The summer is upon us. With the sun eating down every day, this Texas heat wave is in full force with temperatures already having approached the triple digits. Even walking around at Hermann Park, I see the children jumping through the fountains for some cooling relief from the pounding heat. Tourists and students wait around
The summer is upon us. With the sun eating down every day, this Texas heat wave is in full force with temperatures already having approached the triple digits. Even walking around at Hermann Park, I see the children jumping through the fountains for some cooling relief from the pounding heat. Tourists and students wait around all year for the fun days at the beach, waiting for that golden tan to set in. However, spending too many summer days outside can cause permanent sun damage that we don’t see until many years later.
After the sun tucks itself away beyond the hillside, we are left gazing up at the clouds saying hello to cooler days ahead. But we are left feeling parched. Our skin needs cooling and replenishment from moisture lost.
There are several ways to restore our skin’s vitality after a long summer.
One of the most simple and sought-after ways to put the pep back into your skin is to stock up on some ice-cold, mineral-rich coconut water. The water contains a unique combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, micronutrients, and phytohormones that are exceptionally beneficial to your health. A scientific review published in the journal Molecules, highlights a few key of its health benefits: helps prevent heart attacks, lowers high blood pressure, provides anti-aging effects, fights free radicals, and the water contains Trans-Zeatin which can be used to treat Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Drinking a coconut is like a drinking a Gatorade without the added sugar. Coconut Water serves as a great source of potassium and is loaded with electrolytes to restore any moisture loss. The coconut is fat- and cholesterol-free, so many choose to eat the coconut meat from the inside of the coconut to gain added nutrients. My favorite brands are found at Whole Foods. Make sure to read the label and try to find drinks with no added sugars. These added boosts like cane sugar and caffeine will give you a major rush but then can lead to a crash and burn scenario soon after.
Another natural and readily available form is moisture is found in most super markets and some of you may have them growing in your backyard. Used for centuries in medicinal practices, aloe vera can heal parched skin. Not only does the aloe plant contain superior digestive properties to aid in the process of food consumption, but you can break off a piece and dive into the clear, jelly-like fillet. Aloe will give you your soft, supple glow back. It helps relieve redness and alleviate any sunburn patches all over the body. Aloe is safe on the face, hair, and body, a true superstar of the plant world. Aloe vera improves wound healing and inhibits inflammation after surgeries. Relatively cheap in cost, this is essentially a miracle broth you don’t have to cook or conjure. Visit your local grocery store and stock up on some today. Your sun-kissed skin will definitely be thanking you later.
It’s worth noting that aloe vera is an effective anti-aging treatment. As one of the best natural anti-aging products, as aloe contains no mineral oil, no parabens or other chemical ingredients that are found in many big-name skin care products, and are considered to be potentially risky to your skin and health. Aloe is also found in liquid- and capsule-form, and in some sports drinks.
Lastly, we must always make sure to mask up. Not with the popular mud masks for impurities, but replenishing moisture masks made of cooling algae and avocado. Don’t forget to stock up on some bananas while you are out grocery shopping, which you can use as an all-natural, homemade facial mask to moisturize your skin, leaving it looking and feeling softer and smoother. Simply mash up a ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently spread it over your face and neck. Allow it to penetrate for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Another popular moisture mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 medium banana.
Rain or shine, we should always look after ourselves and be mindful of the skin we are in. After the sunshine, sweep off the dry flakes and hydrate.