Summer Skin Survival Part 2

In part one of our series we discussed the importance of hydration and exfoliation. Today we will discuss boosting skin’s glow from the inside and the importance of detoxifying and fortifying the skin with clay.

3. Feed your face with the fruits of summer: It’s no coincidence that watermelon is ripe and wonderful in summer, it is packed with electrolytes that help quench your thirst and compensate for water lost in the hot summer sun. Watermelon is high in vitamin B6 which helps combat stress and anxiety. The high lycopene content of watermelon helps to decrease free radical damage and slow down the aging process.
Berries of all colors especially blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries contain antioxidants that help prevent skin damage from sun exposure. Berries are also naturally high in alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes making them an ideal topical skin brightening treatment. Try this simple recipe for glowing skin.

Summer Berry Brightening Mask
1 ripe strawberry
1 ripe raspberry
3 ripe blueberries
2tsp raw unfiltered honey

Mash berries with a fork or purée them in a blender, combine with honey. Apply to skin and leave on 10-15 minutes, rinse with cool water.

Honey is anti microbial and helps encourage cellular turnover, it is also hydrating and plumping. Strawberries brighten skin and lighten marks left from skin blemishes. High in vitamin C, strawberries also prolong the life of collagen helping the skin look younger longer. Blueberries and raspberries are high in vitamin A and other antioxidants that balance skin oil production. The berries are also used for their skin cleansing enzymes that brighten the skin and break up and help fade brown pigmentation spots.

If all this talk of berries sound delicious, try this!
Berry Melon Cooler
In a blender combine:
3 cups chopped watermelon
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh strawberries, hauled
raw honey to taste
Blend until smooth pour into a glass and top off with sparkling water.

4. Rejuvenate: applying a clay mask can help cool your skin and prevent breakouts by detoxifying pores and repairing the skin. There are actually lots of different types of clays that we use in skincare, each one has unique properties that make it more or less beneficial for a particular skin type.
For oily acne prone skin I recommend French Green Clay because it has tremendous absorbing powers. It easily and effectively draws oils, toxins and impurities from deep within the pores. You may even feel a slight tingling sensation when you use this mask which is ok because the increased stimulation brings blood to the surface of the skin resulting in a more refreshed, revitalized appearance.
For those with normal to dry, even sensitive skin I recommend French Pink Clay. This gorgeous rosy clay is considered the mildest of all the clays. It gently but effectively purifies even the most sensitive skin. It successfully draws surface toxins from the skin without over-drying. Additionally it softens plumps and refreshes the skin and with consistent use helps minimize pours.
Clay masks are simple to use, I recommend buying a clay mask in powdered form and adding water. Simply take 1-2 teaspoons of clay and mix it with 1-2 teaspoons of water. Mix until clay has a smooth consistency, apply and leave on until it dries, you will feel a tightening and pulling effect as the clay dries. Once dried rinse your skin with cool water.

Pick up your clay mask at Tracy’s Spa for $8

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That’s all for today, tomorrow we will focus on keeping skin and lips moisturized. I hope you are enjoying my summer skin series.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me 2tracyspa@gmail.com or ask me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tracysspa
Be Well
Tracy

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