with a clean comb and dry out in the sun in an upright glass. The sun will destroy bacteria and dry your brushes faster.
The #1 cause of lines and wrinkles is sun exposure. If you want to look young, avoid the sun. It's really that simple. A little sun damage = a little damage. A lot of sun = a lot of damage.
SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS IN PRODUCTS
When deciding on products to give you extra sun protection here are some ingredients to look for: avocado oil, coconut oil, emu oil, grapeseed oil and extract, honey, jojoba oil, red raspberry seed oil, rice bran oil, shea butter, tamanu oil, vitamin C, and zinc oxide.
This easy to make gel is suitable for all skin types.
Aloe vera gel benefits: Aloe is known for its penetrating ability to reach deeper layers of the dermis when applied topically to the skin. It has strong antiseptic properties to assist healing the skin. It rejuvenates skin by promoting cell growth. The neurologically calming effects of aloe vera soothe skin irritations, while its detoxifying properties help purify.
Cucumber benefits: The mild lightening properties of cucumber can reduce the appearance of dark circles under eyes, while the ascorbic acid in cucumber can decrease puffiness. Cucumber contains antioxidants, which fight free radicals that harm cells causing damage and premature aging, as well as silica, which is a trace mineral that contributes to the strengthening of our connective tissues. These properties can rejuvenate skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. The cooling effects of cucumber are a natural, gentle way to heal the skin.
Aloe Vera Cucumber Gel
1 part aloe vera gel
1 part cucumber, peel removed, roughly chopped (remove seeds)
1 part distilled water
1. Place ingredients into electric blender.
2. Whiz until well-mixed and smooth.
3. Smooth over face at bedtime and leave overnight.
4. Rinse off with warm water in the morning.
5. Keep in fridge for up to 7 days.
This gel also works as a quick, pick-me-up by applying for 10-15 minutes, then rinsing face.
Feel like a goddess and indulge your chocolate addiction using this delicious, aromatic chocolate facial mask.
This recipe is packed with ingredients for their nourishing and beautifying properties - chocolate, honey, yogurt and oatmeal - to increase blood circulation to the face for glowing, smoother, and fresher-feeling skin.
Chocolate comes from cocoa beans (or cacao beans). Raw chocolate powder, the highest known source of antioxidants, is high in antioxidant phenolic phytochemicals (polyphenols), including flavonoids, procyanidin, and resveratrol. Raw chocolate powder contains 367% more antioxidants than its cooked version. The concentration is so high that cocoa actually has greater antioxidant potential than other noteworthy antioxidants like green tea or red wine. However, not all chocolate is high in flavonoids. White chocolate has no flavonoids, while dark chocolate with its higher content of cacao has much more flavonoids than does milk chocolate.
If you opt to use dark chocolate in this recipe, instead of cacao powder, it does have fats such as kokum butter, cocoa butter or shea butter. These are used regularly as skin moisturizers and anti-inflammatory agents, all with skin softening properties. The benefits of topical chocolate application of cocoa plant extracts containing polyphenol antioxidants and xanthine derivitives will help prevent wrinkles from forming and leave your skin incredibly soft!
Honey's antibacterial and antifungal properties disinfect the skin, supporting the healing process of skin irritations. Darker honey is better to use, as it has less water and a higher content of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Another option is Manuka honey, known for its natural healing properties.
The B6 vitamin-rich yeast in yogurt will stimulate blood flow, while oatmeal helps clear clogged pores.
Chocolate Face Mask
2 - 5 tablespoons raw cacao (cocoa powder - check your local health food store; dark chocolate may be used)
3 tablespoons organic honey (darker honey is better; Manuka honey is an option)
3 - 5 tablespoons natural organic yogurt (heavy cream may be used)
1 or 2 tablespoons powdered oatmeal to bind
Mix all ingredients together to form a smooth thick paste and apply to face. Relax for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Results? Smooth, glowing gorgeous skin!
CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10), also called Vitamin Q, is a naturally occurring enzyme found in every cell of the body. Ubiquinone, an alternate name for CoQ10, is from ubiquitous, meaning "found everywhere".
CoQ10 plays a key role in producing energy in the part of a cell responsible for the production of high energy for the fuel responsible for muscle contraction. In fact, it is found in every single mitochondrial cell – and about 95% of your body’s energy is reportedly produced by these cells. It is essential to good health, and plays a particularly important role in radiant, youthful-looking skin. It is a powerful antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals in your body and helping to prevent their damaging effects on your skin. Your body produces this vital nutrient, however, as you age, your body's production of CoQ10 begins to gradual decline after the age of 20, inciting the aging process of the skin. By increasing this important enzyme, topical applications of CoQ10 have been shown to reduce the signs of aging skin.
Lowered levels of CoQ10 tend to cause a diminished production of collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules, and skin may also be more susceptible to free radical damage. Topical applications of CoQ10 boosts skin regeneration and repair, while aiding free radical damage caused by exposure sun, pollution and smoking. An added benefit is CoQ10's relatively small molecular size, making it easily absorbed by the skin.
Valid scientific studies supporting the effects of CoQ10 indicate that CoQ10 has the effectiveness to prevent many of the detrimental effects of photo-aging (the skin damage and premature aging resulting from sun damage to the skin). (1) Another study indicates CoQ10's ability to decrease 'crow's feet' around the eyes with long-term application. (2)
Whether in your 20s or your 80s, there is an overwhelmingly vast amount of scientific research that points to CoQ10 having a substantial impact on your health.
Our products are formulated with consciousness using the cleanest, safest, purest ingredients, without pore-clogging mineral oil, petrolatum or propylene glycol, exceeding FDA standards and EU Directive standards for safe cosmetics. They are also free of parabens, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances, so you can be sure that no harmful ingredients will be absorbed into the body through your skin.
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1) Coenzyme Q10, a cutaneous antioxidant and energizer
2) Modulation of oxidative stresses in human aging skin
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