This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Summer is almost here and the weather has already been heating up here in Southern California. I love the warm Summer months, sitting outside at the pool or beach, watching the kids ride their bikes outside. But the warm weather can dry out my skin badly. I’ve lived here my entire life so over the years I have picked up a few tips to staying hydrated during the Summer!
Eat Water-Rich Foods – A lot of the Summer fruits that we all love have a high water content such as watermelon, strawberries, and cantaloupe. They also have many of the vitamins and minerals that help to keep your skin healthy, such as Vitamin C and Zinc which support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes are also great water rich choices. Try to replace one of your daily snacks with water-rich foods or add them to a smoothie with coconut water for a refreshing treat!
Use a Humidifier – Running a humidifier will add moisturize to the air in your house or bedroom easing dry skin, especially when you have the air conditioning running all day. It can also help you sleep better at night which can also be good for your skin. During sleeping your skin is able to recover the moisture you lose during the day.
Make a Hydrating Spray – When you’re busy spending time with your family outdoors, it’s a good idea to keep a hydrating spray with you for a quick moisture boost! Add a few drops of essential oils to a small spray bottle of water and spritz as needed. Sandalwood is one of the best essential oils for moisturizing and hydrating the skin. Lavender can help with redness and inflammation.
Use Honey on Your Skin – I often share natural skincare recipes and honey is a frequent ingredient! Not only does it have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to soothe irritation, but it is also very hydrating. You can apply raw honey to dry patches of skin and leave it on for about five minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat for a few consecutive days for best results.
Take an Oatmeal Bath – Adding a cup of oatmeal to a warm bath can naturally rehydrate dry skin. Oatmeal can help your skin retain moisture from the bath water, and is also very soothing to dry skin. Just make sure that the bath water is warm and not hot. Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, resulting in dry and itchy skin.
Increase Your Omega-3 fatty Acids – As I mentioned above, what you eat can affect the hydration in your skin. Eating food rich in omega-3 fatty acids can provide the essentials that your body uses to produce the oils on your skin. Adding oily fish such as salmon or flaxseeds to your diet can help to hydrate your skin and give it a more supple and smooth appearance.
Make a Face Mask – Homemade hydrating masks are easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients already in your kitchen such as honey, avocado, yogurt, olive oil, or bananas. One of my favorites recipes is 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 medium banana. Mash the banana then mix in the yogurt and honey to create a paste, and then leave on your skin for about 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Exfoliate – Moisture can’t penetrate your skin if it’s covered with dead cells, which is why regular exfoliation is a must for healthy skin! I like to use a simple baking soda scrub to exfoliate my face and body. I keep a shaker in the shower, mix a bit in my hand with water and apply all over my skin. Exfoliation will improve the absorption of your moisturizer or lotion products, but be sure to limit it to once a week.
Use Also Vera Gel – During the Summer when it’s hot outside I don’t always want to apply greasy lotion to my skin. Instead, I smooth aloe vera gel on my face and body. Not only does it provide a protective layer on my skin to help retain moisture, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties and contains Vitamin C and E which can help with anti-aging.
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