Natural Remedies for Summer Skin
The heat and humidity of summer stresses the skin making it difficult to keep it calm, healthy and balanced. One way to help treat stressed skin is to keep it simple with easy recipes from nature’s summer bounty. These healthy foods and herbs provide natural healing, hydrating and detoxifying benefits to calm, cool and heal heat-stessed and sun damaged skin.
Cucumber – The flesh of the cucumber is mostly water, but it also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid. These nutrients help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling. It’s also a great source of silica which is an essential component of healthy connective tissue. It naturally hydrates the skin and helps restore the overall pH of your skin – important for clear, healthy skin (when the pH is off, our skin reacts in adverse ways). Here are some ways to use cucumber:
- Cucumber is a natural cleanser. Simply mix ½ cup of milk with one table spoon of cucumber juice and use it as a cleanser. This mixture can store for up to one day in a fridge. This will clean, tone, and refresh your skin.
- Cucumber is a natural skin lightener. Applying cucumber juice to your face can lighten the skin and minimize dark spots and freckles.
- Cucumber is an anti-inflammatory. Treat dark circles and puffy eyes with slices of cucumber. Simply place the slices over the eyes, making sure they touch the puffy or dark areas, and rest for 10-15 minutes.
Lavender – This beautiful, fragrant oil normalizes the secretion of the oil glands and is most beneficial for acne-prone skin – which can be worse in the summer. Simply use lavender oil to make a steam bath for your face by adding 6 drops of lavender essential oil into a gallon of hot (almost boiling) water placed in a bowl or basin. Hold your face over the hot water and cover your head for about 10 minutes. Pat dry.
Peppermint – This ingredient has been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and stimulating properties. Combine ½ cup of soy oil with 4 drops of peppermint essential oil and massage into tired, weary legs for about 10 minutes. Rinse in a warm shower and pat dry. You, and your legs, will feel invigorated.
Watermelon – Watermelon is 93% water and loaded with vitamins A, B6 and C to hydrate, protect your skin, prevent it from peeling and help it heal faster. For sun damaged skin, soak cotton pads with fresh watermelon juice and apply to any sunburned areas. Let the juice sit on your skin for 15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
Glycolic Peel (healthyskinsolutions.com)
Dark Spots (healthyskinsolutions.com)