Summer Skin Survival Part 3

A Hydrated Skin is a Functioning Skin.  A Functioning Skin is a Glowing Skin!

In the real estate industry they talk about location, location, location. In the skin care industry we talk about hydration, hydration, hydration. In the last 2 installments of our summer skin series we’ve discussed the importance of hydrating the skin from the inside. Today we are going to the discuss ways to lock in hydration with moisturizers.

5. Moisturize: In the summer it is tempting to forego the moisturizer because your skin may not feel as dry. Moisturizers perform many functions, one of those is to act as a barrier on the skin’s surface locking valuable moisture in the cells. In the summer, use a light weight moisturizer, preferably one with SPF or sun filters. Look for ingredients like rosehips and evening primrose oils to help repair sun damage and maintain healthy collagen. Try this luxurious body oil to heal and protect skin all summer long.

Summer Body Oil
1 ounce Avocado oil
1 ounce Jojoba oil
2 drops Carrot seed essential oil
4 drops Frankincense essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Store in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Apply daily to moisturize and prevent sun damage.

Avocado oil is naturally high in vitamins A, D and E, it also even has some natural sun diffusing properties. While avocado oil is not classified as an SPF, it is said to have a sun protecting factor between 4-18! Avocado oil has skin softening and healing properties that help to reverse sun damage and lighten scars and brown spots.
Jojoba oil contains natural anti-inflammatory properties, it’s very much like the skin’s natural oil so it absorbs quickly and does not have a greasy feel. It is also known to have antibacterial properties, so it’s great for reducing breakouts and wound healing.
Frankincense and lavender essential oils help to heal, restore tone to skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and repair sun damage. They also help address skin discoloration, reduce inflammation and balance oil production.
Carrot seed oil is high in vitamin C and E. It enhances the body’s immune response to the sun and encourages cell growth and repair.

6. Lip service: Did you know that dry lips look smaller? It’s true! Summer heat and dehydration can zap the moisture out of your lips making them look smaller. Achieve softer, smoother lips with this exfoliation treatment.

Coconut Kiss Lip Polish
1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Raw Unfiltered Honey

Combine all ingredients and gently apply to lips in a circular motion. You can also apply the mixture to a baby tooth brush and gently rub your lips. Rinse and follow up with lip balm.

Brown sugar and honey are hydrophilic meaning they attract moisture. Honey also plumps the lips.
Coconut oil has a rich texture and is rich in vitamins and minerals.

That’s all for today, be sure to check back tomorrow as we share a cool homemade bronzer recipe and discuss the importance of sleep! I’d love to know what you think of my Summer Skin series.  Please feel free to email me with questions at 2tracyspa@gmail.com or leave a comment. If there are any other topics you’d like me to discuss in an email please let me know.
Be Well
Tracy

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