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|Hydration and treatment can help your skin thrive in the warmer months.|
Summer brings sunshine and many exciting opportunities to get out and have fun with family and friends.
While these joyous times make the season special, all that sun exposure can wreak havoc on skin without the proper precautions.
Whether you’re dining out, going for a swim, sweating it out on your bike, or just spending a few moments soaking up the sun, it’s important to take care of your body so you can enjoy those rays throughout your day. the season.
As an important aspect of overall health, staying hydrated also helps maintain your skin’s water content. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially as temperatures rise and you spend more time outdoors. Another delicious way to avoid dehydration — leading to energy loss, in mild cases — is to eat fruits and vegetables with high water content. An example is watermelon, which is 92% water and can help restore fluids.
Prioritize skin protection
Whether you are in the sun for a few minutes or a few hours, it is essential to protect the skin by applying sunscreen.
On days when the UV Index is 3 or higher, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 15 or higher. Another option is to wear light, loose clothing that covers as much of the skin as possible while remaining comfortable in the heat.
Refresh your face
As one of the most sun-exposed parts of the body, your face is perhaps the most important area to care for during the sunniest months.
An all-natural do-it-yourself facial offers a brightening and hydrating way to pamper yourself.
For a real boost from the comfort of your own home, try this quick and easy solution: mix 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (to exfoliate and purify) with 1 tablespoon of watermelon juice (for hydration). Apply the mask to your face and neck for 10 minutes, then rinse and pat your skin dry.
Keep the whole body in mind
Although your face is likely to see a lot of sun, that shouldn’t mean you’re neglecting the rest of your body. This gentle body scrub can give you the glow you’ve been looking for with a sweet, fruity scent.
Here’s how to exfoliate and buff your skin: Mix 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/4 cup watermelon juice. If desired, add 1 tsp microplaned watermelon rind and 1 tbsp olive oil.
Store the scrub in an airtight container for up to 1 week, and when you shower, gently rub a handful of the scrub into your skin, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
For more skin care solutions and other health and nutrition information, visit watermelon.org.
Sensitive skin care
For many, summer skincare can be as simple as following a basic routine. However, those with more sensitive skin may require extra attention. Try this soothing and cleansing home remedy to hydrate and tone sensitive skin.
Watermelon mask and toner
Watermelon Banana Mask:
1 tablespoon of watermelon juice
2 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup watermelon juice
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1 teaspoon of distilled water
To make a watermelon and banana mask: In a bowl, combine watermelon juice (for hydration) and mashed banana (to reduce inflammation). Apply the mask to the face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Dry.
To make watermelon toner: In a small bowl, combine watermelon juice with witch hazel and water. Apply toner to clean face and leave for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Dry.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days.