A few years ago, I spent a glorious weekend under the California sun. I was in town for a graduation and the 5+ hour ceremony was outdoors. Unfortunately, by the end of the day, my skin was so badly sunburned that I couldn’t stand to be touched! On my last vacation to Las Vegas, I found myself smack dab in the middle of a heatwave. It was 117 degrees at night! The next day, we sought relief in the cool of Mt. Charleston, but hours later I was covered in mosquito bites.
As we wind down the summer weeks, I want to share with you some of my favorite tips to repair skin and hair, and get it ready for cooler weather. The following list includes my tried-and-true ingredients and methods for finding relief during the seasonal transition!
Aloe; Green Tea
Summer heat can cause major damage to sensitive skin even with the use of sunscreen. If you’ve been out frolicking in the sun or attacked by pesky biting bugs, don’t wait until it’s too late; take immediate action! Look for natural body lotions, creams or gels with aloe or green tea as the primary ingredient. These ingredients soothe, heal and refresh irritated skin. Follow these steps for face and body care:
1) Wash face and body with cool water using a gentle or foaming cleanser. If your skin feels the least bit sore, use your hands ONLY. Pat skin dry very lightly with a plush towel.
2) While skin is still damp, apply moisturizer generously to all areas using light brush strokes. Allow 5 minutes for the skin to absorb product. Be sure to sleep on a clean pillowcase and, if body was treated, wear loose fitted clothing to bed. Reapply moisturizer in the morning before heading outside again.
3) Green tea can also be used to treat an itchy scalp and before a final rinse during co-washing. Steep the tea in hot water and let cool to desired temperature. Pour over hair, allowing it to soak in, and squeeze out the excess. Apply a plastic cap and massage into the scalp for 5 minutes. Rinse out and style as usual.
Oatmeal; Brown or Raw Sugar; Sea Salt
I know these ingredients sound like the beginning of a delicious breakfast, but they’re also used for scrubbing away unsightly dead skin! Follow these steps to treat face, lips, skin, hands/cuticles and feet to find your natural autumn glow:
1) Mix a teaspoon of brown sugar with a few drops of water or lemon juice and apply to lips with fingertips in a circular motion (for one minute only) to polish away dead skin. NOTE: If lips are cracked, only use WATER! The lemon will sting. Also, be mindful of the one minute rule. Polishing your lips may also cause plumping!
2) Mix together ¼ cup of oats, ¼ cup of raw or brown sugar and ¼ cup of plain yogurt into a paste. Apply on face and massage into skin in a circular motion to remove dead skin. Rinse with cool water and pat dry lightly before sealing skin with your favorite moisturizer.
3) Mix 1 tablespoon of sea salt into ¼ cup of your favorite body cleanser and a few drops of cool water. Use this paste to massage into hands and feet. Give special attention to cuticles around the nails, knuckles, heels, ankles and soles of feet. For the shower or bath, add ¼ cup of sea salt in your favorite cleanser and apply scrub with a loofah sponge or shower puff. Rinse with warm water, pay dry and follow up with moisturizer. For product buildup on the scalp, add 1 tablespoon of sea salt to shampoo to exfoliate. Rinse hair, condition and style as usual.
Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter; Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Natural butters and oils are great for revealing your skin’s glow. In hot weather, I’ve found it better to perform these rituals in the evening before bedtime and after exfoliating. That way your skin gets to soak the product in all night. In cooler temperatures, anytime is a good time to get your glow on!
1) After bathing or exfoliating, warm butter or oil (or mix the two!) in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave for 5-10 seconds. Apply generously to face and skin and wear loose fitted clothing to bed. If applying in the morning, use a moderate amount and allow 5 minutes to absorb into skin before getting dressed.
2) For dry or brittle hair, warm butter or oil (or mix the two!) in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Dampen hair and coat thoroughly. Apply a plastic cap and let it soak into hair for 15 minutes. Wash hair, condition and style as usual.
3) Treat your senses! Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to whipped shea butter and create a jar of your own signature scent!
Use these ingredients and methods to sooth achy and irritated skin, exfoliate away dead skin, and to moisturize from head to toe after your season of summer fun. When the fall winds start blowing, trust me… Your body will indeed Thank You!
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