Summer Skin Survival Part 4

Is the SPF in your foundation or tinted moisturizer really protecting your skin?

Yesterday we discussed the importance of locking in hydration by using moisturizers and keeping lips soft and supple with a coconut kiss lip polish. Today we are going to discuss summer makeup and the importance of sleep. These may seem like two random topics I threw together, but actually you can’t have beautiful skin and makeup without your beauty sleep!

7. Lighten up the Makeup: During the summer months consider switching up your foundation for a light weight tinted moisturizer. Heavier foundations and powders tend to melt on hot skin and travel into lines and creases accentuating them making them look deeper. Instead, try a tinted moisturizer, the moisturizer will give skin a plump, luminous look and the tint will cover any imperfections.
This may come as a surprise, but I’m not a big fan of SPF’s in foundations and tinted moisturizers, I don’t mind that they are in the product, but they often give women a false sense of security. Studies show that a thin layer of foundation is not enough coverage to protect the skin. You would have to really cake on the makeup to get the full effect of the SPF. In fact you would need 7 times the normal foundation and 14 times the normal powder to get the sun protection factor on the label! Instead, dermatologist recommend that you apply a thin, even coat of sunscreen, approximately 1 teaspoon for the face, neck and ears. Let the sunscreen soak into your skin for a minute or two, then dab off the excess with a tissue, then begin applying your make up. For a comprehensive guide on the best and worst sunscreens I recommend checking out Environmental Working Groups 2016 Sunscreen Guide. https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/
Try this simple recipe to get a bronzed look without self tanner!

Natural Bronzer
Mix 1 teaspoon of Organic Sunscreen and a pinch of loose Mineral Bronzer in the palm of your hand. Blend it over your face for an instant glow!

8. Don’t skimp on sleep: It’s so easy now that the days are long to stay awake longer. Lack of sleep can lead to increased cortisol levels, which may slow the production of collagen in the skin. When our skin stops producing collagen it begins to lose resilience and starts looking tired and worn. Check out this sleep study done in England. The results are astounding, especially the effect lack of sleep had on the participant’s face in such a short time.
Try this soothing essential oil blend in a diffuser to create a relaxing atmosphere that will help you fall asleep.

Sleepy Summer Citrus Blend
6 drops Grapefruit essential oil
6 drops Bergamot essential oil
6 drops Lime essential oil
4 drops Ginger essential oil
2 drops Sandalwood essential oil

Blend all oils together in a small Amber glass or cobalt glass bottle with a dropper on top. Swirl bottle to make sure all oils combine. Allow oils to mix and mingle for about 30 minutes to an hour before using them. Add 4-6 drops of the blend to a diffuser. Inhale. Relax. Repeat…sleep!

Citrus essential oils are uplifting and antidepressant, they also increase your ability to concentrate and help clear the mind of negative thoughts and the never ending to do list that always seems to pop up when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Ginger essential oil is warming and soothing, it decreases inflammation in the body and aides in digestion. Because ginger is relaxing to the digestive tract and offers anti-inflammatory properties as well as helping the body release tension.
Sandalwood has an ancient history of use in prayer and meditation rituals, it is deeply relaxing and said to help bring mental clarity and promote healthy sleep.

That’s all for today, be sure to check back tomorrow when we wrap up our 10 Steps to Helping Your Skin Survive and Thrive¬†Through Summer.

I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment or send your questions me at 2tracyspa@gmail.com or via Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tracysspa.

Be Well
Tracy

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