The summer time is approaching ladies. It is said that African Americans adjust better to heat and the sun than some other ethnicities. However, that does not mean that we are free from the dangers of over exposure from the sun and heat. Here are some skin care tips to keep your skin healthy during the summer while maintaining a natural glow.
1. Staying Hydrated Will Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Have you ever heard the mantra that our body is made up of mostly water and that in order to keep its natural functions operating properly we should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day? Well, this is not an old wives’ tale. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is an extremely important task for people of all ethnicities. The skin care products you select should be water based. If you are uncomfortable with using products on your skin or don’t like the way it makes your skin feel, then an alternative would be to keep a spray bottle near and spray thermal water to keep yourself hydrated. Another alternative would be to rub ice cubes on your body at least once per day. Sounds sexy doesn’t it? It is and it will also assist in keeping your skin moisturized. Also, don’t forget to drink the necessary 8-10 cups of water per day.
2. Avoiding Pimples and Blackheads During The Summer
During the summer, skin is prone to the formation of pimples and blackheads. If you do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on over the counter products then you should make antibacterial cleansers from home.
Try this recipe: Lemon juice is excellent for cleaning and refreshing skin. Prepare a lotion using one teaspoon of corn flour, the juice of one lemon, 2 tablespoons of crushed oat flakes, 1 cup of aloe vera juice and two tablespoons of yogurt. Mix the ingredients until you get a homogenous lotion. Use a cotton pad to rub your skin using this homemade lotion.
I can attest to the power of aloe vera juice. My Great Grandmother would always insist that my cousins and I ate at least one piece a day from her aloe vera plant that she kept in her home. While it is not the most tasty, it does possess healing properties that work inside and out. My grandmother and grandfather would also drink aloe vera juice daily. They would chase it with a cup of orange juice and have at least one glass per day.
I have used aloe vera juice and the plant to quickly heal pimples, blackheads, cuts etc. I would simply dampen a piece of tissue with a small amount of aloe vera and rub the infected area daily. It usually took about a week for the area to heal. Aloe vera is amazing during the summer and throughout the year. If you can spare the funds, go to your local health food store and purchase a gallon of aloe vera juice. It is a great resource to keep in your home.
3. Protect Your Lips In The Summer
As a Black woman with full lips, I can attest to the fact that my lips can become dry not only in the winter but in the summer as well. So much so that they can become uncomfortable and even crack. This can be painful.
Lip balms which contain bee’s wax and vitamin E are a great lip protection. A simple lip balm recipe that can help is one table spoon natural bee wax, one quarter cup vegetable oil and one teaspoon vitamin E. Melt the bee wax in a microwave, mix with the vegetable oil and add in Vitamin E. This will keep the lips supple.
4. Sweating Is Necessary
Sweating is good for your skin! As uncomfortable as it may be, exercising during all seasons, including the hot and uncomfortable summer is necessary! Especially for your skin.
Our bodies are filled with harmful toxins. This is because toxins surround us daily. We pick them up from the foods we choose to eat, the environment we live in, and the various elements that surround us daily.
The body can release some of these toxins naturally. However, when we sweat, we allow even more of those toxins to exit our bodies. Sweat can effectively eliminate nearly thirty percent of all toxins in the body. All of this sweat can actually help to slow down the aging process, since those harmful toxins will cause the skin to age quicker. So, the more that you sweat; the better off your skin will be in nearly every manner.
You know what that means ladies? Exercise! It is good not only for your body but also your skin. Don’t let the summer heat beat you. Even if you have to go for a run when the temperature is cooler. Don’t allow the threat of sweat and heat be the reason why you refuse to exercise.
Written By: LJ Knight