Hello Sunshine, here are some simple luxurious tips that you can use for soft and hydrated summer skin. You'll need to stock up on natural humectants to help keep your skin super hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to keep your whole body hydrated but if you want to target your skin you'll also need to apply hydrating treatments topically.
WHAT IS A HUMECTANT?
A humectant attracts and retains moisture in the skin to keep it soft, healthy and hydrated.
Natural humectants: Honey, aloe vera, witch hazel gel, live yogurt, glycerin, all citrus fruits, mango, guava, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries.
TIP 1. FRUIT WATER: Why not include these fruits in your healthy daily water bottle, make up a tray of ice cubes with chunks of different fruits, pop one or two into your bottle in the morning. Staying hydrated aids concentration and clear brain function.
MAKE EXFOLIATING & MOISTURISING YOUR BEST FRIENDS:
TIP 2: Keeping your skin exfoliated will ensure any moisture loving ingredients can really soak in deeply and lock moisture in.
. Mix up a face mask from pretty much any combination of the ingredients above, I love aloe, organic honey with a couple of raspberries for my skin.
. Mix one of our face masks up with honey, live yogurt or aloe for added hydration. Each of these three clay powder masks include a deeply moisturising botanical ingredient, coconut milk powder, hibiscus powder and citrus extracts.
. Aloe is fantastic cooling go-to, combine with witch hazel gel, naturally toning. Keep your aloe in the fridge for cool relief.
. Exfoliate, in the shower regularly, citrus is amazing for a refreshing shower scrub and even the peel from citrus will hydrate the skin.
Exfoliating citrus scrub:
1 cup salt
1 lemon or lime
20 drops of your favourite citrus essential oil.
Blitz in the blender and store in a cool place.
. Moisturise, once you've hydrated the deeper layers of your skin you'll need to lock that moisture in with a great moisturiser. Coconut oil provides long lasting silky smoothed skin. I've formulated body balms that don't need to be applied every day as they are highly concentrated, I've combined organic wild flower oils that are packed with moisturising properties, a little really does go a long way.
I love to share these recipes with you and I would love to hear from you, let me know in the comments section below, what was most useful to you in the blog, what would you like me to talk about in blog posts, how do you hydrate your skin during the summer?