If your summer is going the way you want, you are hitting the pool, heading to the beach or generally basking in the hot, hot rays of the sun. This is all great fun, but kind of hard on your skin.
Summer skin care may not be the first thing you think of once classes are out and the temperatures start to inch up, but a little attention to your face (and all your skin) can go a long way to presenting your best face for the summer. Read on for some DIY skin care recipes to give your face and body a healthy, fresh look June through August and beyond.
Scrub-a-dub-dub for your face
No matter what your skin type or issue, there is a DIY skin care recipe to help your problem. Catherine Winter-Hébert posted “7 DIY Face Masks for Gorgeous Spring and Summer Skin” at Inhabit.com July 31, 2013, with her summer skin care concoctions:
1. Dry Skin? Try a mask with avocado, honey and coconut oil to moisturize and heal dry patches.
2. Acne or eczema a problem? Then a soothing oatmeal mask with yogurt and honey may help soothe your skin.
3. Try a papaya mask to get a few more antioxidants into your skin care routine. The fruit’s enzymes “help to slough away old, dry skin cells for a glowing, healthy complexion,” according to Winter-Hébert.
4. Detoxify and de-puff with a mocha mask. The combination of cocoa and yogurt will reduce swelling and puffiness, while moisturizing your skin.
5. A strawberry/lemon mask will not only combat acne issues, but the leftovers taste great!
6. If you have problems with rosacea, consider a redness-reducing mask with oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, honey, yogurt and green tea.
7. Even dudes can get their mask on with a formulation just for them! A mix of cucumber and Greek yogurt is great for combating razor burn.
Beyond masks to daily care
While a DIY mask is a great way to kick-start your skin care for the summer, what about keeping the ‘ole money maker looking good day-to-day? Teen Vogue has its own beauty solutions in Krystin Arneson’s “8 DIY Summer Skin Ideas, from Body Scrubs to Face Masks.”
First step after a sweaty day outdoors? Steam it out. Arneson suggests using a quart-sized pot, filling it with water and heating it up on the stove. “Take your pot off the heat once the water is at a rolling boil, then (carefully!) hover your face over it, placing a towel over your head to trap in the steam,” she wrote.
You can also cook up your own lavender cleanser, perfect for sensitive or dry skin, by mixing organic oats, mineral water, an egg yolk, almond oil and lavender essential oil.
Need something to fix long-term sun damage or any sunburn? Arneson offers a DIY serum of fresh watermelon juice and raw honey. Combine the two ingredients well, apply in a circular motion on the damaged areas and let it soak in for 20 minutes.
Other summer skin care concerns
But what if your face is just fine, but some other body part needs some attention before you head out to enjoy the summer? The LiveWell Network’s Steven and Chris offered their suggestions in “Summer Skin Issues Solved.”
- Bumps on the backs of your arms. Often food allergies such as gluten and dairy are to blame. Try cutting them out from your diet and see if the bumps improve.
- Ingrown hairs. Noticing an increase in ingrown hairs along your bikini line or under your arms? Try tea tree oil. Steven and Chris wrote, “It’s a great antibacterial to help with healing infected ingrown hairs. Tea tree oil will help prevent infection and sterilize the area.” They recommend diluting it for sensitive areas.
- Rough, cracked feet. Here is a simple, three-step process to keep your feet flip-flop and sandal-ready. Before bed, scrub your feet. Then apply a moisturizer, and finally put on socks and go to sleep. After a night or two of this, your feet will be summer ready.
Try these DIY skin care recipes for the summer and soon you will be looking your best for all the warm-weather fun you can handle!
How do you keep your face, and all your skin for that matter, looking its best during the summer? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments.