The warmer weather can give you a mental and physical boost and it’s a great time to step up your self-care efforts.
This summer is quite different for many of us, with holidays being cancelled and the uncertainty of what happens next, so we wanted to highlight some summer wellness tips to feel gorgeous and healthy at home.
Summer Mind and Body Hacks
Getting outside as often as possible is great for your health and wellbeing, even if you don’t get any further than your garden or the local park.
If you’ve been doing online workouts during lockdown, these can often be easily shifted to outdoors. Yoga, Pilates and HIIT workouts all transfer easily both indoors and outdoors, for example. And for when you need a complete change of scene, walking is a great option regardless of fitness.
Taking advantage of the lighter mornings to get active can get your day off to a fab start. You can get a vitamin D boost early on in the day too.
Lots of us gravitate towards lighter, cooling foods during the summer and this can help with digestion too. Salads are the obvious choice when it’s too hot to spend time in the kitchen but fritters, wraps and other lighter options are easier for your body to digest in warmer weather.
Staying hydrated becomes particularly important in the summer months, especially if you’re also exercising regularly. As well as being good for your skin, it also supports lots of other functions in the body. Healthy muscles and cardiovascular health can benefit from good hydration, for example. Plus, it helps to flush toxins out of the body.
If you’re not a big fan of plain water, there are plenty of other options for natural hydration. We’ve featured Virtue Drinks Natural Energy Water and Remedy Drinks Raspberry Kombucha drinks in previous collections, to name just a couple of the ways you can stay hydrated and support your wellbeing.
Many foods are also naturally hydrating such as cucumbers, celery and watermelon. Snacking on them also helps to keep you feeling cooler and won’t overwhelm your digestion.
Summer Skin Hacks
Exfoliating your skin gets rid of dead skin cells and promote a healthy glow. During the summer months, your skin can produce more oil and pores can become clogged more easily. Regular exfoliation can counteract this and encourage a clearer complexion.
Exfoliating 1-2 times per week brightens and smoothes your complexion but any more than this can be irritating for your skin.
Timing can be key, especially if you’re spending a lot of time in the sun. The active ingredients in some exfoliating products can lead to sun damage if you’re out in the sun for a while afterwards, especially if you’re not using a good sunscreen.
When you’re choosing a sunscreen, a natural option that contains no nasties such as sodium laureate sulfate (SLS), parabens or phthalates. We loved including Organii Everyday Organic Facial Sun Cream in a previous collection, which also includes jojoba and argan oils and hyaluronic acid to keep skin nourished and hydrated.
Even if you’ve not exfoliated or got sunburnt, warm weather can still leave your skin parched but these types of ingredients can maintain moisture levels and keep your skin looking lovely.
Following up your exfoliation with a nourishing moisturiser is so important for helping your skin to repair afterwards. In the summer months, you can move to light but hydrating moisturisers that won’t clog your pores or feel very uncomfortable when the temperature heats up.
We’ve featured lovely products such as the Odylique Super Tonic and BAO Skincare Recovery Cream in previous collections, which definitely fall into this category.
For your body, dry brushing can also improve circulation. The Vegan Sisal Detox Body Brush included in one of our previous collections was a big hit with subscribers.
Your feet can also benefit from some TLC to get rid of dry skin and cracked heels, especially if you’re baring your feet in summer footwear for the first time this year.
Soak your feet in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes. If you’re tackling particularly hard skin, adding some Epsom salts, baking soda or vinegar can help to soften it.
Adding lemon juice or a few drops of essential oil can work well if you want to protect against fungal infections. Tea tree and lemon essential oils have anti-fungal qualities and are great for this.
You can then use a pumice stone to slough away hard skin and follow up with a balm or lotion to lock in moisture. Applying foot cream at night and popping on a pair of socks is an easy way to get silky smooth feet too.
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